Everything Menopause: The Short Course

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Unlike when my friend, Dee Adams of Minnie Pauz fame, began writing about the Big M over 16 years ago, a plethora of menopause sites are to be found on the web. This is good and this is bad.

Good – lots of information is available at your fingertips
. We are actually learning daily about this journey and how to travel it with grace and coolness.

Bad – it’s confusing, contradictory, and occasionally there is more selling going on than informing.

Emman Sioco of everythingmenopause.com writes a guest post for us this week,
distilling a few essential truths about the menopause journey. For more info on any of these topics, (HRT, exercise, etc.) just type it into the Search box here on Menopause Goddess Blog to get our longer, less politically correct take on it.

And if the Search box gets cranky and doesn’t like the search words you picked? Write us by clicking the contact us button on the left margin of the home page and we’ll get you the links to the appropriate articles.

(I personally think the Search box is related to Google by marriage or something and she is capricious at times. HRT info? Why didn’t you say so? You should have typed in Hormone Replacement Therapy, then I would have honored your request.)

At any rate, please enjoy our guest blogger, Emman Sioco, of everythingmenopause.com

“All about Menopause

“With menopause, each woman is very different.  While there are some rough guidelines and symptoms you can read, the symptoms of each menopausal woman will be entirely different from the next.  Some women blow through menopause without a single symptom, while others have every symptom in the book and maybe some others too.

When you understand that each woman is different, you will understand that what worked for your sister or best friend, may not work for you.  While this can be frustrating these are the facts and there are some resources you can use to help you get through this tough time and maybe even laugh about it along the way.

Exercise can help with some of the symptoms of menopause.  Tiredness is a common symptom of menopause and when you exercise each day your body will release endorphins.  This can help you to get through the rest of your day feeling energized.
When you exercise you are likely to eat better and this can help to feel better and have more energy.  There are many foods out there that are loaded with anti oxidants and this can give you more strength and stamina to get through each day.

Hormone replacement therapy is something that many women try at some point.  If your symptoms are severe, HRT may really help.  You should never give up on your personal hormone replacement therapy program too quickly. It can take 2-3 weeks for you to really see if this can help.  You do not have to simply deal with menopause and you can take your life back.

If you have tried HRT and a particular type did not work for you, it can be worth it to give another type of hormone replacement therapy a try.  Natural symptom relief is something that has made leaps and bounds.  There are some great natural remedies that boast less risk and can be very helpful in relieving some of the most common symptoms.

Your girlfriends can be your partners in this journey.  It is likely that someone in your group of friends is experiencing menopausal symptoms and this can be a wonderful way to exchange stories.  You can also talk to these friends about treatments that have worked.

Getting through menopause is one of the most accomplished things that you may do.  Menopause does not have to take over your life and there are some ways that you can take control of your symptoms.”

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5 Responses to Everything Menopause: The Short Course

  1. Kimberly February 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Relieved to see the excerpt from “Sharon, age 47″ on the linked page, since I have been have just begun experiencing similar sudden, out-of-control emotions. Just when I am beginning to think I am losing my mind, it helps to be reminded that I’m not alone. Now, if someone could just explain to my notso compassionate boyfriend that this dissolving into tears at the drop of a hat will eventually pass…!

  2. TC Caldwell February 22, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Love your blog. Very well written site about menopause, or as my husband likes to call it “mini-paws” as chuckles then grabs my hands and says ” You don’t look like you have mini-paws.” He’s a great guy with a good sense of humor and has been putting up with my menopause for about 2 years now. Thanks for sharing all the info 🙂

  3. Kay February 24, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    My mom, is not a computer savvy, and she’s worried that she’s now on her M Stage but doesn’t know it. I told her to check out the net for some answers and compare each one. Because you are right with the “bad” plus they don’t can’t about the person searching for an answer at all.

  4. Robyn Michele Levy February 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    I’m thinking of inventing an actual pause button – so that we ladies of the plight might gain control of when and where we have our hot flashes. I’ll let you know when I’ve perfected it.
    Love your blog,
    Robyn

  5. Lynette Sheppard February 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    thanks girlfriends! Robyn, I can’t wait for the Pause button – I’m actually flashing right now, sheesh! And TC, it is amazing how many men I find read my blog – because they want to help and understand. (Well, as Kimberly points out, not all of them, yet. Still, we can hope and inform them.) After all, it’s happening to us AND to everyone around us – collateral damage and all that. Stay cool!

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