05 Sep 2013

Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month!

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day.

I believe it’s essential to provide valuable information and tips on how to manage menopause and maintain overall wellness because knowledge is power and bewilderment is not a fun place to be! Part of my mission is to encourage women to be their own healthcare advocates and to take greater responsibility for managing their health, physically, mentally and emotionally.

There is an overwhelming amount of health information and conflicting data surrounding the efficacy and safety of treatments for menopause symptoms. In fact, this past week a woman let me have a cyber-earful for what she perceived as my promotion of a therapeutic option (progesterone) that she believes causes cancer. This woman is an Ob-Gyn nurse and a breast cancer survivor yet she is clearly confused about the data and the facts.

As a healthcare provider, she’s out there sharing information with patients that is just wrong. The interchange I had with her clearly illustrates the need for getting the facts straight! There is not ONE shred of evidence to support that progesterone has anything to do with cancer. In fact, it’s been shown to have a protective effect.

We all need to become savvier consumers to know what benefits (or harms) us, and how we can achieve optimal health before, during and beyond menopause. In the spirit of education and advocacy, here are a few recommended resources to add to your toolbox.

Remember, YOU know your body better than anyone and you are your own best advocate when it comes to making healthcare choices. Knowledge is power, so make it your business to learn all you can about your body, how it works and what your options are when it comes to managing menopause.

Websites

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’re into research (like me), 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.

Dr. Anna Garrett: my blog, resources and products for women who want help and support through their menopause journey. It’s all about maximizing your mojo!

Menopause Forums

Women’s-Health.com:  A general forum devoted to women’s health with a menopause board.

Menopause Chit-Chat:  I love Holly’s forum. You can read her recent guest post on my blog here. It’s an active site with plenty of “chit-chat” going on.

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.

Daily Strength.com:  An excellent forum/board for a variety of women’s health issues.  Their menopause board is particularly good and very active.

Books

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by Dr. John R. Lee, MD is one of the best books on menopause.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Peri-Menopause by Dr. John R. Lee, MD.  Great info for women who just entering the menopause transition.

The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD. If menopause had its own Bible, this would be it.

The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried. This book covers 7 of the most common hormone imbalances and how to manage them. All of Dr. Sara’s recommendations are evidence-based.

Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin. Write your own prescription for good health and an off-the-chart sense of well-being. A great book about the power of the body to heal itself.


Dr. Anna Garrett

Comments

  1. I am 53 and have been in menopause for 9 years & on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. They quit working and hot flashes & night sweats were almost hourly, sometimes several an hour. I have been on the Estradial patch for 3 months, and the flashes are coming back. Add to this that I am recovering from an angioplasty & stent, where I was taken off the bio-identicals. The flashes are so intense that sometimes I feel like I may pass out. I recently started drinking Herbalife to lose weight. It is soy based. I feel as though the soy might be triggering worse hot flashes again? Does anybody else have worsened symptoms WITH soy? If I get off the patch … How long do these hideous symptoms last!? I don’t drink coffee or tea, don’t eat wheat or dairy, or red meats. I eat largely vegetarian … Yet, no relief. Help!

    • Hi Teri…Sorry you are suffering so! I can’t give specific medical advice here, but I’d be happy to talk to you further…I do offer a free 20-minute call that you might want to take advantage of. Soy products do have some estrogen-like properties, so this might be something you’d want to avoid for now. You can schedule a call through the Schedule tab on my web site.

      Best to you,

      Dr. Anna

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