May Day!

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD • Posted on May 01, 2016

May Day!

Celebrating Women During the Month of May

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! is a term that has been used internationally as a distress signal. It derives from the French venez m'aider, meaning "come help me." On May 1, May Day also signifies an ancient spring festival in the Northern hemisphere: April showers bring May flowers!

The month of May celebrates Mother's Day and is also Osteoporosis Awareness Month. We at Speaking of Women's Health are happy to focus on women, moms and bone health.

So, as you begin the glorious month of May with fragrant flowers and spring in the air, be sure to stop and assess your health, your mom's health, your daughter's health and your bone health.

Take Care of Your Bones, Ladies

Be sure to tune in to our upcoming Bone Health Web Chat, Osteoporosis: Get the Facts, at noon (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, May 10. During the chat, learn how osteoporosis can be prevented, detected and treated from Dr. Lynn Pattimakiel and Dr. Bruce Long, who are osteoporosis specialists at Cleveland and very knowledgeable and compassionate physicians.

This Health Chat will open on Monday, May 9 to allow you to submit questions and if you are not able to tune in for the live chat, we will have a transcript of the web chat on We also have a free, downloadable treatment guide on osteoporosis.

You do not want to have to send out distress signals for yourself or a loved one because of broken bones or preventable illness, so be pro-active this month and learn more about preventing osteoporosis.

This Mother's Day, remember to honor and support the special women and Moms in your life.

Be Strong, Be Healthy, and Be in Charge!

-Dr. Holly L. Thacker

Holly L. Thacker, MD, FACP is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health. She is the founder of the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Fellowship and is currently the Professor and Director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Thacker is also the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health and the author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause. Her special interests and areas of research include menopause and related medical problems including osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women’s health.

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