Your body changes when going through menopause. From hot flashes to incontinence, vaginal dryness and even spotting, your body is likely experiencing some level of discomfort. There are a variety of medicinal solutions that can help combat some of these symptoms, but you shouldn’t forget about all of the ancillary ways you can increase your overall comfort as you experience menopause, most notably being your underwear.
Whew. We can take a deep breath now. We made it through the holiday season. 2022 is a new year. A new start.
And if it feels like a reprise of the last couple of years? Omicron, zoom meetings, masks and sanitizer, uncertainty. It’s normal to feel fatigued by it all. I know I do. And I have a prescription for all of us. Be gentle with yourself.
’Tis the season. This Christmas/Hannukah and the holiday last year pegged the stress meter well into the red zone for most of us. So this holiday season, the most important gift is to yourself. Make a list of what might be enough – enough to make the season festive for you and yours without excess stress.
Right now, I want to alert you all that Beth Learn of Fit2B Studio is once again offering her free webinar: 5 Ways to Manage Your Moods and Hormones during Menopause. I participated in August and just loved it. Beth shares advice about dietary changes, overlooked fitness areas, the role of hormones in sleep, and the power of ‘having fun’ during menopause. (Fun? yes Fun!)
We sometimes focus on the difficult and alarming changes, for good reason. We want help and we want it now. But when the change tornado eases off to a gentle breeze, we find that there are positive changes.
The many wellness benefits of orgasm for women have been documented in recent studies. Regular orgasms lead to stress reduction, better sleep, a stronger pelvic floor, enhanced immunity, even improved cardiovascular health. Mystery Vibe devices are geared to facilitate sexual health and wellness at every life stage. Including menopause and the climacteric.
Sleep is literally the superfood that has the most impact. The true nectar of life. The super fuel you need. Frankly, this is where the magic happens.
With the decline of vital hormones during menopause, sleep disturbances are very common. With the vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and the load of stress, it can take much of the joy and ease out of transitioning into menopause.
I can’t say enough how much I recommend the Mastering Menopause Bundle. Loads of great stuff for those who are in perimenopause and menopause – but also for those who consider ourselves post-menopausal. Wonderful offerings to help us sleep better, nutrition tips, exercise options (like belly-dancing – how great is that?!)
The Mastering Menopause Bundle is available from Monday August 9 – Friday, August 13. It’s a ton of menopause (and peri and post-menopause) resources.
free webinar called 5 Ways to Manage Your Moods and Hormones during Menopause. The webinar is being offered at two times for your convenience: Thursday, August 5 at 11 am EDT and Friday Aug 6 at 7 pm EDT.
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So how many steps should we realistically aim for? How many steps will confer positive health benefits? And is more really better? Thanks to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we finally have some answers.
Enjoy this hilarious, professional parody of Bohemian Rhapsody – sung especially for menopausal women. We need to laugh – because if we don’t, we will cry for a very long time.
The minute Nancy Bos told me about hormonal voice changes during ad post-menopause, I said to myself “well duh!”. It was obvious the minute she said it, though I’d never thought or heard about it before that moment. Sure, aging may come with voice changes but all we have to do is remember the voice changes that occur during puberty to know that hormones affect the voice too.
I’m so excited that K E Garland has launched her new site called Navigating the Change. She is a wordsmith, so I’ll let her tell you about it in her own words. Read on below – and be sure to subscribe to her site.
Navigating the Change: A Curated Blog for Women 35 and Older
Helen Stewart is a sister menopause goddess from Down Under. She has authored a wonderful novel about menopause – and support: Phoebe McKinley and the Menopause Support Group. Helen’s characters are quirky and real. They are beset by all manner of menopausal maladies while they try to cope with life.
You’ve heard the stories about hot flashes, night sweats, and irritability (maybe you’ve even experienced them yourself), but did you know hair loss can be a symptom of menopause as well?
I was delighted to receive this humorous poem in my inbox the other day – and the author has given me permission to share it. Enjoy – I sure did!
Hot Flash, (Hot Stuff NOT)
by Elizabeth Boquet
The award-winning FDA approved Kegelbell lets you do a “Super Kegel” by adding weight resistance to the exercise. And you can use it just three times a week for five minutes. You can even use it in the shower – make it part of your routine and voila – less bladder leakage, more of your own vaginal lubrication, and a revitalized sex life.
All of us will be called upon to care for loved ones at some point. I’ve learned a lot from putting on my caregiver hat, and I’m still learning. Here’s what I know so far.
Many of us have put off preventative testing and screening during the Covid 19 pandemic. And I get it! I skipped a dental cleaning and my mammogram. And my in-person physical last year. But it’s not a good idea to put screening off indefinitely. Enter Life Line Screening, mobile testing to screen for multiple conditions for one low price.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I believe we should never wash our lady parts with soap or harsh anything. And you also know that I am a huge proponent of natural products, products without harmful additives or unpronounceable ingredients.
The folks at VeeFresh let me try their new VeeGentle pH balanced vaginal wash. And I love it. And they have more!
It’s been almost two months since I posted about decreasing our stress this Christmas. And it was peaceful for us through Christmas Day. On December 26, the stress meter pegged the needle in the red zone.
Here’s what happened and why I haven’t posted in a while:
She felt that her holiday was actually a prescription to decrease her stress this year. We have hope. We have light. Covid 19 vaccinations started today. This is shaping up to be a very meaningful holiday. Enjoy yours as you can. Stay safe. Be well. Love one another.
If you are a woman 40 years of age or older, now’s the time to educate and prepare yourself. I’m not kidding about this. Many women suffer worse symptoms during perimenopause, the supposed lead-up event, than they experience at or after menopause.
I’ve often wondered how to start the conversation. Along came Heather Wright with her book What’s Happening to Me Now? Subtitle: The Facts of Life, As A Woman in your 40s (Straight Talk About Perimenopause).
Enjoy Part III of my interview with Evernow CEO, Alicia Jackson. As I mentioned in the previous posts — this is the future of healthcare for menopausal women. Read on for more on this revolutionary telehealth option.
Name a New Product and Win $500. This is a terrific opportunity – both for some natural healing and some cash just in time for the holidays. A win-win for Menopause Goddesses.
As promised, here is Part II of my interview with Evernow CEO, Alicia Jackson. As I mentioned in the previous post – this is the future of healthcare for menopausal women. Read on for more on this revolutionary telehealth option.
I am so excited to tell you all about a new telehealth company focused on treating and supporting menopausal women. I had a chance to talk with CEO and founder, Alicia Jackson, about Evernow, what it is, how it came to be, and their vision for redefining women’s health. I’ll post our interview in three parts here on the blog. This is the future of women’s health.
Most of you know that I am passionate about research on menopause. So it is with great pleasure that I share this request for volunteers to help with the difficult symptoms of insomnia and sleep problems.
Koldtec makes a cooling towel and bamboo masks. During October, Koldtec is offering our readers $10 off anything in their cart – just use the code: OCTSAVE10 when you check out. For more info or to order, click here: Koldtec.
Experts Hillary Wright and Elizabeth Ward have a new book out called The Menopause Diet Plan, A Natural Guide to Managing Hormones, Health, and Happiness. Not only are the authors registered dietitians, but they are menopausal women. Women sharing wisdom, with the science to back it up.
September is Menopause Awareness Month – and to celebrate, we have a special guest post from Angela Verges. She is one of my favorite menopause goddesses. I love her humor – she knows that if we don’t laugh, we might just cry for the better part of forever. Speaking of which, you will love her book: Menopause Ain’t No Joke. Details on a special offer at the end of the post. Enjoy this offering!
Our friends at Fifty One Apparel have terrific cool clothing, designed for Menopause Goddesses. Using technology developed by NASA, their clothing collections offer daywear, lounge wear, sleepwear, and more. I tried some of their clothes a while back and loved them.
Enjoy this guest post by Jackie Lynch. I have definitely found that eating well has helped immensely through the challenges of menopause. Here are some helpful hints to ease you into beating those menopause blues through diet.
Wow. It’s hard enough to be going through menopause in the best of times. In these uncertain times of the pandemic, our stress levels may be pegging the needle into the red zone. But we can help ourselves. Enjoy this common sense, helpful approach to reducing stress in this guest blog by Isabella Lovett.
Amy Schmidt’s new book, Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond helps us to draw on inner reserves of courage as we face the changes wrought by menopause and midlife. She explains in her guest post below – enjoy!
Menopause Goddess Blog receives loads of letters from women suffering various symptoms and difficulties during the menopause transition. There is truly nothing worse than the feeling of isolation, of going through it alone. Read it and please let her know she is not alone – we get through this together.
The terrific folks at Hello Again Products sent me samples of their natural remedy for perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Their vaginal suppositories contain herbal supplements with CBD (cannabinoids) and help with symptoms such as vaginal dryness, insomnia, hot flashes, mood changes, and more.
Debbie Edwards shares a great opportunity for women going through perimenopause and menopause – her 4 week course is FREE in the beta version – but hurry to sign up – it starts Monday, July 27. Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/2OsEUKs
I recently had the pleasure of talking about menopause issues with Femality Health. It’s truly gratifying to see the groundswell of menopause and natural health sites and information available to us now. Be sure and check out the interview here: Femality Health Menopause Diaries.
CBD (cannabidiol) has been found to help with a number of menopause symptoms (and some post-menopausal ones as well.) Joy Smith and her family founded JOY Organics after Joy experienced her first relief of menopause symptoms and joint pain from CBD
Joint pain, mood swings, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and genitourinary problems are just some of the difficulties that CBD can address.
A Spice kit helps with (read is essential for) vaginal and genitourinary health. It features a kegel exerciser, lubricant, biodegradable cleansing wipe, and a lovely satin bag to keep it in. This easy to use kit not only helps re-tone and thus remoisten your vagina, it helps keep your genitourinary system healthy and strong. Nearly all women of perimenopausal, menopausal, and post menopausal age need this.
Heather Wardell’s newest novel, The Menopause Support Group is the perfect anytime read. The women in The Menopause Support Group could be our friends. They suffer from myriad symptoms – like all of us. Physical, emotional, mental. All while trying to continue to work, love, and live.
it was with great joy that I opened an email from Healthline Media containing links to articles about demystifying Medicare. I get to share the info they painstakingly compiled with you (and me, woo hoo.) I feel better already!
Jennifer Harrington has written what I consider to be the MOST helpful, needed resource for perimenopausal and menopausal women. The title says it all: From Invisible to Invincible. The subtitle is accurate: The Natural Menopause Revolution.
So I am thrilled to announce that it is available to stream online for a limited time – and Menopause Goddess Blog has partnered with GFour Productions to get this perennial favorite to you.
It seems that baking is a form of mindfulness meditation and can decrease anxiety by requiring us to be fully present. Psychologists have studied the phenomenon and found that blood flow is shunted away from the amygdala (our anxiety and emotion center) to our prefrontal cortex. Our fear is lessened and we are calmer.
Recently, the Nurse’s Health Study contacted us participants and asked us to use a new symptom tracking app to help understand where Covid 19 is lurking. They also encouraged us to share it with family and friends for download. You do not have to be a health professional. The more people that use the app, the more we know about the virus and its prevalence.