Certified Menopause Practitioners Promote Healthy Aging in Women
Menopause is a natural transition occurring in women usually between the ages of 45 and 55. The symptoms caused by hormone changes can present complex healthcare issues. A Certified Menopause Practitioner is a woman’s midline healthcare expert, whose mission is to promote health and ensure quality of life through these difficult changes.
A Certified Menopause Practitioner is an Expert in Women's Midlife Health
Menopause is characterized by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries. The specific symptoms vary from woman to woman, but generally include hot flashes, sleeping problems, and heart pounding or racing. Some women also experience decreased interest in sex, forgetfulness, headaches, mood swings, and joint aches and pains.
The credential of Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) is offered through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a nonprofit scientific organization founded in 1989 and recognized as the preeminent resource on all aspects of menopause to both healthcare providers and the public. Its multi-disciplinary membership includes 2,000 leaders in healthcare, including experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, and education.
The Certified Menopause Practitioner Program was initiated in 2002 to set standards for menopause practice and to assist women in locating clinicians who could provide optimal menopause-related health care. Any licensed healthcare practitioner can obtain the credential, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists.
Candidates must successfully pass a 100 question exam, held twice a year, that was developed from evidenced based resources. The credential is valid for 3 years. To maintain credential status, candidates must either complete 45 hours of appropriate continuing education or re-take the exam.
“Menopausal medicine, the health care for women at midlife and beyond, has become increasingly complex. The practitioners certified by NAMS have demonstrated a commitment and a competence that all women can utilize when choosing an appropriate healthcare provider,” said Steven R. Goldstein, MD, FACOG, CCD, NCMP, NAMS President.
Women who desire to find a clinician who is an expert in menopausal medicine can seek out one of the more than 600 NCMPs via a searchable database available at the NAMS website, www.menopause.org.
NAMS also provides downloadable consumer resources such as the “Menopause Guidebook” and a Hormone Therapy Chart.