Many women are interested in knowing more about menopause as they approach
this phase of life. The North American Menopause Society, founded
in 1989, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and
quality of life during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause
and healthy aging.
The North American Menopause Society’s vision is to be the definitive, independent,
evidence-based resource on mid-life, women’s health, menopause
and healthy aging. Their research benefits the healthcare professional, researchers,
media and the general public.
Menopause is defined by stopping periods for 12 months after the final menstrual
period. It represents the loss of ovarian function, usually because of
aging. Menopause is a normal event. More women are living far past menopause
than they have in the past, therefore there is more emphasis on this
time of life.
An NCMP or NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner is a healthcare professional
who has completed an exam to demonstrate their expertise in the
field. NAMS developed this program to inspire high-quality health care for
women at menopause and beyond. There are four NCMP’s in Kansas with two
residing and practicing in Wichita. Dr. Wyatt-Harris of College Hill OB/GYN
is one of these doctors.
The NAMS website is menopause.org and is geared to helping women and
health care professionals. We are fortunate to have two experts in this subject
practicing in Wichita.