Williams, Brown published in journal Menopause

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A new article by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD and Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, finds room for improvement in preoperative counseling about menopausal symptoms for women undergoing surgical menopause. UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate Lauren Verrilli, MD (class of 2019) is lead author on the study.

Factors associated with counseling and postoperative hormone therapy use in surgically menopausal women,” published in the journal Menopause, is a retrospective chart review of more than 150 patients who underwent bilateral oophorectomy before age 52. The study found room for growth:

“Within our cohort, 66% had no documentation of counseling about menopausal symptoms before surgical menopause. Most women experienced symptoms postoperatively, but less than one-third of symptomatic women received hormone therapy. We have an opportunity to improve anticipatory guidance and informed consent for women undergoing surgical menopause.”

Read the whole study here. Amazing work, Dr. Williams and Dr. Brown!