Perimenopause


Am I in Perimenopause? Or is it PMS?
20 Sep 2017

Am I in Perimenopause? Or is it PMS?

As we come to the end of Menopause Awareness Month, I want to talk about a question that comes up often. “Am I in perimenopause or is it just PMS?” Perimenopause can be sneaky. 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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Hormone Wars! When Menopause Meets Middle School
14 Jun 2017

Hormone Wars! When Menopause Meets Middle School

Gina’s about to lose her mind. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause with sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue that are making her life hell. And the cherry on top of this sundae of crazy hormones is her once-darling 8th-grade daughter, Melissa. Living with Melissa these days is no picnic. She’s prone to go off about anything...

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If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!
31 May 2017

If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!

Let’s talk about clothes. Specifically, holding onto clothes that don’t fit. I recently had a woman in the Hormone Harmony Club complain that because of weight gain, the only clothes she could now wear were shapeless shifts. But she couldn’t bear to part with the beautiful wardrobe she once wore because the clothes were expensive and she could never find ones like them again. Now,...

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Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?
21 Jul 2016

Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. Symptoms of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little grouchier or that your periods aren’t quite as regular. Your PMS symptoms, which were once mildly annoying, are now raging. You...

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When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide
23 Jun 2016

When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide

My client, Lisa, is in a tailspin. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause. Sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue are making her life hell. And to top it all off, there’s her once-darling 7th-grade daughter, Meredith. Meredith is a ticking time bomb most days. She’s prone to go off about anything and nothing on a moment’s notice....

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?
31 Mar 2016

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?

If you’re over 40 and suddenly find yourself lying awake night after night or waking up WAAAYYYY too early in the morning, chances are good that your hormones are to blame. 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 worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the...

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What is “Normal” in Perimenopause?
17 Mar 2016

What is “Normal” in Perimenopause?

Sarah is ready to lock her teenagers in their rooms.  Her nerves are shot and her patience left the house long ago. On the days she’s not biting the heads of her family off, she can barely drag herself out of bed and her anxiety is crippling. Sarah is 42, scared and wondering what the hell is going on. She wants to know if what...

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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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