THE PERIMENOPAUSAL PERIOD

Implications for Nurse-Midwifery Practice

Authors

  • Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan CNM, MN,

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    • Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan, CNM, MN, is an assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She served as faculty for the ACNM Continuing Education regional workshop, Prime Time. Perimenopausal Women, and is currently a full-time doctoral student.

  • Mary C. Brucker CNM, DNSc

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    • Mary C. Brucker, CNM, DNSc, is Director of Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery, Dallas, Texas, and served as faculty for the ACNM Continuing Education regional workshop, Prime Time: Perimenopausal Women.


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.

ABSTRACT

As more women move into their 40s, it can be anticipated that nurse-midwives will be sought to continue to provide care and anticipatory guidance in the perimenopausal period. This article reviews definitions, demographics, physiology, and clinical manifestations of the perimenopausal period. In addition, management strategies other than hormone replacement therapy for the common discomforts of menopause are identified and discussed.

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