Perimenopause


Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?
23 Jun 2015

Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. The likely explanation is that perimenopause has hijacked them! 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. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe...

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8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat
26 May 2015

8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat

Summer in my part of the country is a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. That’s a recipe for disaster when hot flashes already have your body on simmer! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s a girl to do when estrogen swings meet hot...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?
11 Mar 2015

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?

Lying awake night after night staring at the ceiling? Walking through your days with a nagging headache and brain fog? Wishing you could get a solid 8 hours of sleep so you’d feel like yourself for just ONE day?? I hear you…and feel your pain. Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing...

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Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??
13 Jan 2015

Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??

My client, Sarah, is ready to kill her teenage children. Her nerves are shot and her patience left the building long ago. On the days she’s not in a murderous mood, she can barely drag herself out of bed. And she is wondering what the hell is going on. If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not...

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23 Jan 2014

She’s Sneaky

She’s sneaky. Some days she’s subtle, but other days she plows through your body like a pack of alien invaders. SHE is perimenopause… 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 you notice that you’re just a little...

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07 Nov 2013

What to do When Perimenopause Steals Your Sleep

Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the clock while your hormones are having a PAR-TAY! What’s a girl to do??? Lack of sleep makes you cranky…that’s bad enough. But long-term insomnia can lead to other problems obesity, diabetes, hyper-tension, heart disease, depression, and impaired...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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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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