Since every woman’s menopause experience is unique, both in symptoms and the impact on their lives, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Teva Woman’s Health, Inc) a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., has created The Menopause Impact Tool–a simple questionnaire that is designed to help facilitate a dialogue between a woman and her healthcare provider by assessing her menopause symptoms and the overall impact on her life. It also serves as a catalyst to help women improve the quality of the time they have with their healthcare provider during office visits. Women can go to CopeWithMenopause.com to use the tool and print a one-page analysis. The analysis can be shared with their healthcare provider on their next office visit. According to the “Menopause Impact Survey”, sponsored by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and conducted by Yankelovich Inc., a majority of women reported their menopause symptoms negatively impacted their personal health and well-being (67%); sex life (58%) and relationship with their significant other (52%). While many women accept menopause as a part of life, a majority were surprised by the timing and impact that menopause had on their lives, with two-thirds of women reporting being unprepared for the symptoms and impact of menopause. Menopause also negatively impacts the core of a woman’s physical and emotional well-being, even her confidence and self-esteem. In particular, 87% of women experience anxiety, depression and mood swings, and these symptoms negatively impact their relationships, family life and career. “What’s interesting about this survey is that so many women reported that menopause impacted their interpersonal relationships, sex lives and social lives,” says Bob Berkowitz, a relationship expert and noted author. “Both the physical and emotional symptoms can interfere in a woman’s life to the point where they impact a woman’s self esteem. That’s why it’s so important for women to be open with those in their lives, especially their partners and healthcare providers. And most importantly, remember they are not alone.”

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