Periods, Puberty and Products - Always!

As anyone who has ever read my bio knows, I am a registered nurse, a women’s health expert and am part of the’s expert team.  As a member of the expert team, I personally respond to hundreds of questions and concerns a month from teens, young adults and some women about their menstrual and reproductive health.  ...more
@Laine Griffin Hi Laine and thanks!  Would love to know what you think!more

Talking to Your Daughter About Periods and Puberty

 An encouragement to start talking to your soon to be teen - regularly!...more
 @JourneyofLife Good for you!!  Now, you are the lucky mom who will have a daughter talk to her ...more

A Video Post: Almost Live But Certainly In Person

I have been having a hard time deciding what to write about and decided to do a video of myself talking my post instead of writing it.  While preparing, I tried on several different tops talked into the camera numerous times, fumbled on my words and deleted many editions and then said enough.  Below is the version I decided to post – not perfect, but it is me and I am not either.    ...more
 @motherofnine9 Fortunately, my husband fixes things - or at least tries.  If he can't then it ...more

What are the Real Questions About Puberty, Periods and Products Teens Have

No doubt that many moms & dads, along with their daughters, have or had questions about puberty, periods and the menstrual protection products that would be best for them to use.   One thing that I have learned over the years is that the questions that teens have can be different from the concerns or issues that their parents think they have.  Sometimes when parents talk to their daughters and think they have addressed their questions, they haven't.  Sorry about that reality, since many of us do our best to impart info to our kids to help make their lives easier.&nbs...more
@elaineR.N. They do! I feel so filled in my heart to know that my two daughters, and my son, ...more

No, It's NOT That Time of The Month...Put The Milk In The Fridge!!!

  I wake up on this drizzly, cool morning and peruse through my usual news/celeb gossip/social networking sites, and I stumble across something interesting.  Very interesting indeed.  And I am MORE than grateful that I am currently not going through PMS at this moment. ...more

Teens, Tampax, Swimming and MOMS

This is the time of year that many teen girls consider using tampons for the first time because they want to swim with their friends, and do more types of other outdoor water activities, such as boating, water skiing, water tubing, canoeing, kayaking, water parks, etc.   ...more

Mother's Day

I was thinking the other day of moments spent with my mom because there have been plenty and I can't count how many times my mom has been the light in the crowd that stood out to me, well at my graduation for instance. Usually it seems like her hand is two feet tall, waving loud and clear in a sea of onlookers in a crowd of people for an event for me or my brother....more

Perimenopause: OR, lost in the middle of nowhere!

This column is dedicated to my wonderful friend Tina.  When were talking recently, I shared with her that I was now blogging about women’s health issues.   She suggested that I write about perimenopause and how it just doesn’t come at a convenient time.  Tina is in her late 30s, has children, a husband, and a career that keeps her very busy.   She thought that her late 30s, when her pregnancies were a thing of the past, would be a time when she didn’t have to worry about period or body changes and that her focus would not be on her physical being every month.&n...more

Stress and Periods: Life Happens and So Does Its Impact

Our body is this complex hormone driven system of cause, release and resulting action.   I was going to say something like:  “said more simply”.     However, there is nothing simple about the menstrual cycle and how it happens with regularity every month.  In fact (and I swear this is true), every time I read about hormone secretions that happen over the month to regulate the various aspects of normal body functioning, I am totally amazed that anyone has a “normal” 28-day cycle.  ...more