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  1. When Hormones Change your Shape

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    Article by Dr Ravi Jain The menopause and the associated symptoms varies enormously from woman to woman – however, most women find that the change in hormones also means a change in shape.      The waist can vanish as fatty deposits settle around the middle.  That pert derriere suddenly descends to a lower level and seems to have attracted a softer, flabbier consistency.  Trousers that used to fit perfectly around the thighs now strain the seams.Dedicated dieting doesn’t seem to be having much effect – except perhaps that the bits that haven’t attracted excess ‘flab’ have become scrawnier looking!  Is that it?  Are you destined lose your elegant silhouette and you just have to put up with it? Fortunately, the answer is ‘no way’ – there’s plenty that you can do. It takes a little...
  2. Calm your Inner Sumo during Menopause

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    Article by Ellen Sarver Dolgen Most women spend their teenage years and their 20’s going through a stage of self-discovery.  Ironically enough, when we enter perimenopause and menopause, that stage comes back – with a vengeance! Calming the Inner Sumo So many times I felt alone during perimenopause and menopause (I call it PM&M), except, of course for the SUMO wrestler in my head.  You might have one too. He’s that big, scary guy, telling me horrible things, like; “You’re getting old and wrinkled”, “You’re not smart anymore” and “You’re already fat, so you might as well finish all that cookie dough and skip baking the cookies.” In the end, my perimenopause and menopause journey actually taught me to look at some of the dysfunctional relationships in my life – like the one I had with...
  3. Preventing Divorce During Menopause

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    By Ellen Sarver Dolgen Women often find themselves divorced at the same time they’re going through perimenopause and menopause. Why?  Well, while there is never one reason for the breakup of a relationship, it is safe to say that the challenges of perimenopause and menopause can put a tremendous strain on a couple. Relationship strain during menopause It’s so important for our loved ones (especially our spouses) to know when the perimenopause and menopause storm hits and what it’s all about. If the woman herself is overwhelmed, confused, and feeling isolated with her perimenopause and menopause experience, this alone can lead to incredible relationship strain. It doesn’t take long for communication to break down and silence and confusion to take over. One of the biggest issues couples face during perimenopause and menopause...
  4. How Do You Get Hot?- Quick Guide to Menopausal Hot Flushes

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    Article By Ellen Sarver Dolgen Have you ever had a hot flush at just the wrong moment? Maybe you’re having coffee with your girlfriend and all of a sudden you burst out into a fit of heat and sweat. Hot Flush Symptoms It can be strange, uncomfortable, and downright embarrassing! Don’t worry, you are not alone! Most women experience hot flush symptoms during perimenopause and menopause; however, knowing this fact does not make the experience any more enjoyable. As we enter our 40’s and 50’s (sometimes even our late 30’s), estrogen levels decrease and your estrogen/progesterone balance changes, which are typically thought to be the causes of hot flush symptoms — aka annoying bouts of extreme heat! Every woman will experience different perimenopause and menopause symptoms and recognizing how hot flushes affect...
  5. Using Natural Therapies to deal with the Menopause

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    Article  By Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD  There are two views of the menopause – one that is a natural event and the other that it is a hormone deficiency disease.  If it is taken that the menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life then it is something that the body can cope with perfectly well if given the chance.   Symptoms of the menopause Not all women have a miserable time during the menopause.  Symptoms can vary and some women sail through.  While others can experiences such extreme night sweats that they have to get up to change their night clothes two or three times a night. Symptoms of the menopause can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, declining libido, osteoporosis, ageing skin, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches and changes in hair quality. Hormone...
  6. Dealing With The Menopause

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    Article by Dr Carol Cooper Hot flushes, night sweats, aches and pains, insomnia, thinning hair, feeling low, painful sex, difficulty concentrating – just reading a list of menopause symptoms can make you feel you’re losing your marbles. Luckily, many symptoms are short-lived. Even better, there’s a lot you can do to help yourself. Hot flushes and night sweats Hot flushes and night sweats have the same basic cause – the blood vessels beneath the skin don’t function properly when oestrogen levels start plummeting. In fact flushes and night sweats can start 3-4 years before the last period, when hormone levels begin to drop. Night sweats can be a messy drenching business, demanding a change in bed-linen and ruining a decent night’s sleep. Try to sleep...
  7. Tips for younger, sexier looking hair during the Menopause

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    Article by Denise McAdam It is impossible to understand the importance of human hair without appreciating its sexual role – there is a vital link between sexuality and hair. We use it to draw attention to ourselves, to attract and entice, to flaunt and seduce. Hair is one of the single most important parts of our anatomy affecting our psyche.  Menopause and Hair Our hair can make our day or ruin it, make us elated or feel incredibly miserable. Some of us will take more care of it, spend more time on it and nurture it more than any other part of our body. Our anxiety about it is often beyond belief. We can love it and caress it, loathe it and curse it, but...
  8. Hormones Don’t Have to Be Hell

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      Article by Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill You may be a woman who knows how much hell your hormones can wreak, or, you might be one of the lucky few who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about – but either way learning a bit more about your hormones is a wise investment of your time. A Few Myths Dispelled 1. Hormones are women’s problems – When you consider that hormone health affects men and women in areas such as: weight management, heart disease, immunity, bone health, energy levels as well as areas such as depression and anxiety, you begin to realise that hormone health is fundamental for both sexes. 2. A prescription for HRT will sort out any menopausal problems – There has been a great deal of information in the media and filtering through family doctors about the risks of HRT and I’m...
  9. Menopausal Madness

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    Article by Fabafterfifty

    Who can better define the madness of the menopause  than the classic ‘Golden Girls’. I came across this clip on YouTube and just had to share! Enjoy!!

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