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JoAnn V. Pinkerton

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Virginia

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580 Massie Road

Charlottesville, Virginia,22903

United States

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The Hormone Foundation

Division Director

Midlife Dimensions

Executive Director



North American Menopause Society

Executive Director


Board Member

National Women's Health Resource Center Inc

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Healthy Women

Board Member

OBG Management

Board Member


W4mtp Council Member


Member of the Board of Editors of OBG Management

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


American Medical Women's Association


Virginia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society


Board of Trustees

past-President of Professional Education Committee



Vascular Institute , New Orleans


University of Virginia

Medical Doctor degree

Medical College of Virginia

undergraduate degree

University of Virginia

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SMA: Southern Medical Association - Faculty [cached]

JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Midlife Health Center and Division, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

HormoneCME :CME Meet the Council [cached]

JoAnn PinkertonChair Dr. JoAnn V. Pinkerton is Medical Director of Midlife Health Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.Her clinical research focus includes sexual dysfunction, hormone replacement, selective estrogen receptor modulators, and osteoporosis prevention and treatment options.Dr. Pinkerton is a long-term member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), serves on its Board of Trustees, and is past-President of its professional education committee.Dr. Pinkerton is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Virginia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and the American Medical Women's Association.She is also involved in Web-based education for NAMS, The Endocrine Society, and the National Organization for Women's Health.

Women's Reproductive Health Information | Hormone Health Network [cached]

JoAnn Pinkerton, MD
University of Virginia

Leadership Changes at NAMS [cached]

JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP
Executive Director NAMS Appoints New Executive Director Pauline M. Maki, PhD, President of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), is pleased to announce that JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP, has been selected to serve as the Society's new Executive Director. "We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Pinkerton's caliber as the new NAMS Executive Director," says Dr. Maki. A nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause and women's health, Dr. Pinkerton has been a NAMS member since 1992, serving on the Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010. She was the Society's 2008-2009 President and is a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). Dr. Pinkerton has also been a member of many of the Society's Committees, including serving as Chair of the 2008 Scientific Program Committee. Dr. Pinkerton is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of Midlife Health at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Dr. Pinkerton will maintain her position at the University of Virginia when she assumes the newly defined part-time position of NAMS Executive Director," commented Dr. Maki. "I am truly looking forward to working with Dr. Pinkerton as she advances the NAMS mission of promoting the health and quality of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging." "I am honored to serve as Executive Director of NAMS. I am passionate about midlife women's health and excited to lead NAMS into the future," says Dr. Pinkerton.

The International Hospital of Bahrain - News Central [cached]

"This is great support, and another study, showing that being sedentary is not only not good for your health, it is not good for your menopause symptoms," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia.
Although Pinkerton was not involved in the current study, she selected it for publication in the society´s journal, Menopause, where she is an editor. "That´s the current theory," Pinkerton said. Although she thinks that exercise is probably having a direct effect on reducing menopause symptoms, it is hard to rule out that other differences in the lifestyle of sedentary women, such as having more children than active women, are not also making their menopause worse. Although exercise can be beneficial for women of all ages, if you "start when you´re in your 40s, you can avoid gaining that 12 to 15 pounds [that women often gain during the menopausal transition] and you can be in better shape and better able to handle the stresses that are thrown at you when you have hormonal changes and menopausal symptoms," Pinkerton said. The average age that women go through menopause is 51, but before that, they go through a period called perimenopause, usually starting in their 40s. During this time, levels of estrogen fluctuate, metabolism changes and muscle can be lost, all of which can conspire to make it easy for women to gain weight and hard for them to lose weight. Women should aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three days a week, Pinkerton said. That half-hour could be split up into three 10-minute sessions a day. "Instead of thinking about how I have to go to the gym for an hour, think about walking more, getting up and moving around," Pinkerton said. It is also important to remember that exercise may not necessarily take the place of other treatments for menopausal symptoms. "Exercise may help you navigate the perimenopausal transition and may decrease the severity of hot flashes and symptoms, but if you have persistent symptoms, talk with a specialist about other options out there," Pinkerton said. What else can help women during menopause? Hormone therapy is the gold standard for treating just about all symptoms of menopause, Pinkerton said. Women who have severe hot flashes could be candidates, but so could those with milder symptoms, such as mood changes or difficulty sleeping, and those who want to prevent bone loss. "But not every woman wants to or can take hormone therapy," Pinkerton said. Many women and doctors are still worried, she added, about the Women´s Health Initiative study in 2002, which reported that estrogen plus progestin increased the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. However, updates to this study in the last several years suggest that hormone therapy is safe for treating women in early menopause. Women who want to avoid hormone therapy could be candidates instead for an antidepressant, such as paroxetine, known as Paxil, Pinkerton said. They would generally take a lower dose than for treating depression, and that would be associated with fewer side effects. The choice in treatment also depends on the types of symptoms women are having. For those who are struggling with sleep problems, a pain medication such as gabapentin, known as Neurontin, could be a good choice because one of its effects is to induce drowsiness, Pinkerton said. For women who want to avoid medication altogether, there is some evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis therapy can be effective. A 2015 analysis suggested that cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on helping people change their thoughts and feelings to be more positive, may help improve mild depression in menopausal women. These therapies can reduce hot flashes in general because they help women relax, which in turn can help their brains do a better job of controlling temperature perception, Pinkerton said.

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