Described as “a crash-course in what you need to know about menopause,” the 2016 documentary “Hot Flash Havoc” by Heidi Houston, Executive Producer and Marc Bennett, Director – narrated by Goldie Hawn - is considered the most provocative and revealing film ever made about menopause. Aiming to quell confusion and allay misinformation, “Hot Flash Havoc” educates women of all ages about menopause.
According to the documentary’s findings, 6,000 women enter menopause daily in the U.S. alone. There are approximately 70 million women in the U.S. going through menopausal transition, and more than 1.7 billion women worldwide struggling with the physical and emotional symptoms that perimenopause (the phase before menopause) and menopause cause. Considering that perimenopause begins around 35 and post-menopause continues until death, the average amount of time a woman will face symptoms and changes could last more than 50 years of her lifespan. But despite this, most OB-GYNs, internists, and endocrinologists will only receive one to two hours of education on menopause and sexual education during their medical training. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) also certifies physicians and nurse practitioners to become educated about menopause symptoms and treatments, but there are only approximately 1,100 NAMS-certified practitioners for a menopausal population of approximately 70 million women in the U.S. alone.
Clearly, this is a problem. However, despite these staggering statistics, menopause remains one of the most taboo and misunderstood of all natural occurrences facing women, with a tremendous amount of confusion and misinformation among both the general public and the medical community. During menopause, women will be faced with choices that will affect their health and well-being for the rest of their lives.
There is such a huge demand for accurate information and education about menopause. “Hot Flash Havoc” is only the beginning, but the film has the ability to arm women with knowledge for the “second act” of their lives.
The documentary will air in March on your local PBS affiliate station, with the potential to air in more than 118 million households across the country and educating countless women about the realities of menopause. For more information, visit www.hotflashhavoc.net.
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