We recently took our first trip to the mainland to see family in two and a half years. Wow. So wonderful to reconnect. However, in that two and a half years, I had forgotten how and what to pack. There is so much stuff I need post-menopause just for maintenance. But then I started to muse on what I no longer need now that I am officially post-menopausal. And the list is pretty long.
Menopause messes with just about everything, including your mental acuity. Many goddesses report “brain fog” and being unable to think – including yours truly. Thankfully the worst of it only lasts a year or two. That said, as we age, we need to exercise our brain to keep it reasonably sharp.
Hello Menopause Goddesses. Sorry for the radio silence but I’ve been traveling for the first time in 2.5 years – and wow. Just wow.
Seeing friends, kids, and grandkids has just been rejuvenating. No, the pandemic isn’t over but I still feel like I’ve been freed from confinement.
Menopause and quarantine do not go together well, so stop a moment and congratulate yourselves on coming through this challenging time as well as you have.
Okay, well maybe I haven’t discovered the Fountain of Youth but I do feel younger. No, it’s not a new skin cream or makeup or facial toning exercise. It’s my eyes. My cataract surgery was a total success and I can now see far away, middle distance and close up.
For women in their late 40s and early 50s, hot flashes, weight gain, and mood swings may become a common occurrence. In addition, as a result of the end of your menstrual cycle and childbearing years, menopause may also impact your sex life.
While this may seem like your sex life is coming to an end, there are ways to have safe, fun, and pleasurable sex no matter your age. Follow along to learn more about improving your sex life after menopause.
I am so excited to share with you all a new project – Climacteria is a film project addressing just those themes with a scifi bent. The film is half-finished – a crowdfunding drive is being conducted to finish the movie and I am delighted to contribute and share. One caveat: this is not your mother’s menopause.
Are you going through the anxiously anticipated journey of menopause? If you are, remember that you are not alone and you have so much support behind you! Whether you have friends or family members that have been through it before or a supportive significant other, you have so many resources you can rely on. Your support group is there to help you prepare for the journey and go through it with you.
A while ago, I wrote about a health and fitness wearable that looks like a pretty bracelet – the Bellabeat Ivy. Right now, the Ivy is on sale for $50 off with code APRIL 50 – offer good while supplies last. Check it out on the Bellabeat website here.
Along with the myriad changes that happen during the menopause transition, there are also changes associated with aging. Wrinkles, aches and pains, dryness, just to mention a few. Several months ago, I began noticing the most lovely prismatic rainbows around lights at night. “Darn it,” I thought, “cataracts.”
Creativity blooms during menopause. And after. I’ve written about this before and it bears repeating. We become fertile in a new way, as we explore and delve into our artistic urges.
Looking for that special Valentine’s Day gift? Bellabeat has you covered with a wellness tracker that looks like jewelry! The Ivy sinks up to the Bellabeat app on your phone and you track your fitness, heart health, sleep, and more. For those of you in perimenopause and still having cycles, it tracks your menstrual patterns as well.
Enjoy this terrific guest post by award-winning sex educator Renée Denyer. Renée regularly offers advice to health professionals and provides comprehensive sex education and sex-positive workshops for women of all ages. Focusing on female empowerment, Renée offers one-to-one support and advice for women, supporting them on their journey into sexual wellness and pleasure with kindness and care.
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!