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Registered nurse to discuss menopause and decision making (10-19-00)

Area women will have the chance to learn more about menopause and potential decisions they may need to make, thanks to an upcoming community breakfast and lecture presented by the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The School of Nursing invites the public to this lecture, the fifth in a series of general health education seminars. The breakfast event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the San Antonio Country Club, 4100 N. New Braunfels. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are being accepted through the School of Nursing at (210) 567-3833.

Guest speaker Mindy Tinkle, Ph.D., a registered nurse and School of Nursing professor, will discuss “Menopause in the New Millennium.” She will provide an overview of the physiologic events occurring at menopause and will explain potential decision-making strategies regarding hormone replacement therapy.

“As the aging baby boomer generation brings millions of women face to face with menopause and decisions about using hormone replacement therapy, definitive answers about how to approach these questions are not always available,” Dr. Tinkle said. “How can women reconcile the lack of clear information with their need to make decisions about their health? The only certain thing for all women is that menopause is a signal to start, or continue, a good health program. Menopause management must take an individualized approach because no single intervention is appropriate for every woman. Each possible option has a risk/benefit equation specific to each woman.”

For additional information, contact Bart Harst, 567-3833, at the School of Nursing. Send written comments or questions via e-mail to Harst@uthscsa.edu or to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7923, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900.

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