Understanding how cycling hormone levels can affect substance abuse in women is the focus of a provocative interview featured on the newly launched Academy of Women’s Health website.
Elena Volfson, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, provides expert insights on how and why fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels throughout women’s menstrual cycles increase their risk for cravings and drug and alcohol abuse. The interview “Women and Substance Abuse: Surprising Gender-related Vulnerabilities” is available on the website’s health blog, the MP Post. It discusses the use of available anti-craving medications to treat and prevent relapse of addiction and the importance of taking into account the timing of a woman’s menstrual cycle to maximize the effectiveness of substance abuse therapy.
The MP Post provides timely updates on diseases and conditions that are prevalent among women to help physicians and other healthcare providers optimize patient outcomes. The first dozen clinically relevant interviews in the MP Post are available on the Academy website.
The Academy of Women’s Health and its official publication, Journal of Women’s Health, along with the Annual Congress on Women’s Health, have access to some of the world’s most eminent researchers and clinicians presenting the most up-to-date management strategies and clinical pearls in the MP Post. Recent posts include Lori Mosca, MD, MPH, PhD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, on racial and ethnic disparities in heart disease; Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, on migraine diagnosis and management; David Gardner, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, on dilemmas in thyroid disease; Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, Mayo Clinic, on GI disorders; Lee Shulman, MD, Northwestern University, on controversies in genetic testing; Barbara Yawn, MD, Olmsted Medical Center, on shingles and PHN; and Patricia A. Robertson, MD, University of California, San Francisco, on best practices in lesbian health.
Mitzi Perdue, MP Post Correspondent, who interviewed Dr. Volfson for the current post on substance abuse, is the author of more than 1600 newspaper and magazine articles on health, science, food, agriculture, and the environment and is currently Editor-at-Large for Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
“Although substance abuse is less common in women, there are important gender differences in illness characteristics that have implications for treatment,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, President of the Academy and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA.
Contact: Karla Shepard Rubinger, Executive Director, Academy of Women’s Health, (914) 740-2100, ex. 2153, firstname.lastname@example.org