10 Sep 2014

Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month!

091114-tip-of-the-weekSeptember 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, below 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.

And if you need help, please feel free to reach out to me. I am happy to answer questions! I also offering hormone testing and balancing using an approach that’s based in lifestyle, supplements and mindset work instead of pharmaceuticals.

Suffering is optional, ladies! Let’s talk.

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

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.


Dr. Anna Garrett

Comments

  1. I would like to have a further chat with And upon her return from anniversary & hubby’s bday celebrations to continue discussing alternative ways to improve life during menopause! Could we set up a Skype conversation again?
    Melissa

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