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Women's Midlife Health

Thematic series: Contraception in Midlife

Although fertility declines substantially by age 45, many women remain at risk of pregnancy into their fifties. Addressing the contraceptive needs, and in some cases infertility needs of women in the midlife is  critical, given the health risks of unintended and desired late life pregnancies.  As well, increases in chronic conditions may contraindicate some contraceptive choices. This ongoing thematic series highlights key questions facing women and clinicians regarding pregnancy and contraceptive choices, risks and benefits during the midlife and the menopausal transition while also outlining research needs given gaps in scientific knowledge.

Featured blog: "Contraception and midlife women: dispelling the myths"

Why is there a scarcity of information on birth control as it pertains to the midlife women? In this blog, Dr. Gloria A Bachmann challenges outdated ideas about the safety of contraception for midlife women and argues for comprehensive contraceptive counseling and for not limiting choices being offered to midlife women before there is an individualized assessment of the risks and benefits of each method.

Featured Article: "It is not just menopause: symptom clustering in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation"

Patterns of symptom clustering in midlife women may suggest common underlying mechanisms or may identify women at risk of adverse health outcomes or, conversely, likely to experience healthy aging. In this article, Siobán D. Harlow (University of Michigan) and co-authors assess symptom clustering longitudinally by stage of reproductive aging and estimate the probability of women experiencing specific symptom clusters. They also evaluate factors that influence the likelihood of specific symptom clusters and assess whether symptom clustering is associated with women’s self-reported health status.

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Aims and scope

Women’s Midlife Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers original and review articles focused on the physical and mental health of women during midlife, including articles on aging, reproductive aging and their inter-relationship. The journal focuses on research that provides new insights into the health transitions that occur during midlife, welcoming research that examines the vulnerabilities and opportunities during this life stage and their consequences for healthy aging.

Women's Midlife Health aims to enhance understanding of the bi-directional relationships between changes in reproductive endocrinology and functioning, physical and mental health during midlife. It contributes to clinical and public health knowledge about common underling mechanisms of disease and functional decline and encourages submissions of translational research that may enhance opportunities for healthy aging.

The journal considers clinical and population-based research on health in the mid-life and its determinants and welcomes papers that provide international perspectives or data on the health of midlife women in low and middle income countries. Papers that consider the impact of the environment, occupation, and behavioural or social factors on health and disease processes during this lifestage are encouraged.

Topic areas include but are not restricted to

  • Aging
  • Arthritis and Bone Health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Cognitive and Physical Functioning
  • Gynecology/ Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Nutrition/ Obesity Diabetes/ Metabolic Syndrome
  • Menopause, Ovarian Aging
  • Mental Health
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep
  • Quality of Life
Dr. Sioban Harlow

About the Editor

Dr. Siobán D. Harlow, Editor-in-Chief

Siobán D. Harlow, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases at the University of Michigan and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University. She is Principal Investigator of the Michigan site of the 20–year multi-ethnic cohort Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) and for the SWAN Repository and chaired the 2011 consensus conference: “STRAW+10: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda of Staging Reproductive Aging”. From 2003–2009, she served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Division of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization.


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World Contraception Day 2017

BMC is taking the opportunity to support World Contraception Day 2017 by sharing a selection of contraception and related articles and blog posts.

Upcoming conferences

October 2017
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
11-14 October 2017
Philadelphia, PA, USA

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
28 October-1 November 2017
San Antonio, TX, USA

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