Wait. Before you move past this resource, consider the following:
Perimenopause and menopause can cause discomfort and stress, leading some women to seek relief through painkillers or alcohol. Self-medication during this stage increases the risk of substance abuse and addiction. Women using drugs or alcohol to alleviate mental distress or insomnia during menopause put themselves at further risk. Women having had previous substance abuse issues may see an increase in usage due to new mood swings and symptoms. This resource offers invaluable information and services to all women going through this stage in their lives.
This is all too true – and even though we joked about the amount of wine in the fridge at our first Menopause Goddess meetings, the fact is that our group itself was the real remedy. Over time, we just didn’t want the alcohol – rather we wanted our time together. Tea worked just as well. (We still ate chocolate, though.)
Find out more on their website: Bright Futures
The folks at Lanier Law firm share with us some in-depth information helpful to all menopause goddesses. Check it out here: Women’s Health Issues
Life Line Screening, mobile testing to screen for multiple conditions for one low price. They perform a series of non-invasive tests that check for cardiovascular conditions such as carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation, and peripheral vascular disease.
And they can even add on blood testing if you wish. You can then share this data with your MD or trusted health practitioner. This is SO much better than doing all the tests piecemeal with multiple appointments.
But I have no symptoms, you say. Right. But a number of these conditions may not show symptoms until it is too late.
Life Line Screening can also check for kidney or liver disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
Would I do it? You bet! Alas, right now they are not in Hawaii, but as soon as I get back to the mainland this summer, you can bet I will schedule myself. Am I nervous that something might show up? Sure. But far better to know and to take action if need be than to wait for a potential health crisis. Put on those Big Girl Panties and find out.
Here are just a few of our favorite resources, helpers, websites and more that we have found helpful along the menopausal and midlife path. There’s probably hundreds more that you, our sister goddesses, can share with all of us. No guarantees, warranties, or studies to substantiate our claims. These are just things that we personally found helpful or worked for us. More resources can be viewed through the Marketplace.
Fitbay shares a wealth of information on natural remedies and solutions for health, particularly on the blog. A number of supplements are sold on the site – we can’t comment on them as we haven’t tried them. This site is a truly helpful resource and we’ve already determined to try some of the ideas presented in the blog such as: 10 Natural Ways to Sleep Better and Pill Free Ways to Lower Your High Blood Pressure
Drugwatch covers topics for women such as aging, sexual health, dangerous drugs and medical devices. It’s helpful to educate yourself re: the risks and benefits of any treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your health care practitioners and be actively involved in any decision making. Check out drugs and devices here and do your due diligence.
Women in Balance is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting women’s hormonal health. Their website features detailed information about symptoms and help. They offer educational conferences across the country to assist women in learning about their options and choices in hormone health.
I highly recommend their “Find A Health Care Provider” for finding a practitioner near you and they now have the largest online Directory of Health Care Providers specializing in bioidentical hormones.
Sign up for their free newsletter, which features our own Menopause Goddess Blog. This is my favorite resource for women’s hormonal health because they are a non-profit and not beholden to any pharmaceutical or other organization. They can tell it like it is. And do.
Visit them and learn more at Womeninbalance.org .
The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (formerly American Holistic Medical Assn.) is another great non-profit dedicated to inclusive treatment using complementary and integrative medical practices. I used to be a member of the affiliate organization “American Holistic Nurses Association”. The focus is on the whole individual and stresses healing partnership between practitioner and consumer.
Like Women In Balance, AIHM has a practitioner finder to help you find a healing partner in your geographical area. You can find practitioners in a multitude of areas in addition to women’s health.
To give you an idea of the Academy’s philosophy, here are their Vision and Mission Statements:
The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine is dedicated to engaging a global community of health professionals and health seekers in innovative education, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, research and advocacy that embraces all global healing traditions, to promote the creation of health and the delivery of evidence-informed comprehensive, affordable, sustainable person-centered care.
We envision a world where humanity and the planet are healthy.
We, too, have a dream.
Where healthcare is about health and available to all.
Where prevention is our foundation and mechanical fixes are embraced when we need them.
Where all healthcare providers work collaboratively to heal body, mind and spirit.
Where sustainability is integrated into our culture, practice and training.
Working together to establish a new paradigm of health care for humanity and the planet.
We are the solution.
For more information or to find a holistic medical practitioner, visit the AIHM Website.
Dee Adams is a true menopause pioneer. 16 years ago, she began drawing her cartoon character “Minnie Pauz” to offer humor and support for the menopause journey. Sign up to get her free newsletter and order her book of cartoons on her website at MinniePauz.com