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Menopause with Patti LaBelle

What was once only whispered about in ladies' rooms is now cover story material in news rooms:  hot flashes have become news flashes!  Nearly 5,000 American women per day enter menopause and many, like singer Patti LaBelle, were confused and frustrated by the experience.  She is with us today to discuss what she calls her "graduation" into menopause.

"I was a menopausal witch with a Capital B.  I cried all the time and I was very, very mean.  I was like a bad girl!"

What do you think is the most important thing women should do if they're having menopausal symptoms?

"The most important thing a woman should do if she's going through menopause, or if she thinks she is, get a great doctor. . . someone that can help you through everything and put you on the right medication."

Was your relationship with your doctor instrumental in helping you through your menopausal symptoms?

"My relationship with my doctor is the best.  That's why I'm taking HRT.  She told me how wonderful I would feel in three days after taking it. . And I did. . And I do feel wonderful!"

You have a strong family history of cancer in 3 of your sisters.  How did that affect your decision to take hormone replacement therapy?

"For women who are afraid of HRT because of family history. . .you shouldn't let that stop you from talking to your doctor."

Thank you Patti.

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