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Managing Menopause: A New Book Raises Questions About How We View and Treat Menopause


For years, if not decades or more, menopause has been a subject rarely discussed with candor and often feared, although it affects half of the population. In her provocative new book, "Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of the Natural Life," author Darcey Steinke explores the way society and science are reframing menopause.

We'll discuss the importance of talking about menopause and why certain symptoms may indicate serious health problems. And, we have actor Cindy Williams of "Laverne and Shirley" fame on tape. She was in Maine at Ogunquit Playhouse, performing in “Menopause: The Musical!”


Darcey Steinke, author of "Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of the Natural Life," the memoir "Easter Everywhere" and of five novels. She has taught at a number of universities.

Susan Doughty, women's health nurse practitioner, adjust clinical faculty in the family nurse practitioner program for Simmons University

Dr. Anne Rainville (by phone), board certified OB/Gyn specializing in women's health at Women's Wellness Comprehensive Care in Portland

Cindy Williams (taped), about “Menopause: the Musical,” in which she performed recently in Maine