What They Don't Tell You About Menopause.

 Yesterday I went to the Haskell with my best friend.  We go every year.  She’s into horse racing, I’m not.  She goes to all the big races around the country.  I go once a year to Monmouth Park for the Haskell.  I make $2 bets, picking horses because they’re pretty or I like their names.  Between races we go to the paddock to see the horses.  It’s a fun day....more

Does This Address Make My Butt Look Fat?

I moved to Los Angeles under duress.I had some misgivings about LA. For one, I’d thought it was practically mandatory that transplants drop 10 pounds — I worried that I’d need to present a Weight Watchers’ certificate and my out-of-state license to the DMV before they’d issue a valid California ID.But LA was the place to be for the work I wanted to do. My NYC friends recited the mantra, “You’ll love the weather — it’s fantastic!” And I thought, “Hmmph, damned by faint praise.” Plus I was pretty sure I’d have to invest in a lot of lululemon attire....more

Night Sweats – Is it Hot in Here or is it Just Me?

Night sweats, the nocturnal cousin of hot flashes, are uncomfortable, disrupt your sleep and will be experienced by as many as 75% of perimenopausal and menopausal women....more

The Anatomy of Hot Flashes

Hot flashes – what are they and what causes them?While nobody actually knows the mechanism for a hot flash, we do know that there is an area in the brain called the hypothalamus that regulates body temperature. For whatever reason, during the transition through perimenopause and menopause, the hypothalamus sends signals that cause women to get hot. It starts out as an ascending flush in the chest, goes up the neck, into the face and turns your face red. There is no rhyme or reason as to which woman will have a mild flash and which woman will have a severe one....more

The Female Sex Hormones – Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone

Estrogen promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs. It also affects practically every tissue in a woman’s body, including the heart, brain, bones, eyes, skin, colon and so forth. Fluctuating and ultimately reduced levels of estrogen can result in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, irregular bleeding, bone loss and heart disease. Estrogen replacement therapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of menopausal symptoms....more

Menopause – What to do When Sex is Painful

More than 60% of women in their fifties and sixties are sexually active, and they can face sexual health challenges due to menopause. One of the most important issues is called postmenopausal vaginal atrophy or more commonly, vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful sex. This is due to the physiological changes of menopause and the loss of estrogen. Nothing reduces libido more than painful sex!...more

What are the health issues specific to women over 40?

It’s really important for women in their 40’s to start getting the correct information as they enter perimenopause and move toward menopause. The reason it’s so important is because menopause is a time when women start facing some significant health issues like heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer, among others. Perimenopause gives women an opportunity to start making better health decisions and lifestyle choices which will definitely impact the rest of their lives for the better....more

Menopause is my new Best Friend!

I was born a woman, and have always been comfortable as a woman.  There are many ways to be a woman, and declare your "womanhood".  Some women follow societal norms and portray themselves in the way that society and the media desires them to be, which is "feminine", "womanly", "compassionate", "Nurturing", and in most cases heterosexual.  Some women choose to be the antithesis of what the "norms" tell us to be, and portray themselves as "masculine", "Butch", "hard", "lesbian", and some women fall somewhere along the spectrum of these two.  Some women were born with male ...more

How do I find a menopause expert?

Perimenopause and menopause are very confusing times, so it is very important to find the right menopause expert to help you make the best health and wellness decisions for you.It is time to graduate from your beloved obstetrician’s office and find an expert in midlife women’s health. You already know this, I am sure. Being in an office with young, pregnant women is simply not the place for you any longer....more

Perimenopause and Menopause

Each woman’s menopause experience is different. What is important to remember is that menopause is a normal, natural event – not a disease! It is defined as the final menstrual period and is usually confirmed when a woman has missed her menstrual cycle for 12 months in a row What that means is that our ovaries are done doing their job of making estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. We should all thank our ovaries for their excellent service!...more