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DIET Means Did I Eat Today?

Hummus and Raw Food Crackers © lynette sheppard

Hummus and Raw Food Crackers © lynette sheppard

It’s not a diet; it’s a whole new way of eating. How many times have you heard that about the latest weight loss cure? From the Ornish diet to HCG to Jenny Craig to Adkins, the list goes on and on. I’ve tried them all. Last New Year’s Day, I decided that I was over it. Fat and happy? So be it.

Around the first of May, my handsome hubby, Dewitt, said that he’d like to try a new diet. A friend of ours was embarking on the Fast Metabolism Diet and wanted us to do it too.

“Great!” I thought to myself. “Yet another way to lose weight so I can put it back on again when we start traveling or eating out.” After several heavy sighs, I agreed to try it.

A 28 day regimen of no soy, no wheat, no dairy, no corn. Ohhhhkayyyy. No sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine. Less appealing, but in for a penny, in for a pound.

Eat five to six meals a day – I can do that. What? Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking? And this without caffeine? Sheesh. I’m equal parts irritated and intrigued.

I read Haylie Pomroy’s book on the diet – and speaking as a nurse, I like her reasoning very much. You have to have fuel in order to burn fuel. Eating is not the problem, but what and how we eat.

The hard part for me was figuring out what to eat and serve on the phases of the diet. I kept flipping back and forth through the book to find all the info. The food combining is fairly regimented for cleansing and detoxing. My Menopause brain was working overtime to figure it all out.

And then, drum roll, I discovered that there was an app for that. With the Fast Metabolism Diet app, I could easily keep track of what to buy and how to structure all those many meals. Phase 1: two days of low fat, lots of healthy grains and fruit. Phase 2: two days of low fat, certain veggies in large quantities, and lean protein. (Definitely my least favorite phase but great for detoxification. I complained a lot during those two days every week.) Phase 3: three days of healthy fats, lean protein, some grain and fruit.

Best of all, the app has tons of recipes. Finally, we had to drink LOTS of water every day.

And after 28 days? We lost 12 and 14 pounds respectively. More than being happy with our weight loss, we were thrilled with our energy levels and general well-being.

These days, we continue to eat healthy grains: amaranth, quinoa, kamut, sprouted grain baked goods, and brown rice. BTW, you haven’t lived if you haven’t eaten red quinoa!

We eat lots of fruit and vegetables. We eat sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.

I used to believe that fat was the enemy. No longer. We don’t avoid fat –  we embrace it. Olive oil and coconut oil are our staples for cooking. Almond butter is our spread. We eat lots of raw nuts and seeds. We snack on hummus (here’s a link to the best hummus recipe ever!). We eat corn chips occasionally that are non GMO.

Protein is chicken, beef, pork, and eggs. We avoid hormones, antibiotics, and nitrates. We eat organic as much as possible.

Our sweeteners are stevia and agave nectar in small quantities.

Want a great dessert? Laughing Giraffe Organics makes Snakaroons – chocolate is my favorite flavor although Goji Maca is a close second. They are raw, vegan, and delicious. Ingredients: Organic unsweetened coconut, organic agave nectar, organic cacao, organic coconut sugar, organic vanilla extract, and Himalayan pink salt. That’s it. No weird stuff I can’t pronounce.

Sure, we have a glass of wine now and again and drink some coffee, mostly decaf although it too has some caffeine. And I never met a birthday cake I didn’t like. But we love our new way of eating. It’s January and we remain within a pound or two of our achieved weight at the end of the diet.

I’m not saying this diet is for everyone. But it sure makes all kinds of sense to me. And if I eat something not on the list? I don’t worry about it and continue my mostly good eating habits.

I now travel with almond butter, sprouted bread, and raw nuts. And  it’s becoming much easier to eat out as so many more restaurants serve healthy grains and fats.

Want more info? Check out the Fast Metabolism diet here. Even if you just want a good cleanse or detox, it’s worth doing the 28 days. And it may just change the way you eat. Haylie Pomroy tells us “DIET stands for Did I Eat Today”. And I can say, “Oh, yes I did!”

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Reduce Hot Flashes and Night Sweats with Crila®

Butterfly Gold © lynette sheppard

Butterfly Gold © lynette sheppard

Thankfully, most of the Venuses are through the worst of hot flashes and the like. Still, new remedies and products are coming out all the time, and we want to keep you abreast of them. Keep in mind, that “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean without side effects or that it will work for you. Every woman’s Menopause is unique to her (sucky but true). When availing yourself of treatments or supplements, remember to give it time to work (at least 2 weeks or more for herbal preparations) and to try only one new thing at a time so you may determine what works and what doesn’t.

Emma Paterson contributed this guest post about a new herbal remedy from Vietnam. None of the Venuses need the relief it is said to offer – if you try it, please let us know how it worked for you. And don’t forget to tell your physician or health care partner what you are taking to see if there may be interactions with other medications you require.

Reduce Hot Flashes and Night Sweats with Crila®

What is Crila®?
Crila®, is a natural,farm-to-factory herb grown in Vietnam, a proprietary, clinically tested, concentrated extraction from the leaves of Vietnamese CRInum Latifolium L. Although is fairly new to the U.S market It has produced some astounding results, making front page news in 7 California newspapers.

The Kings Herb

The story of Crila® is a fascinating one: Wild Crinum latifolium L leaves have been used in Traditional Medicine for over 100 years. The leaves were traditionally brewed as a strong tea, but the herb was very rare, and could easily be mistaken for other plants which lacked the desired medicinal properties. In fact, due to its scarcity in nature, traditional Vietnamese doctors were only allowed to administer it to the Vietnamese royal family. Thus this rare, wild medicinal herb was known as “The Kings Herb” and remained, for generations, one of the country’s best kept secrets.

Royal physicians believed in the herb’s ability to promote overall wellness and longevity, and recognized its properties for maintaining prostate health and thus improving sleep.* More, it was also known as the Royal Woman’s Herb due to its botanical properties effective in reducing menopausal hot flashes, promoting uterine health and, in younger women, relieving mild cramps and discomfort during menstruation.*

Dr Tram – Crila® Inventor
A few generations later… Dr. Tram, who has a PhD in Chemistry, started traveling throughout Vietnam, collecting herbs, flowers, leaves, and wild plants. She first heard of Crinum latifolium L and the folk law behind the “Kings Herb” while stopping for a cup of tea just outside of Hue, the old Imperial capitol where the royal families traditionally lived.

In 1990, Dr. Tram focused her research on the extraordinary potential of the Crinum plants. Inspired by The King’s Herb, she utilized methods of organic cultivation, modern production, and scientific validation. Dr. Tram differentiated many Crinum varieties – all of which look alike to the layman. She spent 23 years conducting scientific research to identify and developed a unique, specific variety of Crinum latifolium L which helps to relieve menopausal discomfort such as hot flushes and night sweats aiding one to sleep much easier.

Today Dr. Tram is the world’s leading authority on the scientific properties of this herb and one of Vietnam’s most respected scientists, recently making Vietnam’s top 100 women list!
No Risk
Crila® works to your satisfaction or your money back. If you happen to be one of those who do not feel the positive effects then there is a 100 day money back guarantee. We have personal testimonials from medical professionals as well as from women all over the world telling us how Crila® has changed their Change-of-life. Here is just one:

Vilma Barboza, Singapore

“I began menopause at 38, now I am  41. I tried other herbal products, because my belief is that herbal products are safer and more beneficial than pharmaceutical drugs, but the other herbal products I tried for menopause didn’t work for me. I suffered from hot flushes, low energy, and could never sleep more than 4 hours at night before waking. It left me feeling drained, always tired, often cranky and dispirited. I found it hard to concentrate on my work. A friend recommended  Crila® for Menopause. After I tried Crila® , it changed my life a lot.  Now I sleep very well, my temperament is more calm, and my energy is good. I have been taking  Crila® for a year now, and have no hot flushes anymore.”

Visit Crila® Health.com today to see how you can reduce hot flushes naturally or your money back.

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This Is Just Menopause, Right?

Femininity © lynette sheppard

Femininity © lynette sheppard

September is ovarian cancer awareness month. This week’s guest post  by Karen Ingalls illuminates the symptoms and how they can be confused with the signs of Menopause.  She tells us how to be proactive in our own reproductive system health.

This Is Just Menopause, Right?

In the spring of 2008 I believed that my bloating stomach was because I was post-menopausal. I had started menopause in my late 40’s and even though I was now 68, I felt confident that I was gaining weight due to hormonal changes. I decided I just needed to exercise more and eat less. Every morning I faithfully did 30-45 minutes of aerobics and abdominal sit-ups. I have never had a weight problem and always ate nutritiously, so I just decreased my caloric and fat intake.

Three months later I had increased a full pant size and was beginning to see I might soon have to go up one more. I was scheduled for my annual PAP test and mammogram in a couple of weeks, and decided I would talk to my gynecologist then about what I still thought was post-menopausal symptoms. Four days prior to my appointment I started to see a change in the form of my bowel movements. I was sharing these concerns while I had my legs up in the stirrups when suddenly I was aware of unusual pain. The doctor could not get the speculum in despite a couple of attempts and maneuvers. She palpated my abdomen and felt a mass.

My bloating and bowel changes were due to a mass the size of a Honeydew sized melon sitting on my left ovary. Two weeks later I was given the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, Stage IIC; had a hysterectomy and colon resection; and then 6 rounds of chemotherapy.

The typical symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
*pelvic or abdominal bloating,
*pelvic or abdominal pain,
*difficulty eating or feeling full quickly,
*frequent need to urinate, increased fatigue,
*or painful intercourse.

Are these not symptoms that a female can experience from adolescence and into adulthood? Do not some of these occur during ovulation, days before and during menstruation, and the years of menopause? Can these also be symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Urinary Infection, Back Pain, Gallbladder Issues, and many other ailments? The answer is yes, which means ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed.

I am grateful that I am now a 5-year survivor with no recurrence and the message I want to leave is the following:

1. Ladies, be proactive when such symptoms continue on a daily basis for 2 weeks.
2. Write on a chart or calendar, or in a diary of any body changes.
3. Know and write down your family’s health history.
4. Seek out a gynecologist for initial evaluation,
5. And then a gynecologic-oncologist if cancer might be suspected.

6. Know, listen, and respond to your body’s warning signs.

Karen Ingalls is the author of the award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, which provides information about this lesser known disease, and offers hope and inspiration to women and their families. Proceeds go to ovarian cancer research. She writes a weekly blog about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer at: www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com.

Her book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and her own website: Outshine. Follow Karen on Facebook.

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Menopause: Putting On Our Big Girl Panties

Wearever Panties

Wearever Panties

This wonderful guest post by Jessica Harlow has her preparing for the Big M and one of its more disturbing symptoms: leakage and incontinence. She already has a remedy – enjoy!

Saving Common Cents For Menopause Goddesses

It’s coming…The Change.

I turn 40 in a few short months and I’m pretty sure I’m circling the target. The worst part of this promised physical and emotional upheaval? I have no idea what to expect or when to expect it.

Unbearable hot flashes, uncontrollable hormonal (and emotional) outbursts, uncomfortable weight gain, unexpected acne flare ups, unwanted facial hair…I’ve learned these are just a few of the unwelcome side effects.

I can’t expect my husband to relate or even begin to understand, despite his best efforts. He’ll get to go through this with me (lucky guy), but on the sidelines. I would more than likely look to my Mom for some guidance, but unfortunately she’s not here to figuratively hold my hand and tell me it’s okay and “normal”. I wish I’d thought to ask her questions about menopause when I had the chance. I miss her every day.

I’m left with being proactive. Researching on my own, finding supportive communities online, surrounding myself with other women (who are reluctantly pondering the same things) and educating myself on what to expect and how to handle it.

What I’m finding (so far) is there is an amazing amount of women my age asking the same scary questions, for example:

Am I really going to go 6 months without a period…just to be totally mortified in a white skirt at a parent teacher conference?
Will I be competing with my husband for the title of most facial hair?
Why will my jeans feel tighter even if the scales say I haven’t gained weight?
Honestly, peeing when I sneeze or cough?!

I was actually able to personally review Wearever’s reusable incontinence underwear. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I did get a smirk from my husband when I told him I was trying them out. The verdict? These panties were actually incredibly comfortable and no one could tell I was wearing them. There were no frumpy bumps and no plastic crinkling when I walked. And, they saved the day.

True story: After two hours running errands, I found myself in the last aisle at the grocery store. Picking up just a few things (with the kids in tow) is never as quick as it should be. I reluctantly passed the restroom and charged towards the registers. I really had to go, but the kids were bickering over who got to pick what flavor ice cream and it was escalating to an almost tantrum level. Definitely time to get going. I made it through an almost 10 minute checkout, another 5 minutes to get the groceries loaded and kids buckled in, drove 5 minutes home, got everyone out of the car, unlocked the door, bypassed the dog, and RAN to the bathroom…almost in time. It wasn’t a full on “peed my pants” episode, but if I hadn’t been wearing the incontinence panties…I would have been changing my pants for sure. And when you are potty training a 3 year old the last thing you want her to see is Mom peeing her pants too.

When it comes to beginning, enduring, and finishing Menopause there is no specific sequence of events, no check marked list of what to expect and when. Every woman is blessed with her own personal journey. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t share our anxieties, personal perspectives and first-hand knowledge with other women…like when we find a product that really works. Make a note: Wearever reusable panties are now on my list of menopause must-haves.

My attitude toward this inevitable journey is to find a way to embrace it. There’s no use fighting it or trying to flee. There are no detours from menopause. In one form or another, The Change is coming for all of us. So, it’s time for me to pull up my “big girl” panties (or Wearever reusable incontinence panties, as it may be) and get on with it.

Read more of Jessica’s tips for “Saving Cents While Living Life to The Fullest” on her blog. Click here: Saving Common Cents

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Menopause Symptoms Got You Down? Try Yoga.

Lotus Blossoms © lynette sheppard

Lotus Blossoms © lynette sheppard

Menopause Goddess Allannah Law  shares some nourishing yoga poses to help with perimenopause and Menopause symptoms. I enjoyed doing the poses even though my symptoms are nearly gone (except for Menopause Brain). The only caution I would give is not to look to closely at your knees during the gentle bends – because if they look anything like mine – well, they’re just not pretty. Jimmy Buffett says that “the wrinkles only go where the smiles have been”. If that’s so, my knees have been grinning like gargoyles when I’ve not been watching. Enjoy this few minutes just for yourself.

Part One

Part Two

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Menopause and Varicose Veins: How Are They Connected?

Varicose Vines © lynette sheppard

Varicose Vines © lynette sheppard

In The Big M book (Becoming A Menopause Goddess e-book), I bemoaned all the weird “marks” that appeared on my body with Menopause. I noted that my legs were patterned with blue highways to the golden years – yep, spider veins and varicosities seemed to appear overnight. (Along with brown spots, moles, and a host of other fun dermal puzzles.) Was I imagining that Menopause was to blame?

Our friends at DoctorQA.com have some answers for Menopause Goddesses in this guest post. So glad to know I wasn’t crazy – there really is a connection. And some simple things that we can do to help.

Menopause and Varicose Veins: How Are They Connected?

Women approaching menopause can be glad to live in an era when discussion of the process and its accompanying changes is no longer hush-hush and taboo. Any biologically based changes in one’s body will be accepted and responded to better when accompanied by information and education. Since it occurs naturally, some do not consider menopause to be a medical condition per se. However it does have practical ramifications for women’s health, especially for bones and cardiovascular health.

There are many hormonal changes that accompany menopause, primary of these being decreased production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries. There are also increased levels of two hormones of the pituitary gland – luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone – that usually stimulate estrogen production by the ovaries in the pre-menopausal years. Other tissues in a menopausal woman’s body continue to produce estrogen, and the adrenal glands make some progesterone, but the overall levels of the two hormones become much lower during and after menopause. This brings on the familiar symptoms of hot flashes, loss of bone density and otherwise unexplained episodes of fatigue or depression.

Less well known is the fact that estrogen and progesterone have positive effects on all of the circulatory system, not just the heart. Veins of the leg in particular are known to express receptors for progesterone – even in men! (There are low levels of all the sex hormones in both men and women.) Therefore some doctors believe the decreased levels of progesterone during and after menopause may contribute to the development of varicose veins, which women are more predisposed to than men. The drop in hormone levels may also contribute to the weakening of the valves that veins contain, which is known to be important in the development of varicose veins.

Menopause of course can’t be prevented, but the negative symptoms are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Whether HRT reduces a woman’s chance of developing varicose veins has not been studied directly. However, most HRT preparations include both estrogen and progesterone – the combination seems safer than estrogen alone – and progesterone is predicted to be necessary for healthy veins, based on the presence of its receptors there.

Menopausal women concerned about varicose or spider veins can do a number of things in addition to HRT to reduce the likelihood of their appearance. Perhaps the most powerful preventative is regular exercise for the legs – walking, running, biking and swimming all stimulate circulation in the legs. Good circulation is key to preventing the pooling of blood in veins that causes them to become varicose. One can also avoid some of the common risk factors for developing varicose veins, such as smoking, becoming diabetic and a sedentary lifestyle.

Both sitting and standing in one place for hours at a time increase the risk of varicose veins. Therefore those in jobs requiring long hours of sitting or standing in place should take frequent but very short breaks, just to walk around a bit. Any additional exercise after work hours will only help. Wearing of support stockings is generally good for the veins of the leg and can also help prevent the onset of varicose veins. Lastly, keeping the legs and feet elevated when sitting is helpful – and it feels great, too!

DoctorQA.com helps spider and varicose veins sufferers find information and connect with local vein care specialists.

 

 

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Menopause Mailbag: Hot Flashes, Anxiety, Insomnia, and More

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This month’s menopause mailbag deals with hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, and so much more. Please take a moment to offer your advice and support in the comments section for our menopause goddess sisters.

Menopause Goddess sister L. writes from the U.K.:

Hot Flashes
Okay here’s a strange one and I’d love to know if anyone else has had this happen. A couple of weeks before my birthday this year, the hot flashes started and they were intense. Every couple of hours, every time I drank coffee, 4.00 am every night. So I stopped the coffee, started wearing layers and slept with just a sheet to stay cool.

Here we are almost 2 months later and they’ve all but stopped. One or two a week, nothing at night now. Still not drinking coffee though. I’d been told they’d go on for years … can they start and stop like this? Anyone else had this happen?

OK ladies, any suggestions? Have you all had this happen to you?

MPG: I, Lynette, got hot flashes from drinking hot beverages – cold coffee was not a problem. And even that got better.

And R. shares her hot flash remedy / discovery:

Just a heads up: I quit eating all sugar (including fruit juice and fruit) and ALL hot flashes stopped.
If I really want sugar (read fruit or chocolate) , I eat a bunch of vegetables before hand and they slow down the ingestion of sugar so I still don’t get hot flashes. Pass it on, it may help others!

MPG: Thanks, R. Definitely worth a try. And remember, goddesses, to keep a hot flash journal with what you did immediately before to find out what your own specific hot flash triggers are. Every women is unique.

M. writes requesting help:

I am soon to be 48 and 12 months into hormone hell, as I affectionately call it. I have considered myself to be strong, fun loving and positive. My perimenopause bomb hit from out of nowhere. mainly insomnia and anxiety. Totally foreign! I am on my second ND, started bioidentical progesterone 2 months ago. reasearch and ttes/labs assured me this is perimenopause. What is most difficult are the periods of insomnia and anxiety. I Would love to share with other women, help getting through these normal, common, horrible symptoms!

MPG: Readers, please help. And M., you might want to set up your own goddess group. It literally saved all of us Venuses. Click on the links below for the How To Guide blog entries.

Creating A Menopause Goddess Group: A How To Guide Pt. I

Creating A Menopause  Goddess Group: A How To Guide Pt. II

And S. writes to share her hair loss experience (which is way more common than we are ever led to believe!):

You are the answer to my prayers. My hair started falling out and I have noticeable scalp showing through. I believe it is from the HRT. I wasn’t sure how to stop, but after finding you, I have decided to cut pill in half and gradually stop taking bio-identical hormones. I have minimal wrinkles and I am concerned that skin will suffer…..bald or wrinkled….what a choice!

MPG: LOL, what a choice indeed. I remember wanting to take out stock in a hat company so at least I could cover my head. Sheesh, it’s a good thing we don’t lose our sense of humor!

Hot Flash Prevention – Avoiding the ?Triggers? | Menopause Goddess Blog dot com

All I Know About Stopping HRT So Far | Menopause Goddess Blog dot com

Holla for replacing Hormones | Kerri Zane

(Insert Pathetic Sigh Here)

Choose The Right Menopause Remedy Part II | Menopause Goddess Blog dot com

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Bacterial Vaginosis During Menopause

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This week’s guest post also focuses on vaginal health. Written by Patrick Ross, this offering addresses an uncomfortable difficulty that can arise during Menopause.

Bacterial Vaginosis During Menopause
The menopause is a difficult time for a woman. Contracting an embarrassing intimate condition during an already difficult period could make it very difficult.

What is Bacterial vaginosis? 
Bacterial vaginosis is a condition that occurs when the walls of the vagina become inflamed due to the overgrowth of bacteria. Women can develop this condition at any age, but menopause is one of the many risk factors that makes a woman more susceptible to developing this condition. The hormonal changes that women go through during this period can lead to a pH imbalance. If the pH balance in the vagina is disturbed, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly.



What are some of the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?


Light vaginal bleeding, foul-smelling discharge, painful intercourse and vaginal irritation are some of the symptoms that may accompany this condition. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can easily be confused with a yeast infection or sexually-transmitted disease, which is why this condition is sometimes difficult to diagnose.



What happens if bacterial vaginosis is left untreated?


Bacterial vaginosis can result in serious complications if it is left untreated. Women who have this condition are more likely to develop sexually-transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or HIV. Some menopausal women may need to have a hysterectomy and bacterial vaginosis can increase a woman’s risk of developing complications from the procedure.



Additionally, bacterial vaginosis can also ruin a woman’s confidence. Menopause is supposed to be a time where a woman’s life changes for the better because she no longer has to worry about menstrual cycles or pregnancy. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis may make some women feel reluctant to even leave their home.



How can bacterial vaginosis be treated?


Fortunately, menopausal women do not have to suffer with bacterial vaginosis. Balance Activ is a clinically-tested and proven gel that has been shown to alleviate this condition. This product helps treat this condition by restoring the vagina’s normal pH level. Balance Activ also helps alleviate discomfort, discharge and the foul smell.



Balance Activ is very simple to use. All a woman has to do is insert the gel into her vagina using an applicator. Balance Activ is available over-the-counter or on commercial websites, such as Amazon.com.



When to consult a physician


Most women will be able to treat their bacterial vaginosis with the help of Balance Activ. However, there are some cases that need medical assistance. If a woman experiences discomfort, bleeding or worsening symptoms, she should not hesitate to consult with her physician.

Patrick is guest blogging for balance activ a BV treatment available in America on Amazon.com or through their website.

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Having A Healthy Sex Life After Menopause

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Loss of desire. Vaginal dryness. Painful intercourse. All of these Menopausal symptoms might seem like the beginning of the end of a vibrant sex life. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I’m a big fan of vaginal lubricants (check out the Menopause Marketplace for a few recommendations.) Vaginal estrogen can also help (prescription required).  Now I’m delighted to highlight another great find: Replens Long-Lasting Feminine Moisturizer It’s not a lubricant and contains no estrogen. It is an actual moisture that replaces or enhances your own vaginal moisture. You can use it and it lasts 3-5 days.

Want to know more about regaining and reclaiming intimacy? Check out my video interview with Dr. Pepper Schwartz below.

Menopause Goddess Blog and Replens want you to Reconnect, Rekindle, and Rediscover your sexual intimacy. So for the first five women to “Like” Menopause Goddess Blog and Replens on Facebook, we’ll send you a free box of Replens.

Just click on the like button for Menopause Goddess Blog, on the right of this webpage under Follow Lynette, then go to www.facebook.com/replens and “like” their page. Lastly, send me an email to lynette@9points.com to let me know you’ve liked our 2 pages. I’ll contact the winners and get your contact info so your Replens can be sent. What could be easier?  You’ll be on your way to enjoying sex more.

BTW – Dr. Schwartz has a new book out titled Prime, Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years. I’ll be reviewing it here one Menopause Goddess Blog. It’s my new beach read!

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Perimenopause or Menopause: How to Tell the Difference

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This guest post by Pam Andrews helps differentiate between these two phases of the Menopause journey with a focus on the less documented perimenopause phase. Enjoy.

Identify Perimenopause vs. Menopause Symptoms
By: Pam Andrews of PerimenopauseAnswers.com

There is a large quantity of literature, online and in print, devoted to the treatment for hot flashes, natural menopause treatment, medical treatment to counteract severe perimenopause symptoms, and supplements for perimenopause and menopause. But those things – remedies, supplements, exercise plans, diet plans, treatment plans, and symptoms – all depend on which stage of menstrual cycle you’re currently in. Perimenopause and menopause have differences in their symptoms and correspondingly on how to provide relief for those sets of symptoms.

As the baby boomer generation continues to grow older, more and more women need to know the importance of taking the right vitamin supplements and eating a balanced diet tailored for perimenopausal and menopausal women. Perimenopause or the stage of early menopause can start in as early as the age of 30. Thus, it is crucial for all women to get a head start on being educated and informed, so that they will know their bodies well enough. That way, when they feel the signs or the symptoms, then they will recognize exactly what those mean and they can take care of themselves better.

All in all, there are 34 perimenopause and early menopause symptoms. Most of these symptoms affect around 70% of women. Perimenopause, in particular, often begins when a woman hits her 40s. The symptoms of menopause normally last during the entire menopause transition or until the age of mid 50s, but there are some women who may experience a range of menopausal symptoms for the rest of their lives even after they have undergone menopause. We have heard about the most popular symptoms which consist of hot flashes, irregular periods, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido. And there is also a host of other rare menopause symptoms which do not affect most women.

The common perimenopause symptoms are as follows: tenderness of the breasts, worsening of premenstrual syndrome, irregular periods, decrease in sex drive, discomfort during sexual intercourse due to the onset of vaginal dryness, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping, persistent mood swings, hot flashes, urinary incontinence and sometimes urine leakage when coughing or sneezing, gradual weight gain, dryness of hair and skin, and loss of bone density. On top of the perimenopause symptoms, the following are menopause-specific symptoms: depression, irritability, migraine headaches, joint and muscle aches, and palpitations or racing heart.

For more detailed and updated information about symptoms and natural remedies for dealing with perimenopause and menopause symptoms, visit PerimenopauseAnswers.com

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