Apr 09 2012
Weight Bearing Exercise for Post-Menopausal Women
During perimenopause, the time of transition leading up to actual menopause, a woman’s sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are fluctuating and dropping. By the time she reaches menopause – 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle – h...
Apr 04 2012
Red Wine Causes Hot Flashes
Up until a few months ago, I was a red wine aficionado. Not white, or rose’, or blush, but red; the deep, dark, full-bodied red that explodes in your mouth with tannins, and warms your gullet all the way down to your toes. I especially loved...
Apr 02 2012
Accepting Yourself and Respecting Yourself: They’re Both a Good Idea
I’ve been thinking about this blog topic for a while now. It began one morning when I woke up with an old Staples Singers song popular during the 70s, bouncing around in my head. At first, I was singing, “accept yourself.” But when I looked it ...
Mar 23 2012
Books for Your Menopause Library
Getting through menopause is an adventure all its own. Navigating mood swings, hot flashes, and every other cockamamie symptom that seems to come out of nowhere, definitely requires that you eat your Wheaties®. It’s also helpful to have a good ...
Mar 21 2012
With Respect to Hormone Health, the FDA Does Not Know All
When it comes to your hormone health, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is not God. So there: I said it out loud. When it comes to advocating for women and their health, I can be a real loud mouth. Somebody needs to be, oth...
Mar 19 2012
Menopause and Marriage
When I first began blogging about menopause, it was under the assumption that menopause is a women’s health issue, and primarily it is. As an ardent champion for women’s health, a part of me wants to keep it primarily about women. But my exper...
Mar 16 2012
Scientists Confirm “Brain Fog” in Menopause is Real
The National Institute on Aging recently funded a study which looked at the effects of menopause on a woman’s memory and cognitive function. As it turns out, that “brain-fog” that settles over us like a wet blanket once we reach menopause? It’s...
Mar 12 2012
What Causes Weight Gain in Perimenopause?
Outside of the mood swings and a general sense that I was tipping the sanity scales a wee bit too far at times, I would have to say that for me personally, stubborn weight gain has been the most difficult and frustrating symptom of perimenopaus...
Mar 08 2012
Perimenopause is Not for Sissies
I recently gave a Q & A interview for a women’s health blogging site. The interviewer asked me what the top three pieces of advice are that I would give to a woman entering perimenopause. You might think the best advice would revolve aro...
Mar 06 2012
Bioidentical, Natural and Synthetic Hormones: What’s the Difference?
I’m going to come clean and tell you that until recently I really didn’t understand the difference between bioidentical hormones and what we call synthetic hormones. I also didn’t know that bioidentical hormones have actually been around for a ...