The White House Has Our Back

The White House Has Our Back

Finally! Last month, came an announcement that all women should have been glad to hear: the highest level of government thinks it is high time we invest in women's health. Not just because we are, after all, representing half of the population, or because we are affected adversely in our daily life, but also, because there is a pretty big knowledge gap in this area. In other words, science is ill-equipped to help women because there is a lack of understanding of what we have been going through, since . . . forever? And of course, menopause is a big part of this missing piece. 

I know it sounds a little out there, like "What do you mean, science is ill-equipped?" Well, if you don't agree with our reading, maybe the words of Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic in the Department of Medicine and director of the Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic will carry more weight. In her interview with Ali Rogin (PBS, April 30th 2023), she states "We published a study a few years ago on how much training medical residents were getting and those were residents and internal medicine, family medicine and OBGYN and the bottom line is that none of those residency programs were receiving much in the way of education on menopause about one to two hours at most, and the majority of those residents felt uncomfortable managing menopause when they graduated their training programs, but also I think, many physicians feel that there isn't anything to do about the symptoms"

So we say, the acknowledgement of this gap, and the will to bridge it are definitely ten steps in the right direction. We just need to keep going . . . 

Click here to read the announcement from the White House