Tag: Menopause


The Menopause Cure We Need
06 Sep 2017

The Menopause Cure We Need

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called perimenopause each day. If you’re in the middle of perimenopause, you might be shaking your head wondering why we need a month for increased awareness. For some women, it seems like the signs never let up. But the truth is, many women (especially those in the 35-40 age...

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Changing the Face of 50: Let’s Teach Our Daughters Differently
26 Jul 2017

Changing the Face of 50: Let’s Teach Our Daughters Differently

One of the participants in my Fit, Fabulous and Fierce over 40 class said something a couple of weeks ago that really struck me. She said, “The weight gain thing in menopause isn’t the worst part of it. The worst part is looking in the mirror and seeing how old I look. I hate how I look.” A long-time friend who recently spent time with...

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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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Is Your Body Dialing 911?
22 Feb 2017

Is Your Body Dialing 911?

It can start as a whisper. That 20 pounds you’ve gained over the last 5 years. You pass it off as part of aging and go grab a donut, vowing to make better choices starting tomorrow. Or, it could be a not-so-gentle tap on your shoulder….chest pain now and then when you go for a walk. Or, your wakeup call may be the 2 x...

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Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive
26 Jan 2017

Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive

Facebook is a great place to find support groups related to health-related concerns. They’re everywhere. Menopause, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, iodine deficiency, magnesium deficiency…there’s something for everyone. While they are good places to share stories and connect, they are lousy places to get medical advice. I’ve noticed 2 particularly disturbing trends. The first is an increase in the number of women in these groups who...

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The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance
12 Jan 2017

The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance

Janet was in her late 40’s when we first began working together. She had just split up with her husband of one year and was a financially strapped single mom to 2 teenage boys. Janet had a long history of issues with depression, which culminated at age 42 with 2 hospitalizations for suicide attempts. While any suicide attempt is cause for alarm, what is even...

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How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year
29 Dec 2016

How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn on my self-care journey is how to say no. I was recently approached by a group of friends and asked to be in charge of a fundraiser at the church my husband and I recently started going to. This request triggered all kinds of thoughts. “How can I say no when our church badly needs some...

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9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor
14 Dec 2016

9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor

Talking about menopause with your doctor can be intimidating for many women. Many of us were brought up to believe that doctors know all and that we should follow instructions and not ask questions (if we even know WHAT questions to ask). And unfortunately, many physicians know little about hormone management beyond birth control pills and traditional synthetic hormone replacement. Fortunately, I believe the tide is...

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Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
01 Dec 2016

Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had enough. Enough of hearing how my clients are dismissed by their health care providers for being “too young” to be in perimenopause or “too far past menopause” to have hormonal symptoms. I’ve had it with the limited options that are offered to help women reclaim their quality of life. I’ve had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of information when there’s...

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Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???
03 Nov 2016

Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???

By Shirley Weir Note: This article contains information from the Canadian health care system. However, much of it is reflective of the US experience. Coverage for hormone management is often not provided in health care plans, especially if you are not working with a traditional medical provider. Show me a woman who isn’t starved: starved for time, money, and let’s be honest, a little sanity!...

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