Gynecology for Guys
What men need to know.
At the end of the class, Bekkar gives each guy a "supportive guy"
diploma. At the bottom is a cartoon-like supportive guy, looking muscular in a
Smith, the originally hesitant student, was glad he came. He hoped to gain
an understanding of what his girlfriend, 52 and menopausal, was going through
-- and he did. He had already mastered some of Bekkar's suggestions: "I try
to keep things as mellow as possible," he says. He also listens -- and
reassures. His girlfriend was concerned that her symptoms, particularly her
heavy menstrual flow, were getting in the way of the relationship. In true
supportive-guy style, he reminded her that relationships aren't all about
As for James, when his wife, Jan, learned he had sought out the class and
enrolled, she says, "My first reaction was shock -- that they would have
this class and that he would go. It kind of shocked me out of my denial [about
menopause]. His going persuaded me to go to the doctor. And I was touched that
he cared enough to go."