Calcium Supplements: Do They Help or Harm?

Everyone seems to be confused about the benefits and risks of calcium supplementation for menopausal women. So let’s straighten this out once and for all....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

Colorado Senators Kill National Award Winning Family Planning Program

Anyone who knows me is well aware that one of the easiest ways to make me angry is to politicize women’s health care. And the Colorado Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee has done just that....more

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. ...more
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Leave Doctor Google in the Waiting Room - 10 Reasons Why

 1) Doctor Google doesn’t know you: can’t see you, can’t hear your story, can’t smell you, and can’t touch you. It doesn’t have intuition or gut feelings about you....more

5 Things Women Should Know for Brain Awareness Week

It's Brain Awareness Week (BAW) from March 16-22 so I thought I'd share 5 of the most interesting brain-related facts that I think women would want to know.1. ADHD manifests differently in girls. While boys tend to have the hyperactive or combined patterns of attention struggles, girls tend to follow the inattentive pattern. Mental and physical exercise seems to protect the elderly from cognitive decline.

What Vaginal Steam Baths Are Really Like: An OB/GYN Weighs In

You gotta love Gwyneth Paltrow. She's always so ahead of the curve when it comes to things like cooking. And conscious uncoupling. And parenting. And vaginal steam baths. ...more
Currently steaming at home as I type, haha. I put some lavender oil in my humidifier, placed it ...more