Goals and Objectives 

This activity will serve to enhance the skills of those already working in women's health as well as help develop new skills for those expanding their work to include more primary care and office obstetrics and gynecology.

In addition to irregular menstrual cycles, perimenopausal women often suffer for years with symptoms of hot flushes, depression, anxiety, vaginal dryness, and general feelings of being unwell. For many of these women, the impact on quality of life may be significant. Healthcare providers often treat the irregular bleeding, but pay less attention to the broad complex of symptoms affecting these women.

The goal of this session is to discuss appropriate treatment of the perimenopause, which requires an understanding of the hormonal and physiologic changes of this period; a review of the symptoms; and a knowledge of effective treatment strategies that address the symptoms allowing comprehensive, yet individualized patient-centered care. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be able to:

  • Recognize the perimenopause as a unique physiologic event;
  • Identify treatment strategies for perimenopausal symptoms, including the latest findings and recommendations from the SWAN study;
  • Recognize the perimenopause as an opportunity to counsel women about short- and long-term healthy lifestyle choices.

Course Information

CME Release Date: August 04th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  August 04th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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