September is Menopause Awareness Month
September is Menopause Awareness Month. While I am certain that every woman is aware of menopause, I must admit I’m happy that the healthcare community is working hard to bring attention to it – in a positive way.
My post yesterday is a really good example of why we need to raise awareness of menopause. Women often feel isolated and invisible when they are going through menopause. When they enter the healthcare system only to be dismissed or misunderstood, it can make the experience seem unbearable.
In light of that, and in observance of Menopause Awareness Month, I thought I might offer a few recommended resources to add to your menopause tool box, if you will. I am a firm believer in educating ourselves and being proactive when it comes to our health.
As much as I believe in offering personal support to women going through menopause, the truth is that no one is a better advocate for you and your health than you are. The more you know about menopause, the better equipped you will be, which, in my view, renders you much better able to cope.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but here are a few websites, forums, and books you might find useful:
Menopause Awareness Month.org: Where you can find more resources, blogs, recommendations, and information on menopause.
The North American Menopause Society: (NAMS): While I don’t always agree with NAMS’ official positions on menopause and menopause treatment, it is an excellent sight for general information on menopause. If you are a research wonk, there are always links to academic publications and recent research on the site.
WebMD Menopause Center: One of my all around go-to sites for everything health. Their menopause center provides good, solid, unvarnished medical information on menopause.
Menopause the Blog: Wendy also blogs here at Healthline.com. Her personal blog is one of the best blogs on the Internet on menopause in my view. She provides excellent, up-to-date articles with no superfluous fluff. Bookmark it.
The Perimenopause Blog: This is my personal blog. Bookmark it as well.
Women’s-Health.com: A general forum devoted to women’s health with a menopause board. You have to register to post. I recently registered but haven’t engaged in any of the discussions yet. However, it does look like a really good forum – certainly worth checking out.
Menopause Chit-Chat: I love Holly’s forum. It’s an active site with plenty of “chit-chat” going on. It’s a friendly, inclusive environment with a wide variety of topics and discussion around menopause.
Wellsphere.com Menopause center: Less active than the other two forums, but still an excellent resource with recent articles and blog posts by health bloggers, mine included.
Daily Strength.com: An excellent forum/board for a variety of women’s health issues. Their menopause board is particularly good and very active.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by Dr. John R. Lee, MD is one of the best books on menopause in my personal opinion
The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD has become the bible of menopause.
From Belly Fat to Belly Flat by Dr. C.W. Randolph is one of my favorite books addressing belly fat in menopause and how to get rid of it.
The Empowered Patient by CNN Health correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is a fast and easy read but provides information on how to navigate a healthcare system which has become too big and too complicated. For women in menopause, this book is an invaluable resource.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.