Menopause: There’s an app for that

512693513It’s no secret that tracking, much less managing, symptoms of menopause can be a daunting challenge. Now, there’s an app that may help women get a handle on their most common symptoms and even help physicians map out a customized treatment plan.

MenoPro is an app developed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers with the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Designed to bring women and doctors together, MenoPro offers a place for women to record symptoms and receive advice on how to best manage things like hot flashes and night sweats.

Clinicians are also able to use the app to help create a personalized treatment plan for each woman. An algorithm takes into account your symptoms, preference, risk factors and medical history to make recommendations on treatment. While there is no substitute for a strong relationship with a knowledgeable, certified menopause practitioner (look for the NCMP after their name), this app does offer great promise in helping women take control of their symptoms.

With this app, women have the power to recognize patterns, identify triggers and begin to modify their behavior to help avoid and manage some of their symptoms. And one of the things I like best of all, is that if offers a place for woman to record what they are experiencing. It can be extremely difficult to recall symptoms and situations when meeting face-to-face with a doctor. This app puts it all, quite literally, at your fingertips.

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your physician. The right doctor can walk you through all your treatment plans to help you find the one that will work for you.

 

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Contributed by

James A. Simon

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