It’s time to control the conversation. From the one that starts around the age of 50 comparing medical procedures, prescription medications and who has the most aches and pains, to the one with your doctor discussing the pills they feel you need to make you feel better.
It’s time to control the conversation because data from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) says it’s time. Published in 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a medical journal of the American Medical Association, the study found that African-American and Hispanic women experience menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS) such as hot flashes and night sweats, significantly longer than White or Asian women. These findings from the 17-year study of 1,449 women across the U.S. was the only one that looked at a diverse group of women. It discovered that the median was 10 years for African Americans, nearly nine years for Hispanics, six and a half years for White women, about five and a half years for Chinese and nearly five years for Japanese.
Its time to control the conversation.
The need to have this conversation was realized nearly 10 years ago. It was born out of a multitude of one-on-one conversations about the health and wellness challenges associated with menopause for women of color. It’s timely that the launch of Organic-Oh! is now because first, we are in the worst pandemic of our time, one that is disproportionally claiming the lives of both African Americans and Hispanics. The underlying factors that are being attributed to this disparity are diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure and obesity. Additionally, smoking, alcohol and poor nutrition can contribute to a weakened immune system.
These are all factors that also impact the quality of life post menopause for women of color.
Second has been the enlightenment that Black Lives Matter. This movement has shed light on the systemic disparity of justice and equal treatment for minorities. When identifying where systemic failures are occurring, we have to include the current health care system that negatively impacts the health and well-being of minority women. Not understanding the unique needs of women of color, global assumptions are made, rather than individualizing the care. We cannot continue to be statistics nor the subjects of experimental treatments. We need to be proactive and demand more solutions that prevent disease and alternative treatment solutions that do not put our health at risk.
Every single one of us has an experience to share, a story to tell. Our combined voices can and will cause seismic changes in the health care system so that instead of a disease filled life, we can by making smart changes, enjoy health and wellness post-menopause. It’s time to control the conversation because not all women are created equal but we can together equalize the quality and quantity, and the quantity with quality of life by controlling the conversation.
Welcome to Organic-Oh where this conversation is just getting started.