The CEO of Gennev, Jill Angelo, recently wrote a blog about the importance of knowing “normal.” What is normal for our bodies, and what signals a need to get some help?
So much can change so quickly and so profoundly as we move through the menopause transition, we often don’t know if what we’re experiencing is normal – heck, we may not even know what we’re experiencing is hormonal!
The more conversations we have, the more accurate, actionable information that’s out there, the better women will be able to assess their experience and make informed decisions about their health.
Very often, the symptom IS just menopause.
Sometimes it’s not.
And sometimes, even if it IS “just menopause,” you should still consult with a doctor because if that symptom is impacting your quality of life, you may have good options for managing it and getting your life back.
Some in the medical community call them the “walking wounded” – those whose symptoms are definitely uncomfortable, something is undeniably wrong, but it doesn’t show up on any tests. The patient knows something’s amiss, but test after test comes back negative or maybe “borderline” but not conclusive, so it turns into a “wait and see if things get worse.”
Women are very very good at being the “walking wounded.” We think, It’s really not serious enough to see a doctor about, or It’s just hormones, or perhaps, My doctor won’t be able to help; why bother?
Plus, so much of menopause doesn’t show up on a test – that crushing fatigue, interrupted sleep, itchy skin, tingling fingers, painful breasts don’t show up on a test – but that doesn’t mean they’re not happening or that they’re not really impacting your quality of life.
We think it’s men who are reluctant to see their physician when they need to, but the truth is many women don’t either. For lots of reasons.
If any of those keep you from seeking answers to health questions or help with a condition, then we want to tell you about a better way.
At Gennev, we believe all women should know their normal, and we think the medical community at large should have better guidelines to define and help women understand the boundaries.
So we’re attacking this rather large concern from a couple of angles:
The Gennev Menopause Assessment
We created our Menopause Assessment to give women an idea on where they are in the menopause transition and how their symptoms compare to other women.
What better way to realize you’re “normal” than to see your results come up smack in the middle of a whole lot of other women’s?
After completing the Assessment, women have the option to consult with one of Gennev’s menopause-specialist ob/gyns or nurse practitioners to review their results and get answers to any remaining questions.
Geneva's Virtual Menopause Clinic
Speaking of menopause specialists, Gennev’s telemedicine service is staffed entirely by health care professionals who are well versed in menopause symptoms and treatments.
Remember that list above of reasons why women don’t go to the doctor? Telemed can answer all of them, meaning no woman has to go without the care she needs.
And if one of our practitioners believes your symptoms are outside the boundaries of “normal,” they can help you figure out what to do next to protect your health.
Don’t be one of the Walking Wounded, suffering unnecessarily and worried your symptoms may point to something worse than “just menopause.”
Take the Menopause Assessment. If you have questions or concerns, schedule an appointment to talk with one of Gennev’s telemedicine specialists about your unique menopause experience. Get back your peace of mind and get on path to regaining control of your health in midlife and menopause.
Would you consider yourself one of the Walking Wounded? Have you chosen not to seek help, or have you tried but were unable to get a satisfactory answer? We’d love to hear your story and share it with other women who may be in the same situation. Join our Facebook page, or in midlife & menopause solutions, our closed Facebook page.