What is menopause? I’m 30 years old and have heard it groused about for years, but I really don’t know what it is. I have heard from older women with CF that maybe it starts earlier in CF women and that the experience could be different from the non-CF population. I know it has something to do with hormonal changes, more estrogen, maybe? But I have no idea how it will impact my health in the future or what signs and symptoms I should be on the lookout for. On this one, I will follow the girl scouts’ mantra “always be prepared.”
Luckily, CFReSHC is hosting their next Patient Task Force meeting about the menopause experience. It is a great opportunity for any adult woman with CF to learn about what to expect in a few years’ time or to share your wisdom and questions if you’re experiencing or have experienced it.
The meeting will be December 10th from 2-4pm EST. Laura Mentch, Health Educator, will be sharing her knowledge on the subject.
Please email info@CFReSHC.org, or follow us on facebook for more information.
By Georgia Brown
As a woman with Cystic Fibrosis, at 47, I am considered old—but it is a title I relish. It means I have weathered the CF storm and I look at each birthday as an accomplishment. But as I enter the next phase of my life, I find I have more questions than answers.
While I don’t fear menopause necessarily, I do fear embarking on this life changing phase without understanding how CF puts its unique twist on it. And that is why I am glad that I have found the Cystic Fibrosis Reproductive and Sexual Health Collaborative (CFReSHC). Each month the group meets to discuss issues specific to women with CF. Then CFReSHC uses the feedback from meeting participants to help shape future CF research. This is one way, we, as patients, pave the way for improved sexual and reproductive healthcare.
The next virtual meeting “Hormones Across the Lifespan” will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 11 am to 1:00 pm EST. Dr. Raksha Jain of the University of Texas Southwestern will discuss how hormones affect women with CF from puberty to menopause. Then, the CF women in attendance, will break into smaller groups to discuss personal stories and identify the top three hormone-related topics that need further research. The meeting is open to all women with CF in the United States. For more information on CFReSHC and for login information from your laptop, or mobile device, email CFReSHC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women who attend receive a $25 gift card from Amazon.