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Barb DePree, MD, NCMP,MMM

Director of the Women's Midlife Services at Holland Hospital

Holland, MI

Dr. Barb DePree, a gynecologist in practice for over 30 years, specializes in midlife women's health. She is certified through the North American Menopause Society as a provider, and was named the 2013 NAMS Certified Menopause Provider of the year. Dr. DePree currently serves as the director of the Women’s Midlife Services at Holland Hospital, Holland, Michigan. In 2018, she completed a certification in Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment.

A member of NAMS, ACOG and ISSWSH, Dr. DePree has been a presenter for the ACOG CME audio program. She has served as a key opinion leader for Shionogi, AMAG, Duchesnay, Valeant, Wyeth and Astellas leading physician education, and participating in research projects and advisory panels.

Finding that products helpful to her patients’ sexual health were not readily available, Dr. DePree founded that shares practice-tested, clinically sound information and products, including guidance for working with partners and caregivers. Dr. DePree publishes regularly on her own blog, providing updates on research in women’s sexual health, as well as observations and advice based on her work with women in her practice. Sharecare named her as a Top 10 Social Healthmaker for Menopause in September of 2013. In 2017, she was named among the “Top 10 Best Menopause Blogs” by Medical News Today. Dr. DePree also publishes podcast interviews on women in midlife, exploring the ways they have made the transition in their lives and careers.

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Menopause Without Fear

Menopause Without Fear

Don't let menopause catch you by surprise. Find out everything you need to know in Fearless Menopause by Dr. Barb DePree, a gynecologist specializing in menopause care.

Menopause & Aging Well

If you've followed this blog for any time at all, I hope you've gotten the message that I'm passionate about opening up the conversation about menopause. In 30 years of practice as a gynecologist, I've heard from countless women that they've been surprised by the effects of "the change," that their mothers didn't share their experiences, that their friends don't talk about much beyond hot flash jokes. I'd like to see that change.

Learn What No One Tells You About Menopause.

I'd like women in their 30s to know what's coming, so they're not surprised and they can manage their health to be in optimal condition from the get-go. I'd like women in their 40s to understand what perimenopause can mean to them—so they know they're not crazy, so they can avoid wild goose chases in diagnosing some of the symptoms, and so they can continue to manage their health, including solidifying exercise and diet habits that will continue to serve them. I'd like women in their 50s to be fully informed so they can make the best decisions for themselves about hormone therapy, other pharmaceutical options and over-the-counter products that too few are telling them will be helpful.

(I'd like partners to be well-educated, too, so they can be supportive. I'd even like employers to understand the potential challenges of life as a menopausal woman who has plenty of value and wisdom to share with their organizations. But those are likely other blog posts….)

When a publisher approached me about writing an introduction to menopause, I jumped on it. The result, Fearless Menopause, is now available on Amazon and at a number of other online booksellers. What I hope I've done is to outline the central physical changes of perimenopause and the various effects those changes can have—on your body, your brain and your emotions.

Read more about Menopause and Your Moods.

When you understand what's happening and why, you have a far better opportunity to manage your health in the way that you choose—and much less risk of distracting yourself by wondering where this fresh new symptom (difficulty concentrating? heart palpitations? vaginal dryness?) has come from. You'll also be equipped to talk to your health care provider from a position of knowledge, helping him or her focus on addressing whatever issues are causing you concern.

Pick up a copy if you don't know what you don't know. And if you're feeling like a menopause ninja, order a copy for your daughter, your colleague, your niece. I'm hopeful my generation is that last that's taken by surprise by menopause.

Barb DePree, MD, has been a gynecologist for 30 years, specializing in menopause care for the past 10. Dr. DePree was named the Certified Menopause Practitioner of the Year in 2013 by the North American Menopause Society. The award particularly recognized the outreach, communication and education she does throughMiddlesexMD, a website she founded and where this blog first appeared. She also is director of the Women's Midlife Services at Holland Hospital, Holland, Michigan.

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