FRIDAY, July 5, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- A new online course can provide women with information about perimenopause.

The course, Periods 201, was written by Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. She's also author of the book What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause.

Periods 201 tells women what they need to know about menstrual changes that occur in their late 30s or 40s. Many women with perimenopause don't understand what's happening to their bodies or what to do about it, Minkin says.

"Years before a woman hits menopause, her body gradually decreases estrogen production, resulting in any number of disruptive symptoms, including hot flashes, irregular periods, unpredictable mood swings, even insomnia," Minkin says.

Periods 201 provides information about common treatments, and gives women tip sheets to help them talk about the problem with their doctors. The course also has interactive quizzes.

Here's where to go to access Periods 201.

More information

The Federal Consumer Information Center has a complete package of information on menopause.

Robert Preidt and Consumer news

Updated on July 05, 2002

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