Examining Unmet Needs for Patients with Vasomotor Symptoms Due to Menopause: Challenges with Traditional Therapeutic Options and the Rationale for Novel Treatments


JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, MSCP, FACOG
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division Director Midlife Health
The University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA

James A. Simon, MD, CCD, MSCP, IF, FACOG
Clinical Professor
George Washington University
IntimMedicine Specialists®
Washington, DC


This enduring activity is designed to assess the pathophysiological mechanism that results in vasomotor symptoms (VMS) due to menopause as well as evaluate both traditional and novel therapeutic options for treatment. Effective communication strategies for patient/physician interactions and possible barriers to communication will also be discussed.


This enduring activity is designed to meet the educational needs of U.S.-based obstetrician-gynecologists, primary care physicians, including internists, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and additional healthcare providers who treat menopausal women.


Upon the completion of this program, attendees should be able to:

  • Assess the pathophysiological mechanisms that result in VMS due to menopause
  • Evaluate traditional treatment options for patients with VMS due to menopause
  • Develop strategies that allow for effective communication with patients on issues and challenges associated with VMS due to menopause


In support of improving patient care, Med Learning Group is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this enduring activity.


Med Learning Group designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 ANCC contact hours.


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Faculty Member Disclosures
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, MSCP, FACOG Dr. Pinkerton discloses that she has conducted research for PI Multicenter Bayer Nonhormone Clinical Trial Fees to the University of Virginia. Dr. Pinkerton is an UpToDate and Merck Professional and Consumer.
James A. Simon, MD, CCD, MSCP, IF, FACOG Dr. Simon discloses that he has conducted research for AbbVie, Bayer Healthcare, Dare Bioscience, Ipsen, Mylan/Viatris, Myovant Sciences, and Sebela Pharmaceuticals. He holds stock with a direct purchase plan in Sermonix Pharmaceuticals. He is a consultant for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Besins Healthcare, Biote Medical, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Dare Bioscience, and Femasys. He is on speakers Bureaus for Astellas Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Myovant Sciences, Pfizer, Pharmavite, and Scynexis.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

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  • Mike Milano, MD, discloses that he receives royalties from Wolters Kluwer.
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RELEASED DATE: May 30, 2024

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