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Duavive® (Conjugated Estrogens/Bazedoxifene)

Let's change the way we
talk about Menopause.

Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45-55, however the
average age of menopause for women is 51-52 years.1

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman's experience of menopause will be different. That's why it's important to see your doctor, who can give you advice and a management plan specific to your needs. Generally, symptoms will include hot flushes, vaginal changes and changes in mood. Your lifestyle and health may also have an impact on how menopause affects you.

As the symptoms of menopause can vary and are often difficult to pin down, we've developed the Menopause Symptoms Quiz. Take the quiz below, download the results and share with your doctor to help you start talking about the 'M' word.

DO YOU HAVE
MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS?

Complete the quiz below by indicating which of the menopause symptoms you're
experiencing.

    NO YES
1. Hot flushes
No
Yes
2. Night sweats
No
Yes
3. Difficulty sleeping
No
Yes
4. Feeling anxious or nervous
No
Yes
5. Feeling depressed, down or blue
No
Yes
    NO YES
6. Experiencing poor memory
No
Yes
7. Aching in muscles and joints
No
Yes
8. Feeling a lack of energy
No
Yes
9. Changes in appearance, texture or tone of your skin
No
Yes
10. Crawling feelings over the skin
No
Yes
    NO YES
11. Weight gain
No
Yes
12. Frequent urination
No
Yes
13. Change in your sexual desire
No
Yes
14. Vaginal dryness during intercourse
No
Yes
15. Avoiding intimacy
No
Yes

Quiz Complete!

Click below to see your results.
Then you can print the page and
take it to your doctor to discuss the 'M' word.

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Understanding the 'M' word

How long does
menopause last?

There are three stages of menopause:

1. Peri-menopause:

The transition to menopause.

2. Menopause:

The final menstrual period.

3. Post-menopause:

From 12 months after your final menstrual period.1

Peri-menopause can last between 4-8 years, and there is no way of reliably predicting how long symptoms will last during the postmenopausal stage. For many women they will resolve within 2-5 years, but for some they may continue for 10 years or more.2

What causes menopause?

Hormones are chemicals, naturally produced by our bodies that help control a number of functions, such as eating, sleeping and growing. Two important hormones for women are estrogen and progesterone. The symptoms experienced during menopause are a result of changes in the levels of these two hormones.1

What treatments
are available?

Your doctor can prescribe medication to replace estrogen and progesterone as your body starts to produce less of them. This is sometimes referred to as "Menopausal Hormone Therapy", or MHT.3

MHT can be used to help reduce symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness.3

Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of MHT with you as well as other, symptomatic treatments, which are available, so you can decide what is
best for your situation.

Real women talk about the 'M' word

Erika

Jeanne Marie

Roanne

Talk to your doctor about Duavive®.
The novel new menopausal hormonal therapy that may help relieve
the symptoms of menopause.1

  • An innovative treatment option for the management of menopause symptoms in postmenopausal women with a uterus where progestin-containing therapy is not appropriate.4
  • Contains bazedoxifene to help protect the uterine lining.4
  • Shown to increase bone mineral density at 2 years.6
  • Significant reduction in the frequency and severity of moderate to severe hot flushes at 12 weeks.5

REFERENCES:1. Jean Hailes. Menopause (fact sheet).Available at https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/ Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf. Accessed June 2016.2 Australian menopause Society. Diagnosing menopause. Available at https://www.menopause.org.au/images/stories /infosheets/docs/AMS_Diagnosing_menopause.pdf. Accessed June 2016. 3. Teede HJ.Relief of vasomotor symptoms with the tissue-selective estrogen complex containing bazedoxifene/conjugated estrogens:a randomized, controlled trial.Menopause. 2009; 16(6):1116-1124 6.Lindsay R, Gallagher JC, Kagan R, Pickar JH, Consantine G. Efficacy of tissue selective estrogen complex of bazedoxifene/conjugated estrogens of osteoporosis prevention in at risk post-menopausal women. Fertill Steril 2009;92(3):1045-1052.
DUAVIVE®, Prescription Medicine for treatment of oestrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women with a uterus (with at least 12 months since the last menses) for whom treatment with progestin-containing therapy is not appropriate. There is limited experience in women older than 65 years. You will need to pay for this medicine and normal doctor's fees apply. DUAVIVE has risks and benefits. Women should discuss treatment with DUAVIVE with their doctor as there are certain situations where DUAVIVE should not be used and there are also important precautions with this medicine. Do not take DUAVIVE if you have any allergy to conjugated estrogens, baxedoxifene or any of the other ingredients in the tablet; have, or have had, breast cancer or estrogen-dependent cancers; unexplained vaginal bleeding or untreated excessive thickening of the uterus (endometrial hyperplasia);a blood clot in a vein (thrombosis); a blood clotting disorder; disease caused by blood clots in the arteries, such as a heart attack, stroke or angina; liver disease; porphyria.DUAVIVE is for postmenopausal women only. Do not take it if you are Pregnant, think you might become pregnant or are breast feeding. Caution is needed if you have: fibroids, endometriosis or endometrial hyperplasia; increased risk of developing blood clots or getting an estrogen-sensitive cancer; high blood pressure; a liver disorder; diabetes; gallstones; migraine or severe headaches; systemic lupus erythematosus; seizures; asthma; a disease affecting the eardrum and hearing known as otosclerosis; a high level of fat (triglycerides) in your blood; fluid retention. Common side effects include abdominal pain (stomach ache) muscle spasms, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea and thrush (vaginal yeast infection). if you have any side effects see your doctor. Use strictly as directed. Consult your doctor to see if DUAVIVE is right for you. Contains 0.45 mg conjugated estrogens and bazedoxifene acetate equivalent to 20 mg bazedoxifene. Further infomation on DUAVIVE is available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or Pfizer New Zealand Limited, Auckland, www.pfizer.co.nz, Ph. 0800 736 363. V11116. Pfizer New Zealand Limited, Auckland. www.pfizer.co.nz. Ph. 0800 736 363. Level 1, Suite 1.4, Building B,8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023.TAPS NA 8746 PP-DUA-NZL-0019 Spitfire J000547. Duavive® is a registered trademark. Ⓒ Pfizer 2017

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