Menopause club opens in Shanghai
Updated: 2006-01-24 08:50
The city's first club for women facing menopause was opened at the Shanghai
International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital over the weekend.
The club's medical experts will provide monthly courses for members.
"We have doctors specializing in nutrition, gynecology, traditional Chinese
medicine, psychology and sports rehabilitation to teach women how to prevent
diseases and improve health," said Zhang Guihong, the hospital's vice president.
"Many women experience discomfort during menopause, also a key period to
prevent and control diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,
osteoporosis and ovarian cancer."
An annual membership costs 1,200 yuan (US$148), including 12 courses and a
physical exam specializing in women's diseases.
One woman said the club was a good idea.
"There are so many tonics in the market and various Chinese herbs for
menopause. We long for professional consultation and direction," said Chen Chen,
40. "I suffer some symptoms of menopause like irritability and fatigue."
Menopause is a natural process that all women experience, usually between the
ages of 45 and 55. After menopause a woman's menstrual cycle ends and she can no
longer conceive a child.
A change in hormone levels can lead to weight gain, hot flushes, insomnia,
joint pain, fatigue, short-term memory problems and mood