Menopause: The Heat is On

Flame On © lynette sheppard

Flame On © lynette sheppard

PMS. The bloating, the cramping, headaches and irritability – who could have known that it was the barest hint of what was to come?? Who imagined that we could and would feel so so so much worse? Hot flashes can be one of the most intense of physical changes symptomatic of the Change. When your body temperature goes from 98.6 to 3098.6 in the space of a heartbeat, your attention becomes solely fixated on that HEAT! No matter what clever euphemism is chosen to describe these incendiary bursts: power surge, short personal trip to the tropics and the like, the fact remains that they peg the discomfort needle well into the red zone.

The word “Flash” is actually a misnomer except in relating the intensity and speed of onset. It can be likened to a strike of a lightning bolt. Flash conjures up images of “short”, “burst”, “over with quickly”. But alas, that is rarely the case. A flash can last 5-15 minutes, or more for some of us. A menopausal theory of relativity applies here. (As so much with womanly experience, this is scientifically unproven, but anecdotally FACT. Just ask a group of midlife women.) As we approach the heat of light, time slows down and that five minute hot flash seems like a blazing eternity. Telling us to go to hell is an empty threat. Been there, done that.

Our Goddess group ultimately have agreed that the next person who tells us that they think of hot flashes as wonderful ‘power surges’ gets the full brunt of our fury. Power surges are a serious hazard. Ask any electrician. We need industrial strength surge protectors – we are frying our circuits!

Take heart, though. If you are just starting this journey, know that it gets better. Although some women report having milder versions of their hot flashes well into their seventies and eighties. All we can say about that is: WTF?

(excerpted from the book of our adventures through perimenopause and The Big M:  Becoming A Menopause Goddess.)

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Natural Remedies For Menopause Relief

Naturally © lynette sheppard

Naturally © lynette sheppard

Guest blogger Jessica Socheski outlines a natural regimen for coping with menopausal symptoms. Enjoy!

Natural Remedies For Menopause Relief

Dealing with menopause proves a different battle for each individual woman. While some experience mild symptoms, others face prolonged and often painful effects of the hormonal change in their bodies.

Occurring at the natural end of a woman’s reproductive life, menopause symptoms can be treated in various ways. There is no “cure” for menopause because it is a process that must work its way through the body, but there are relief techniques to ease the discomfort.

While medications can be taken, many women have unpleasant reactions to medicine or just prefer more natural means and are seeking a holistic method of relief through private medical care. Here are some of the top ways to combat the effects of menopause and continue enjoying your life.

1. Diet
The foods you consume can either aid in controlling menopausal symptoms, or they can exacerbate these side effects. Foods high in caffeine and carbonation contain phosphorous which can aggravate menopausal symptoms.

Eating organic foods instead of commercially raised foods can decrease symptoms. Commercially raised foods including meat contain high amounts of saturated fats that decrease the body’s ability to metabolize estrogen.

Excessive ingestion of overly sugary foods limits the body’s ability to metabolize estrogen as well, and this can also damage the body’s immune system.

Food containing phytoestrogens and omega-3 fatty acids should be added to a daily diet. These decrease symptoms by filling the body with essential nutrients. Foods such as soy, oats, grains, almonds, blueberries (berries in general), vegetables, and wheat should be digested daily.

2. Vitamins
Pharmacist Steven G. Ottariano recommends adding vitamins and minerals to a daily diet because of their benefits for mid and late life hormones.

Vitamin E helps reduce night sweats and hot flashes. Taking Vitamin E and Vitamin C together helps the body to absorb Vitamin E’s benefits while decreasing capillary fragility.

Calcium relieves menopausal symptoms and should be taken with magnesium, which aids in the body’s absorption of calcium.

Studies have shown that ginseng helps with menopausal mood swings as well as relieving sleep disturbances and emotional sensitivity.
Evening primrose oil is known to help reduce hot flashes, too. Used for its ability to aid in menstrual cramp relief, it is logical that this would also impact hot flashes and help provide relief.

3. Black Cohosh
An herb, Black Cohosh has received scientific notoriety for its effectiveness at cooling hot flashes. It has been studied and recorded to have helped women with hot flash relief.

While there has been concern that this herb could affect hormone-sensitive tissue such as the uterus and breast as well as creating possible liver problems, much of the scientific research suggests these connections are not linked to Black Cohosh alone.

4. Stress Relief
Because menopause is affecting the body’s hormones, many women find themselves more stressed than usual and unable to sleep. Hot flashes only disturb sleep further and cause more stress.

Drinking herbal tea can relieve hot flashes while soothing and relaxing the body in order to achieve a better night’s rest. Relaxing in a bath is also known to relieve stress, and many women find that taking an ice bath actually relieves their symptoms more because it soothes hot flashes.

Working through menopause is not a pleasant experience, but it doesn’t have to be painful either. Working through it with natural options can aid relief while helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Ruminations on Seven Decades

© Carol Aldinger

© Carol Aldinger

Celebrating your seventies? Why not! Wise woman Carol Aldinger first posted her ruminations on this milestone on our Celebrate What’s Right With The World Facebook page. I was so inspired, I begged her to let me post it for all of us on Menopause Goddess Blog. Not since “When I’m An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple” has a piece filled me with so much joy and hope about our aging. Or should I say ripening. I hope you enjoy this as much  as I did. Oh, and yes, the photograph is Carol, walking her talk. Rowrrrrr.

“Wasn’t it just the other day, I looked ahead to the far distant future, the turn of the century to a new millennium? That was a date so far in the future it was incomprehensible to a 30 year old gal. My thoughts ran like this: Lets see, in 2000 I’ll be HOW OLD? No way. Fifty Six!!! I’ll be ancient!

Somewhere in my thirties, I had an epiphany. I quit caring what other people thought about me and what I looked like/ acted like/ was. It was liberating! Exhilarating! And so much fun just being myself!

We experienced the miracle of birth twice, and raised two wonderful offspring, who succeeded in their own lives marvelously. We went out to the wilds every chance we had, and taught our kids the wonders and beauties of that natural world. They still love it nearly as much as we do!

Hubby had a successful career and unusual for an engineer managed to put in 30 years at one location, allowing us to stay in this adopted state we’ve come to love.

Then he retired, and after two uneventful years trying to travel the western states, and finding it an empty cup, we found a whole new calling, as volunteers for the Forest Service at a visitor center only 70 miles from our home. It allowed us to LIVE in our mountains, and to share with travelers the hidden gems and secret places of our region. What a joy!

Well, 50 came and went with barely a ripple in my life, then 60. Yes, I think 60 is the new 50. But now……… this one is scary – 70. Time to take stock.

The past? Pretty darn Good! Plus
How do I feel? With my hands of course. Seriously? No major health problems. Plus
Eyes? I can see pretty darn well, and my glasses don’t have coke bottle lenses. Plus
Ok, so I have astigmatism and every picture I take comes out crooked. Correctable.

I can enjoy the splendor of a sunset, the mystery of a flower petal, the beauty in a winter landscape, and the sunshine of a child’s smile.

Hearing? No hearing aid required, and if people don’t speak quite as clearly as they used to, I can still hear the glorious spring chorus of birds, the giggly laughter of children in the park near our home, the babbles of the various creeks and streams when we’re in the mountains. Plus

Nose? I can smell with ease the perfume of my neighbor’s lilacs, the subtler scent of our apple tree in bloom, the yummy smells in a bakery, the cat’s sandbox, (oops) and a hundred others. Plus

Taste? I can relish Chocolate! Nuf said. Plus

Touch? The softness of my kitties’ ears and nose! The tickle of a butterfly. The delicate texture of a shiny new leaf or flower petal. All these I can feel and so much
more. Plus

Weight? Back where it should have been 20 years ago when we still backpacked! Plus

Ease of movement? Range of motion of some joints isn’t as good as it was once upon a time. Minus

But: Even though our hiking range has slowly become shorter and shorter, from 16 miles down to 7 or 8, WE CAN STILL HIT THE TRAIL, explore, enjoy all the places that were too close to consider a decade or two ago. On the whole this one gets a Plus too. Plus

Taken in total, Life is Good! We are lucky! Of all our neighbors, some our age, some younger, we are the healthiest folks on our block!

So, if I choose to run through the sprinkler, shout at the full moon, make echos in culverts, just laugh with me! Even better, unleash your inner child and come join me!
Time to Celebrate what’s right with my life!”

Come on over and check out the Celebrate What’s Right FB page – and post your own celebrations! Let’s hear it for less cable news and more celebrating what’s right with the world!

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Grumpy Old Menopause – Carol E. Wyer Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Hello and welcome to the Grumpy Old Menopause blog tour! Having taken the world by storm and rocketed up the charts to become the #1 best selling book on Amazon, this light and humorous guide to beating the more unpleasant symptoms of the menopause is essential reading for anyone going through or simply preparing themselves for this unavoidable change. So buckle up and let Carol E.

Wyer  show you how it’s done!

 

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‘Have you started to write post-it notes with your kids’ names on them? Do you need to change your underwear after every sneeze? Guess it’s time to read this book then. It’ll help you get through “that” time in your life with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

With numerous suggestions, sensible advice and amusing anecdotes, Grumpy Old Menopause will help you sail through that tricky part of a woman’s life with ease and humour. It should prevent you from turning into Mrs Crabby or worse still, a demonic monster.’

An excellent mix of humour and sound advice. This book is a must-read for all women … I highly recommend Grumpy Old Menopause. It is the perfect blend of humour and excellent advice to help all women sail through the menopause.” – Nicky Snazell, Fi STOP Consultant Physiotherapist in Spinal Pain, Fellow of Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain. International Lecturer in Pain and Health.

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Ladies, I (Lynette) had the chance to read this book and here’s my take:  If Robin Williams were a woman chronicling the changes of Menopause, he’d be Carol Wyer. Screamingly funny, seemingly hypomanic, and ultimately upbeat, she casts her comedic eye on the Change from A to Z. Literally. If you are ready to laugh (or need to, like most Menopause Goddesses), you’ll enjoy this romp through the all the changes this transition brings. Her tongue in cheek ideas for recreating yourself might exhaust you if you try them all (it seems like she did). Pick and choose your favorites or just take it one alphabetical letter at a time. Laughter is indeed the best way to get through this time of life – that and a community of Menopause Goddesses.

 

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I have always written stories. My early stories were for children and sported silly titles like Humphrey and the Dustbin Cats, Hurrah for Hugo! and Noir and Blanc – Two Naughty Cats. They taught French language to younger children and were accompanied by a tape of French songs, mercifully not sung by me.

I began writing for adults after my son left home. I converted his old bedroom into an office and set about writing humorous novels largely aimed at women of a certain age.

The rest is history. Following much media success with Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, I signed the Amanda Wilson novels with Thornberry Publishing. In 2012, I was lucky enough to be offered a three book deal with Safkhet Publishing. They have published How Not to Murder Your Grumpy and Just Add Spice, and released Grumpy Old Menopause, the sister book to How Not to Murder Your Grumpy, in December 2013.

I now write full-time. When I am not working on a novel, I’ll be writing articles for magazines such as Woman’s Weekly, or blog posts for The Huffington Post and Indies Unlimited.

My books aim to encourage as many people as possible to age disgracefully and enjoy life.  After all, life is short and ‘he who laughs…lasts!’

Find Carol

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Since its release, Grumpy Old Menopause has been featured on no less than 28 radio stations and the Staying Young Show over in the US. Magazines have come-a-knocking too, with articles in Take a Break, Women’s Weekly, Women and Golf Magazine, Wolverhampton Magazine and Staffordshire Life, while the bright lights of prime time TV also beckoned when Carol was interview on BBC Breakfast Television in November 2013 – click here to watch the interview.

 

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Menopausal Journey: A Rite of Passage

JENNIFER BOIRE-Montreal author and writing coach Jennifer Boire

I so wished I’d had this book when I was in my forties. Then again, maybe we wouldn’t have needed to start the Menopause Goddess group and this blog and that is an experience that I would not have missed for the world.

Jennifer Boire’s new book, The Tao of Turning Fifty, is a must read for any woman in her 40’s. As a woman rapidly approaching 60, I found it helpful even now. We are continually exploring and reinventing ourselves as we move through our Second Adulthood. The journal exercises and suggestions help us gain focus and clarity as we move through all the stages of later life. Here’s more in Jennifer’s own words. Enjoy her guest post.

Menopausal Journey: A Rite of Passage
There are no official rites – beyond letting your hair go grey and joining the Red Hat Society. It has been largely uncharted till recently.  Our mothers didn’t talk about it; their doctors may have suggested a hysterectomy would make them less hysterical. No one has prepared us for it, so we don’t really know what’s coming, but already in our early forties, things are beginning to change.

I remember not thinking at all about menopause, until one day my period didn’t come, and after a short panic, the pregnancy test came back negative.  Then my period was back again for six months, so I forgot there was something going on.  I noticed my PMS was getting worse though -  I was snarly two weeks out of the month. My emotional landscape was a little out of control – happy one minute then shrieking like a banshee at my teenagers, who were probably wondering where to buy a straitjacket on-line.

For other women, the wake-up call might be their libido is so low it’s dragging on the floor, or they waking up dripping with night sweats, or just being kept awake by the little gerbil running in its cage between 2 and 4 a.m. It can all make you feel like you’re going a little batty.

Just like the story of the caterpillar and the butterfly, you are being transformed. But at first it feels like all your parts are melting down into bug soup. Your will is hiding down around your ankles like pants without a belt. You wonder who you are, what you want, you feel overwhelmed with all the changes going on. Your whole sense of identity and even what you love, is shifting. But in the middle of your darkest night, look up, and notice that in the darkness, wing buds are sprouting. A transformation is on the way.

There is not one day, or one moment that will demarcate the arrival but you feel the fragility of new wings, gossamer things, shining in the sun. You feel the old self peeling away, the old attitudes, the old passions dying and new ones being born.

Your energy begins to return; you fly back into the light.
Have patience. There really is such a thing as post-menopausal zest, once you pull yourself out of the swamp.

Look beyond the symptoms and reframe the experience as a rite of passage. Recognize these symptoms are labour pains. You are in a major phase of initiation into a new Self. All you hear about is hot flashes and night sweats. But menopause is a transition worthy of ritual and self-care; you are worthy of attending to yourself with loving kindness and compassion (knowing that it’s temporary helps).

What Else Helps:
Listen to your body: Your body is your inner guidance system. And the menstrual system is the stress barometer in women, according to psychologist Alexandra Pope. Heed the messages it sends you for rest, and more rest. Doing one thing at a time becomes imperative; multitasking becomes difficult if not impossible. Find activities that encourage stillness, self-nurturing, like naps, yoga, tai chi. Writing in your journal helps too.

Creative Joy:

What did you used to love doing when you were younger? Any right brain activity, like singing, dancing, SoulCollage®, crocheting and pottery, helps you get back in touch with the real you, underneath all those hats you’ve been wearing.

Girlfriends: sharing, talking and listening, just being around ‘sisters’ is what got me through menopause; it’s so good to be seen and heard.
Be gentle with yourself. Release the tendency to want to get everything on your list done in one day. Strike two things off your list, and be satisfied. Repeat after me, I am enough.

The good news is that you will resurface; you will find yourself again in the second half of life. You will come through this rite of passage with greater self-confidence, a sense of maturity and the courage to find your voice. The post menopausal woman is the Wise Woman, the one who gives us all a survival edge.

To help you on this journey, with this rite of passage, check out The Tao of Turning Fifty, What Every Woman in Her Forties Needs to Know. See www.jenniferboire.com for a free excerpt.

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About Jennifer Boire:
Author Jennifer Boire, MA, has published two books of poetry and survived menopause while shepherding two pre-teens through puberty and supervising construction of a new home. She has been blogging about menopause and mid-life since 2006 (over 50,000 hits). In her research and many interviews, she discovered what women need to hear most is that they are not going crazy. She leads Creative Journaling classes and retreats for women at mid-life to help them cultivate faith in their inner resources.

Author of The Tao of Turning Fifty, What Every Woman in her Forties Needs to Know, she blogs as Musemother. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. www.jenniferboire.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTaoOfTurningFifty Twitter : https://twitter.com/Musemother

About The Tao of Turning Fifty:
The Tao of Turning Fifty, What Every Woman in Her Forties Needs to Know is what you need to read if you are curious about how to find balance and feel better on the perilous journey through the mid-life transition. With a light touch and gentle humour, Jennifer Boire provides her brand of women’s wisdom on matters such as Where Did My Libido Go? Tango at Mid-Life, Feeling Like You’re Going Crazy, Menopause is Not a Disease, and How to Cultivate Your Own IGS System (inner guidance system).

This is a workbook you can journal along with, answering the thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. Don’t miss the menopause poems at the end of the book, or the appendix of helpful hints such as how to create your own mini-retreat, or the many tips for de-stressing and slowing down.
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Why We Need Our Sisters

Sisters in the Lake © lynette sheppard

Sisters in the Lake © lynette sheppard

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that the Menopause Goddesses believe that the most important remedy, help, and solution for any part of the Menopause journey is girlfriends. Sisters, other women, help us by laughing with us, crying with us, showing tough love and profound compassion. No one understands you the way your sisters do. For that reason, we advocate starting your own Menopause Goddess Group (or call it Aging Gracefully Group or Second Adulthood Group or what have you.) Sister goddess and fine art photographer Theresa Airey shared this piece with me to pass on to you all. We don’t know who wrote it.

Even if you’ve seen it before, it bears repeating. All the good things do. Enjoy.

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

“Don’t forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. “They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then, and do things with them.”

“Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women…your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. You’ll need other women. Women always do.”

“What a funny piece of advice!” the young woman thought. “Haven’t I just gotten married? Haven’t I just joined the couple-world? I’m now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!”

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I’ve learned:

Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don’t do what they’re supposed to.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end.

BUT………

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening  on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you…or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family all bless our life!

The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

 

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Train Your Brain: More About Neuroplasticity

Here’s a helpful infographic with a little more info about neuroplasticity shared by Brietta Mengel and the gang at Top Counseling Schools site.  It might motivate you to train your brain. (As if the games on Lumosity weren’t enough – they are so much fun.) Thanks, Brietta!

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Find Menopause Relief through Lifestyle Changes

Kaleidoscopic Rose © lynette sheppard

Kaleidoscopic Rose © lynette sheppard

Enjoy this guest post by Dr. Bill Rawls, who offers common sense approaches to a better Menopause transition.

One thing is certain–menopause is not a disease.  It’s a perfectly natural process that affects every woman once they reach a certain age.  However, sometimes it can feel like a disease.  This is because menopause is the proverbial last straw; things add up unnoticed for years until menopause comes along and tips the balance over.  Symptoms of menopause are a collection of all these factors coming together at once.  If a lot of factors have collected over time, menopause is going to be a rough ride.

Typical examples of these factors include eating processed foods, not sleeping enough, being stressed out, or not exercising.  Some less obvious factors include exposure to toxins (the modern world is a toxic place and many of those toxins affect hormones), and radiation from electronic devices such as computers and cell phones.  All these factors accumulate over an individual’s lifetime. Things are usually fine until a precipitating event comes along; for many women, menopause is the spark that causes everything to fall apart.

As a practicing gynecologist of over 15 years, I can usually predict which of my patients are going to have a rough ride just by knowing their health habits.  Relieving menopause symptoms for a patient who smokes, has a stressful job, and eats fast food on the run is going to be a real challenge. That patient is going to require high doses of estrogen and probably other drug therapy.

A person with good health habits, however, can often be managed with herbal therapy alone.  If estrogen is chosen as part of the therapy, only low doses of bio-identical estrogen and progesterone therapy are usually required.

The good news: regardless of whether you are approaching perimenopause or menopause, you can start improving your health habits today and make up for lost time.  You’ve worked hard in life; perhaps it’s time to start pampering yourself and giving your body the things it needs.  Make a commitment to let processed foods go.  Treat yourself to fresh organic vegetables, fruit and other wholesome foods.  Take time to prepare something delicious (visit the Vital Plan blog for some tasty, healthy recipes).

Relax, and get a massage.  Start exercising regularly; try joining a group fitness class with a friend.  Purify your body by minimizing the toxins in your life and changing your air filters. If you want some additional support in resetting your health, weight, and habits, I’ve designed a 10-day Cleanse that will get you started. By cleaning up your health habits, not only will menopause become less of an issue–your whole life will be changed for the better!

About Dr. Bill Rawls:
Dr. Bill Rawls, FACOG, is a conventionally trained physician (board certified in obstetrics and gynecology) with a passion for health restoration and herbal supplements. Dr. Rawls graduated from medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University) in 1985 and maintains a medical license in North Carolina. He has extensive training in alternative and holistic medicine and is also the medical director and co-founder of the wellness company Vital Plan. For more information, see his book (The Vital Plan), or visit the Facebook page.

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Best Remedies for Menopause Symptoms

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Guest blogger Melody Cleo offers a synopsis of natural Menopause remedies in this guest blog post. Some are old favorites and some might surprise you. Enjoy.

Change of life comes to all women and can be a period of exhausting and annoying symptoms. When feeling the distress caused by menopause symptoms, a number of home remedies and therapies can assist you. Of course, many women only experience mild symptoms which do not require treatment.

Symptoms of menopause:
-Night sweats
-Depression
-Hot flashes
-Muscular and joint pain
-Bladder problems
-Decreased libido
-Mood swings
-Vaginal dryness
-Anxiety
-Insomnia
-Skin problems

Before beginning any kind of natural menopause therapies or treatment, it is advisable to consult a doctor, to determine whether there might be any adverse interactions with medication you are already taking or other risks. Below are some of the best known remedies for menopause symptoms.

Phytoestrogens:
-Are plant derivatives.
-Are used to treat symptoms of menopause since they are similar to the hormones produced by your own body.

Progesterone treatments:
-Progesterone is a normal hormone produced by the human body.
-Aging reduces the production of progesterone considerably. Many studies have approved the usage of natural progesterone cream which is absorbed through the skin.
-Progesterone treatments may be used alongside other hormone treatments or remedies.
-It is the most effective remedy available.

Herbal medicines:
-Are very common in treating menopause symptoms
-It is advisable to see a herbalist or naturopath to prescribe herbal treatments geared especially for you to assist in alleviating symptoms of menopause.

Wild yam creams:
-Are a very common over the counter remedy
-Wild yams contain diosgenin which can be synthesized to progesterone.
 (This can only happen in the laboratory)

Black cohosh:
-Research has indicated that it helps with night sweats and hot flashes
-It stimulates specific estrogen receptors, for example in the bones and not the breast where it can be harmful
-It may be used by some women who cannot utilize estrogen replacement therapy
-This herb can be used for period pains and irregular periods.

Agnus cactus:
-Prevents mood changes and hot flushes during menopause
-It stimulates the pituitary gland which then lowers the levels of follicle stimulating hormone and balances hormones

Sage leaf:
-Has been used for centuries to treat gum disease, sore throat, night sweating and hot flushes
-Lack of concentration and lack of memory are also some of the menopause symptoms that are helped by this treatment.

Omega 3:
-Found in pumpkin, oily fish, flax seeds etc.
-Are essential part of diet
-Can be used to beat vaginal dryness, hot flashes, joint pains and dry skin
-If you lack omega 3 you may suffer from fatigue, forgetfulness, dry skin, aching joints, cracked nails and lifeless hair.

Red clover:
-Rich in isoflavones that have a similar effect to that of estrogen.
-Effective against night sweating and hot flushes
-Improves heart health in women during menopause making it very important

St. Johns wort:
-Beats depression and combats mood swings
-Boosts sex drive in menopausal women
-Beats anxiety and other complications that are related to menopause

You can consider utilizing one or all of the above mentioned remedies to find out which one works best for you.

And for our European readers: if none of these remedies works for you, you can use your eu health card to get medical attention across Europe.

Author Bio:
Melody Cleo is a passionate blogger from Manchester, UK. In her free time, she writes articles on various topics such as technology, gadgets, travel…etc. As of now she is focusing on European Health Insurance Card, which provides health insurance services for the European people.

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Rock The Change: Thriving Through Menopause

Goddess Changing © lynette sheppard

Goddess Changing © lynette sheppard

Menopause Goddess Mee Kim-Chavez has invited yours truly and 14 other experts to present for a free, online summit called “Rock the Change” which takes place February 5-19, 2014. I asked her to share a little about herself and this groundbreaking program. First, a little about Mee.

Mee is a holistic health coach. How many of the Venuses could have used her help navigating the morass of health care system, herbal remedies, and such! Thankfully, she is here now for those of you in the midst of perimenopause and menopause.

After recording my presentation, Mee congratulated me on being a strong health advocate for myself during the worst of heavy bleeding and inappropriate (to me)  recommendations for D & C or hysterectomy. How was I able to do that?

Well, I was a nurse used to having my way with doctors. Ok, that came out wrong. Let me rephrase that. I was used to offering ( sometimes pushing) my opinion and acting as an advocate ( mama bear) for my patients, so it was natural to me to question all options and to act on my own behalf.

However, that is not so easy for most women going through the change. In the worst of menopause brain fog, they have to embark on a steep (and confusing) learning curve. Then they have to call up levels of assertiveness that may be difficult, or expensive should they need second, even third opinions. Having a navigator like Mee might just make that transition a whole lot easier.

Here is Mee’s story in her own words:

I’m about 3 months from turning 50.  I never thought I would see this number come up so quickly.  What I mean is, it was something that was going to happen later…… much later.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m totally okay with it.  In fact, I’m more than okay with it.  I’m so okay with it that I’m welcoming it with open arms and telling everyone about it.  It’s not in secret hopes that someone will say, “no, really?  You don’t look 50 at all!”  Okay maybe just a little bit; a gal can hope can’t she?

I have a much deeper reason for being excited about my next second half.  It’s beyond skin deep.  I can attest there is some excitement in knowing that I am entering the next half of my life; part 2, the next act, a rebirth.  But this time around, I’m doing it on my own terms with no commitments.  I’m no longer serving primarily as a mother of three, wife of 23 years, the dutiful Korean daughter of many decades.  No more. There’s a French proverb that says, when a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice.  I have found my voice and my joie de vivre.  I’m singing the Pointer Sisters  – “I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it!”

This was the motivation for putting together the summit, Rock The Change:  How To Use Menopause to Ignite Your Sensual Self.  I invited 15 top experts to talk about all facets of menopause from sensuality, nutrition, naturopathic, intuitive, fashion, pelvic core, spirituality and even how to put together a Menopause Goddess group (sound familiar?).  My intention is to change the mindset of women on menopause.  Why is it that once women hit midlife, society views us as “done”?  And if we buy into that message, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  We’re not done, people!  We’re just entering our best act and it’s called stepping into ourselves, our genius. (high fives all around)  So, let’s start shining that positive light on menopause and shift our mindset to embracing menopause.

Shine ON,
Mee
Mee’s Bio:

Mee Kim-Chavez is a holistic health coach serving women over 40 to “rock their sexy.”  The first half of her act encompassed body image issues, eating disorder, and seeking external factors for acceptance.  While she enjoyed a career in design for 25 years, Mee felt an increasing need to find work that was more aligned with who she was becoming.  Mee graduated from Institute of Integrative Nutrition 2012 and founded Shine with Mee (www.shinewithmee.com).  She is pumped to see what the next act holds for her.

Mee

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