It’s “Forgetful Frustrating Flabby Fabulous Friday” again, and today I’m back with the results from my blood test. Last week I wrote about discovering that I am estrogen dominant. You can read about that by clicking here. After getting the results back from the saliva test I did to test my hormone balance, I immediately more »
It’s Friday. Should I call it forgetful, frustrating, flabby or fabulous? How about all of the above! Here’s why. Over the past year, I have noticed that my body is rebelling against me. Officially “post-menopausal,” I have moved through the time of intense hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats. I thought I was home more »
Let’s face it. Menopause comes with enough symptoms as it is. The last thing you want to do is battle the bulge as well. However, it is a reality that the change in your life can cause weight gain along with hot flashes, irritability, and sleeplessness. When your body changes, and the number of hormones more »
Anxiety throughout menopause can be fairly common, for several potential reasons. Read how to manage this problem naturally, and have better mental health overall during menopause.
Today I did a Google® image search for “menopause,” and was directed to a page filled with smiling women who were certainly not having hot flashes, weight gain or mood swings. They seemed very happy in their middle-aged bliss, and very few of them actually looked like they represented menopause. If I had assembled those more »
Vaginal atrophy—a really ugly name for a condition that affects almost 50% of women over 50—is the medical term for the thinning of the vaginal walls as cells break down and dry up. You may know it as dryness, itching, pain and odor that gets worse as you get older. What you may not know more »
Last week I participated in a Social Media Roundtable discussion about women’s health. Novo Nordisk, a leading pharmaceutical company that is a pioneer in diabetes treatment, growth hormone therapy for children, and hormone replacement therapy for women, brought together a group of what they consider to be some of the most enlightened and powerful menopause more »
Do you have a story about your own journey through menopause? How did you deal with menopause symptoms? Poise has started The 2nd Talk so we can share and laugh about our misery together. Join the 2nd Talk at the2ndtalk.com and share your stories. Then, come back HERE and leave a comment about that story for more »
Menopause weight gain affects millions of women. Decreased estrogen & testosterone, as well as increased androgens, lead to fat increase. Learn to combat this!
Aromatherapy- the use of plant-based oils- may be a successful treatment for menopause symptoms, improving mood, hot flashes, joint pain, sexual function, & more.
Perhaps in the past, gaining 20 pounds near menopause was considered strictly a cosmetic problem. It’s not. Sure, everyone would like to look great in a swimsuit, but let’s get real; weight gain has serious negative health consequences, both physical and psychological. Women over fifty need to pay attention! Top Ten Menopause Weight Gain Myths: more »
I recently had the privilege of previewing the new DVD “Managing Menopause Naturally,” featuring leading women’s health experts from across the United States. Of all the programs and books I have seen, this is one of the most comprehensive educational tools available to women who want to understand more about menopause. The 90-minute documentary takes more »
Menopause is a second coming of age. Extraordinary physical changes (erratic fluctuations of estrogen production) may unnerve the soul in ways not experienced in the preceding three or four decades. We temporarily forget that we are passengers with this physical form and not entirely in control of it.
Women today dealing with menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms have a variety of hormone replacement therapies (HRT) available to choose from. HRT may improve some of the major symptoms for these women but it can also mask a number of underlying issues that, if not addressed, can over time undermine their health: nutritional stress from a more »
Can we just say one thing? This is not your mother’s menopause! These days, life after 50 can be not only just as fulfilling and exciting (if not more so) than the decades that came before, but you may even find that this really is the best time of your life! Can we say one more »
Since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI, JAMA, 2002) hormone replacement therapy has been considered a dirty word. It’s gotten to the point that women are encouraged to try ANYTHING but estrogen for menopause. Consider the four common problems for women that arise at midlife and the contemporary medical recommendations. Women at menopause more »
Every day six thousand U.S. women have their final menstrual period. The permanent pausing of menstruation is termed menopause. It signals the end of fertility and the beginning of what we refer to as the UpSide. The average age of natural menopause is 51, plus or minus 10 years. Perimenopausal symptoms may begin ten years more »
Menopause is a case of mistaken identity. Almost everyone equates menopause with hot flashes. Particularly common is the notion that a woman may believe menopause is not relevant to her because she has not yet started having hot flashes, or on the other end, a woman may believe that menopause is not relevant to her more »
Just the other day, we overheard an earnest conversation between two perfectly normal looking individuals about how the lunar landing was a giant hoax. A hoax? Really? Our experience with people is decidedly different. If fifty people have to keep a secret, the chance of that being kept is about ten to the minus fifty. more »
Many women dread menopause. As a symbolic dividing line, the prospect of menopause may unnecessarily conjure visions of decline and demise. Our book, Womenopause: Stop Pausing and Start Living, turns that notion around. There are profound reasons why menopause and beyond should be the best years of a woman’s life. The menopause opinion makeover begins more »
Here are some great strategies from Dr. Tara Allmen on dealing with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. There are many prescription medications that can address the symptoms of menopause. However, there are simple solutions to try before you initiate treatment or try a supplement. Living a healthy lifestyle is the first action I suggest more »
Menopause. It is a deep dark time of life to be feared, complete with debilitating hot flashes, violent mood swings and huge weight gain. Or at least that is what we anticipate when we are in our 40’s, relying on the media and stories from our mothers and older girlfriends. Womenopause, Stop Pausing and Start more »
Being women over 50 doesn’t mean we give up on our bodies. In fact, the battle over weight gain through menopause is one of the biggest challenges we have. But with all the “miracle products” out there, we have to wonder if any of them really work. In this article, Natasha Turner, ND, explains which more »
Have your pie and eat it too? Well, not exactly. You can have your rhubarb pie but a better choice might be the purified and standardized extract from the roots of the Siberian rhubarb. This Siberian rhubarb is similar to the well-known garden rhubarb (R. rhabarbarum) commonly prepared as food or in your favorite strawberry more »
Don’t get me wrong. I am the happiest menopausal woman you’ll ever meet. If anyone in the world was ready to skip past the sanitary products in the grocery store without a backward glance, it was me. However, I have to admit that menopause is not for sissies. First of all, I have so many more »