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As more women enter perimenopause, they raise health questions that must be addressed by health care providers. The following sites are representative of the broad array of resources now available on the Internet:
1. North American Menopause Society: www.menopause.org. The Cleveland-based society is the leading nonprofit scientific organization devoted to promoting understanding of menopause. Its site offers basic information about menopause, as well as gives answers to frequently asked questions, such as how to deal with common hormonal replacement side effects.
2. National Women’s Health Resource Center: www.healthywomen.org. The New Brunswick, NJ-based National Women’s Health Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that serves as a national clearinghouse for women’s health information. The Health Center section of its Web site offers information on a variety of subjects from breast cancer to osteoporosis. Sections include a discussion forum, a news center, and a library, which offers ordering information on newsletters, magazines, and books. Click on "Menopause — Take Charge" in the Health Center to view the site’s designated area on menopause material.
3. Power Surge: www.power-surge.com. Power Surge is an on-line support community for women at midlife. It was created in 1994 by Alice Lotto Stamm of New York City, better known by her America Online persona, "Dearest." This on-line resource sprang from Stamm’s own frustrations with the limited information available about meno-pause. The site offers its own on-line newsletter, transcripts of discussion sessions with medical experts, and message boards.
4. Medem: www.medem.com. The nation’s leading medical societies, including the Washington, DC-based American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have joined forces to create Medem, an e-health network. Click on the Medical Library icon, then "Women’s Health," then "Menopause" to view a variety of information on midlife subjects, including hormone replacement therapy.
5. Mayo Health: www.mayohealth.org. The "Life Stages" section of this Web site offers concise, easy-to-read articles on midlife issues, including "Perimenopause — A Period before Your Period Ends" and "Phytoestrogens — Hormones from Plants." Click on "Women’s Health" under "Heal-thy Living Centers," then "Life Stages" to access midlife articles.