Pharmacists and Your Menopause Care

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: February 16, 2022

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”

– Hippocrates

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

By the year 2025, there will be 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world. That is an astonishing figure considering that the entire world population at that time will be 8 billion people. 75% of these women will experience hot flashes, night sweats and an array of other menopausal symptoms which may affect their quality of life. Menopause sometimes is even associated with the development of an increased risk for developing other diseases such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. All these factors will put an increasing burden on our healthcare providers.

I bring this to your attention now because even in the year 2022, it is sometimes difficult for women to get the medical support they need at menopause that would help them manage their menopausal symptoms. This leads woman wondering just what they should do. Needless to say, they are not getting symptomatic relief for their symptoms.

Could there be light at the end of the tunnel? I believe the answer is yes If women begin reaching out to their local pharmacists for help. Many of us don’t realize how important pharmacists are in our care. Pharmacists are highly educated health professionals, and their education is among the most rigorous in the entire healthcare field.

Perhaps, I am a little biased because I have been fortunate to have had three pharmacists in my family. Two are women and they live in Italy.

We all know how frustrating it is sometimes to get a quick appointment with our doctors. Sometimes there even is a several weeks wait before we can get in to see them. If this occurs, your local pharmacist can be of a lot of help to you. Most often you will be provided with a valuable source of information, as well as support.

There is no need to schedule an appointment to speak to the pharmacist. All you need to do is just walk in and ask your questions. Some pharmacists can help you with professional referrals to doctors. They also may provide you with information on nonprescription alternative products, prescribed drugs and counsel you on lifestyle modifications which may help to ameliorate your menopausal symptoms.

It certainly can be very challenging for women to understand and find suitable products that are safe and effective in treating their symptoms. A pharmacist can be an essential source to answer all their questions. Pharmacists provide medication counseling to help you better understand the medications which your doctor has prescribed. A pharmacist will also explain how to use these products, how to store them safely, and, if necessary, help you to choose lower cost alternatives to specific medications. And, importantly, they will check for potential unsafe interactions between different medications.

Most pharmacists take pride in establishing good relationships with their customers. It builds better loyalty, trust and improves the quality of their customers lives.

In closing, remember, consider making your pharmacist part of your menopause medical team. They can play an integral role in your menopausal care.

Good Health to You All,

Karen Giblin