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...

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22 Aug 2013

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Most women know that menopause is defined by the end of the menstrual cycle and typically occurs between the ages of 45-55. But many women don’t know about perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage in a woman’s life that prepares her body for menopause during the 5-10 years before menopause actually happens. During this stage, estrogen levels are rising and falling, progesterone is dropping, and testosterone...

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08 Aug 2013

Menopause Anxiety? Don’t Hit the Panic Button Just Yet.

By Holly Osterman If you were sitting in a room with a group of menopausal women, you’d expect the conversation to turn quickly to hot flashes and mood swings. So you might be surprised at the number of women who point to anxiety as their most challenging symptom. And interestingly, many of these women had never experienced any level of panic or anxiety in their...

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16 May 2013

OMG!!! Does Menopause Hell EVER End???

So. Your official menopause date has passed. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure). But Hilda Hot Flash and her evil stepsisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun rages on long after that date has come and gone. What’s up with that?? The ability to cruise through menopause with nary a hot flash or mood swing relates to your balance of...

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09 May 2013

Wait, I’m too Young for This!!

She’s sneaky. She’s subtle some days, but other days her subtlety is like that of a 2×4 to the side of your head. SHE is perimenopause (or premenopause)…and she is the mistress of disguise. Signs of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. While you’re in the thick of raising kids (or considering having more), your ovaries may be looking toward retirement. Maybe...

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28 Feb 2013

What to do When Menopause Zaps that Loving Feeling

Of all the changes menopause brings, lack of interest in sex is one of THE most common and least discussed symptoms. Many boomer gals in the “free love” generation seem to have checked their lovin’ mojo at the door. So, What’s Going On? Mother Nature gives women a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days...

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17 Jan 2013

8 Ways to Uplevel Your Menopause Mindset

~ Thoughts are not facts, even the ones that tell you they are. One of my clients e-mailed me this week in quite a state. She was overwhelmed with what she needed to do, wasn’t sleeping and just flat out couldn’t find the juice to get herself going. She’s just spent 2 months away from home caring for her elderly mother-in-law and helping her husband’s...

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27 Sep 2012

Menopause 101: Turn Foggy, Frazzled and Frustrated into FABULOUS! (Part 4)

When lifestyle changes and alternative therapies aren’t enough to relieve menopause symptoms, it may be necessary to go a step further. Hormone therapy has been around since the 1950s. Classic replacement used Premarin® and Provera® as the go-to drugs and millions of women were sold this regimen as a way to stay young forever. But in 2001, the hormone train came to a screeching halt....

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20 Sep 2012

Menopause 101: Turn Foggy, Frazzled and Frustrated into FABULOUS! (Part 3)

In last week’s Tip of the Week, we focused on lifestyle changes that can positively impact 7 of the most common menopause/perimenopausal symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, loss of libido, weight gain, foggy thinking and mood swings. Today, we’ll take a look at alternative medicine practices that are used to combat these symptoms.  There’s a TON of info out there in the ethers about...

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13 Sep 2012

Menopause 101: Turn Foggy, Frazzled and Frustrated into FABULOUS! (Part 2)

There are 34 symptoms (more or less) that go along with perimenopause and menopause and none of them are things any of us are anxious to experience! This article will focus on the “Big 7”. These are the most common complaints that women mention and include: night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, loss of libido, foggy thinking and mood swings. The good news is...

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