23 Sep 2016
Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer
September is Menopause Awareness Month. Nearly 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day.
There are at least 34 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. And many of them can be confused with other hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism or adrenal imbalance. There is an overwhelming amount of 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 and yet she is clearly confused about the data and the facts.
A member of the Hormone Harmony Club was scolded by her physician for using progesterone and testosterone because “they cause blood clots and cancer.” This is untrue. And extremely unhelpful for this woman who now has no idea where to turn! You can read more about progesterone and cancer risk here.
We have healthcare providers who are sharing information with patients that is just wrong. 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. 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. Click here to learn more about how to work with your healthcare provider.
If you need help, please feel free to reach out to me. I am happy to answer questions! I also offer customized hormone testing and balancing using an approach that’s based in lifestyle, supplements and mindset work instead of pharmaceuticals.
If you’re looking for reliable resources, here’s a list of sites/pages that I trust.
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 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. Sara Gottfried: Dr. Sara’s mission at The Gottfried Institute – and in life – is to help women feel sexy, vital and balanced from their cells to their souls.
Hormone Harmony Club (www.drannagarrett.com/hhc). This is a private group.
Menopause Chicks PRIVATE group
Estrogen Dominance Support Group (this is a private group)
And many, many more. The ones I have listed tend to be more educational and less bitch-fest.
Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim parts of themselves they thought were gone forever.
Find out more about working with her at https://www.drannagarrett.com/work-with-me/.