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Do you talk about menopause with your friends? You should!

Published on October 22, 2012 By Susan Tolles

 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 »

Introducing the Menopause Experts!

Published on October 4, 2012 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Menopause and the Double “M”: Mood & Memory

Published on January 23, 2012 By Susan Tolles

Most of us usually think of menopause as hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia fostered by changes in the ovaries and uterus. During perimenopause, a variable time 2 to 10 years or more before the final menstrual period, the ovaries lose their rhythmic pattern of estrogen and progesterone release. It is the time of fluctuating more »

Menopause Weight Gain is a Big Deal!

Published on October 31, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Managing Menopause Naturally

Published on September 28, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 and Poetic Justice

Published on September 15, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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.

New Study: Postmenopausal Symptoms Highly Controllable

Published on August 10, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Hot topics for women on Good Day Austin!

Published on August 5, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Susan joined Keri Bellacosa for her monthly appearance on Fox 7′s Good Day Austin to talk about “Sizzling Hot Topics” for women!         Flourish Over 50: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

Sex & Intimacy After Menopause

Published on August 4, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Prolipamaxical: A freakish term describing a Frankinstein-ish cure for menopause symptoms

Published on July 14, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Top ten all natural menopause solutions

Published on April 22, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Beyond hot flashes

Published on February 25, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

The truth behind Bioidentical Hormones for women over 50

Published on January 15, 2011 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Your menopause makeover

Published on December 16, 2010 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Living a loving lifestyle through perimenopause & menopause

Published on November 30, 2010 By Susan Tolles

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 »

“Womenopause,” a great resource to survive the transition and conquer the symptoms of menopause

Published on November 16, 2010 By Susan Tolles

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 »

Rhubarb pie for menopausal symptom relief?

Published on August 2, 2010 By Susan Tolles

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 »

I’ve turned into Menopausa the Slavering Beast

Published on May 5, 2010 By Susan Tolles

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 »

New data released on hormone replacement therapy

Published on April 20, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Based on the best available evidence, “Estrogen and progestogen use in postmenopausal women: 2010 position statement of The North American Menopause Society” has just been released. Each section of the previous paper was reviewed by an Advisory Panel of seventeen clinicians and researchers expert in this area of women’s health using new studies and findings. more »

Menopause Myth #7–I will be unattractive and undesirable

Published on April 15, 2010 By Susan Tolles

It doesn’t have to be that way! We have been conditioned to think that we are “dried up and over the hill” when menopause comes to us. Maybe it used to be that way, but not anymore. Thanks to all the baby boomers, a greater number of women will be making the transition to menopause more »

Menopause myth #6: My bones will be brittle

Published on March 19, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Exercise is one of the best ways to improve the bone-strengthening situation after taking a good calcium supplement. Exercise puts stress on your bones, which is good. Stress forces the bone tissue to absorb calcium and promotes remodeling, so it gets stronger. Exercise also stimulates the muscles around the bone so that the muscles get more »

Menopause and weight gain

Published on March 14, 2010 By Susan Tolles

In my never-ending quest to defy the effects of menopause, I have continued doing research on “fitness over 50,” and have stumbled upon some interesting facts that help explain just why, for so many of us, aging equals weight gain. And why, in spite of living practically the same life I’ve led for years, my more »

Shmirshky–you gotta read this!

Published on March 13, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Got a vagina? Know someone who does? Chances are you have a wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, friend, mentor, coworker or boss who has one. Whether you’re a forty-five-year-old woman in perimenopause or an eighteen-year-old guy who thinks his mom is in need of an exorcism, Shmirshky is for you. So begins the more »

Menopause Myth #5: You will gain a lot of weight with menopause

Published on March 10, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight tremendously affects your overall health. The weight gain is commonly seen in people who reach “middle age” of both sexes. The term “middle aged spread” came about decades ago to describe the tendency of the over- forty body to take on excess weight. Not everyone gains weight during perimenopause more »

Menopause Myth #4: Most women get really depressed during menopause

Published on March 5, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Studies have shown that younger women in their “procreation” years have more depression than those going through menopause. The study also showed that as women passed through the menopausal transition, negative moods actually became less frequent. However, women around the menopausal age may have more stresses put upon them than ever before. They may have more »