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The Women First program is an educational project that aims to raise women’s awareness about current reproductive health issues as well as the challenges that may arise throughout a woman’s life. The program includes educational articles, brochures and services related to women’s health, pregnancy and transition to menopause.

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Menopause: How to address challenges of intimacy during menopause

CAN HORMONAL CHANGES CAUSE INTIMACY ISSUES?  Menopause can have consequences on relationships and sexual health. In addition to psychological issues that can make intimate relationships and desire complicated, there are physical issues that can make those relationships painful. The main menopause symptom related to sexual issues isvaginal dryness.1 HOW DO THESE CHANGES EXPLAIN A DECREASED…

How to manage your sleep during menopause?

HOW COMMON IS INSOMNIA AMONG PERI- AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN? Sleeping problems are quite common among peri- and post-menopausal women. Roughly 50% or more of women undergoing menopause struggle with lack of sleep1,2, indicating a higher prevalence rate compared with those in the pre-menopause stage2. Peri- and post-menopausal women also experience more frequent and more severe…

Psychological consequences of menopause

While not directly linked to psychiatric illness1, menopause is likely to be a period of psychological stress for women. Studies have shown that during the perimenopausal and menopausal transitions, women may experience mild anxiety and depression due to hormone changes2, but these changes may not lead to severe depression. Considering the many responsibilities that women…

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Rosana’s story: Learning about menopause helps cope with it

I was 45 and was suffering from hot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstrual flow and insomnia. I also started to forget basic things, had brain fog and sudden sadness right after the flashes – it felt like a metaphysical sensation. I was still menstruating, but irregularly. I’d had terrible anxiety in the past — panic…

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