Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
If you are a woman who has ever had the urge to rip your clothes off and stand with your head in the freezer because of a particularly bad hot flash, then tonight's Healthy Woman meeting is for you.
That's because this quarterly meeting of Healthy Woman is focusing on "Hot Summer Nights-The Facts About Menopause."
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodward Regional Hospital cafeteria. Healthy snacks will be provided.
The meeting is free to anyone who wishes to attend and will offer information from keynote speaker, Dr. Troy Lehman, an obstetrics and gynecologist specialist in Woodward.
"This is something that every woman will encounter in their lifetime," Lehman said. "So it is very pertinent to all women."
Lehman said he will focus his comments on sharing helpful information about treatment options for the symptoms of menopause, which can become disruptive in some women's lives.
"It is something that most women will be talking to their doctor about beginning in the 50s but I have also seen women in their mid-30s and 40s with these issues as well," he said.
There are any number of growing treatments available, Lehman said. But he suggested that each woman is different and so one treatment that might be good for one woman, might not be the right choice for the next one.
"Our jobs as doctors is to stay abreast of the latest statistical data regarding treatments such as hormonal therapies and things like bio-identicals so that we can safely treat our patients," Lehman said.
With meetings quarterly, Healthy Woman events put on by Woodward Regional Hospital are organized specifically to provide a higher level of exposure to information valuable for Woodward area women to stay healthy. This includes letting women know what resources are available locally to meet their health needs.
"We are seeing the expansion of our women's services here in Woodward and having Dr. Lehman on the medical staff is a benefit," Messenger said. "He likes to talk with women and help educate them about how to gather all the facts. One solution is not good for everyone and he wants to help them make the best decision for them."