The Best Menopause Health Blogs of 2013
13 Best Menopause Blogs of 2013
Menopause is a natural process that awaits all women of a certain age. It most commonly occurs when you’re in your mid-forties to early fifties. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that it always feels good. Menopause can trigger physical and emotional symptoms that are problematic for many women. Fortunately, there are resources that can help.
Click through the slideshow to learn about the 13 best menopause blogs of 2013, which contain information and inspiration when you need it most.
Ellen Dolgen is an outspoken women’s health and wellness advocate, menopause awareness expert, author, and speaker. After struggling through the silence that surrounds menopause, Dolgen resolved to help women reach out and end the confusion, embarrassment, and less-than-lovely symptoms that come with “the change.”
Dolgen’s weekly blog, News Flash, and Menopause MondaysTM provide a one-stop shop for the latest menopause and women’s health news and research. It allows women the access and know-how needed to take charge of their health and happiness.
Menopause the Blog
Though blogger Wendy told the blogosphere in May that she will no longer be publishing Menopause the Blog, that doesn’t take away from the wealth of resources on her impressive website.
Over the past seven years, Wendy has published more than 700 articles about “the change” that women undergo at menopause. Her fans can still take comfort in these articles while learning about nutrition, fitness, and a holistic approach to avoiding “menopause hell.”
Menopause Goddess Blog
Lynette Sheppard has created a virtual community for all things “meno” in the Menopause Goddess Blog. Sheppard’s manifesto declares the site’s intent to share “our collective woman’s experience in order to help one another through the challenges of menopause, midlife, and more.”
There’s more to this site than blog posts. The Menopause Goddess Blog offers a marketplace, resource guide, and even a book club to help women along the midlife path.
Menopause Maniac bills itself as “the lighter side of menopause—before, after, or in the midst of ‘the change.’” Cherie Mason is behind the blog, “a fellow MANIAC in this crazy world of womanhood.”
There’s something for every woman, in every stage of life, on this site: including tips from Mason, physicians, and other health experts.
The Perimenopause Blog
Freelance health and medical writer Magnolia Miller founded The Perimenopause Blog in September 2009 to empower women. The blog provides “accurate information, resources, and encouragement to help navigate the turbulent and choppy waters of perimenopause.”
Typical blog posts cover symptoms, research, fitness, and alternative treatments. It also includes information to help men understand what women in perimenopause are going through.
The tagline of Flashfree is “Not your mama’s menopause.” Blogger Liz Scherer is a self-described “51-years young health/medical writer, reporter, blogger looking to rebel, reveal, and revel in the here and now.” She wants to shake up run-of-the-mill approaches to writing about menopause. Scherer delivers “straight talk” that she hopes will cut through the clichés and present women with engaging, inspirational, and timely posts.
Is This the Middle?
Blogger and college English teacher Melanie Bruce muses on midlife and menopause simultaneously. As the voice behind Is This the Middle?, Bruce notes that she’s only at middle age if she lives to be 108.
The thinking woman’s guide to menopause, this blog offers personal, journal-like entries that will make you feel like you’re in a class that you really love.
High Heels Hot Flashes
High Heels Hot Flashes blends product reviews with the wit and sass of blogger Debra Ann Elliott, who works on “finding humor in the mist of menopause.” The site comes with an adult content warning to ensure readers are over 18.
Whether she’s blogging about diets, mental health, or the latest reader giveaway, Elliott approaches her work with a passion for women’s health and awareness.
Too Hot Mamas
Too Hot Mamas are Wendy and Carolyn, two longtime friends and romance novelists. Their award-winning blog records their collective adventures juggling marriage, motherhood, and menopause while attempting to keep their sense of humor about it.
If you’re tired of kvetching about menopause and prefer to giggle about it instead, you’ve come to the right place.
Menopause Chit Chat
When the reality that she might be hitting menopause finally set in, Holly decided to blog about it. The result is Menopause Chit Chat, which Holly describes as “a place to get the important information in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Kind of like chatting with my friends.”
The site offers more than your standard blog. You’ll find menopause-related activities, info on stages, symptoms, and treatments, an extensive resource section, and even a forum with message boards and live chats.
Friend for the Ride
Let Barbara Younger be your Friend For The Ride as she blogs about menopause, midlife, and other women’s issues that we all can relate to at some point. Younger’s goal in creating her blog was to provide readers with a “wise menopause friend” to help take the worry out of the word “menopause.”
Younger provides encouraging words on everything from night sweats to food cravings, and helps smooth out the menopause rollercoaster for anyone who cares to join her on the ride.
Staness Jonekos, author of a book and blog called the Menopause Makeover, teams up with leading menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein. The result is a website with the latest information and medical menopause management options.
Featured on The Today Show and other major media outlets, Jonekos has designed an original eight-step plan to help menopausal women regain control of their health and beauty.
Blogger Shirley uses her website Menopause Chicks to help women “crack open the conversation” about menopause. As a “peri-menopausal chick,” Shirley’s goal is to be the go-to source for other women (and men) who crave regular tips, expert guidance, opinions, and inspiration about this confusing time of life.
Shirley notes that she may not always have the right answers, but she promises her readers that she has the right questions to set women off in the right direction.
Pause to Reflect
As the top 13 menopause blogs attest, there’s more to menopause than moaning and groaning. Take control of your health and your life during menopause by taking the time to pause and reflect on this important topic for women.
Whether you’re looking to be cheered up with a lighter look at this time of life or you need expert guidance and information, there’s something for everyone in this year’s award-winning blogs.