Posts by Jan Shifren, MD
Taking a Multidisciplinary Approach to Menopause
In this video, Jan Shifren, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Midlife Women's Health Center, discusses the multidisciplinary approach to caring for women at midlife, and promoting research and education to improve women's health at this complex stage of life.
The Benefits of Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Treating Vasomotor Symptoms
The majority of midlife women experience vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats, which can persist for many years and adversely impact quality of life. In this podcast, Jan Shifren, MD, says while there are risks associated with hormone therapy, it is the most effective treatment for these symptoms.
Editorial: Midlife Sexuality in Women's Own Words
A large, population-based U.K. study took a novel approach to study postmenopausal women's sexual activity and problems: systematic analysis of free-text comments women made on a questionnaire about sexual functioning.
New Questionnaire Aims to Increase Understanding and Treatment of Menopause Symptoms
A new patient-reported outcome measure, the Vulvovaginal Atrophy Questionnaire, aims to improve clinicians' understanding of the extent and impact of genitourinary symptoms of menopause on women.
Jan Shifren, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. She is a reproductive endocrinologist at the Mass General Fertility Center and Directs the Midlife Women's Health Center. She attended Yale College and Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Ob/Gyn at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Mass General and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Shifren currently divides her time among research, teaching and patient care. Her clinical interests include caring for women with infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency and concerns regarding menopause. She is an active member of the Fertility Center, participating in the care of women requiring assisted reproductive technologies, including ovulation induction therapies and IVF. Her research focuses on menopause, including the effects of estrogens, androgens and alternative therapies on menopausal symptoms, mood and sexual function. She has published numerous articles, abstracts and book chapters and has delivered national and international presentations on menopause, hormone therapy, androgens for women and female sexual function.