On Tuesday, May 16, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health will host the 7th Annual Vivian W. Pinn Symposium: “Menopause and Optimizing Midlife Health of Women”

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The day-long virtual symposium is an excellent opportunity to collect the latest scientific evidence on the menopausal transition, the many potential symptoms, as well as the risk and benefits of available therapies.


The  videocast link allows you to attend and replay at your convenience. The symposium is free and open to the public.


We  encourage you to attend the opening keynote presentation:

“Menopausal Hormone Therapy: 30 Years of Lessons from the Women’s Health Initiative”

JoAnn Manson, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., MACP
Professor of Medicine and the Bell Professor of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School
Chief of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

(Live at 10:15 a.m., Eastern)


As well as:

“Social Determinants of Disparities in Menopause and Midlife Health: Considerations for Future Research” Siobán D. Harlow, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, Global Public Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology; University of Michigan

(Live at 1:45 p.m., Eastern)

And a presentation that includes some information on the research behind MyMenoPlan.org, a consumer-friendly website developed by NIH-funded researchers:

“The Key Ingredients for Traversing a Healthy Menopause”

Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology; Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science; University of California, San Diego

(Live at 3:50 p.m. Eastern)


What is Menopause?

Menopause is when your period permanently stops.

For those who have a uterus, menopause usually happens naturally when they are in their 40s or 50s. Perimenopause begins when they begin having symptoms and ends one year after their periods stop. After a whole year with no periods, the date of the final period is the date of the start of menopause.

For those who had their uterus removed before their periods stopped, but kept their ovaries, menopause symptoms or blood tests of hormones are used to tell when they are entering perimenopause.

For others, menopause starts suddenly because of surgical removal of their ovaries, or when their ovaries quit making hormones because of radiation, or chemotherapy. Their date of menopause is the date when their ovaries are removed or they quit making hormones.

Learn more about perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and what you can do about them. See our guide for how to talk to your health care provider.

Use our tool to see what stage of perimenopause or menopause you are in.