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What is Menopause?

What Is Menopause?

MENOPAUSE. You’ve heard the word. Maybe your mother whispered it in passing. You saw that commercial, you know the one, where two mature women wearing sensible shoes and drinking iced tea leaned in closely and whispered it. Menopause. It was listed on a sign at your gyno’s office, a medical condition you didn’t have to…

How Do I Know Which Stage of Menopause I’m In?

Remember the fun of puberty, when some changes seemed gradual and others just showed up out of nowhere? Well, the fun is coming again, because menopause can be like that, too. And just like puberty, menopause’s unpredictability can last for quite a while. If puberty were a blockbuster film, menopause would be titled Puberty 2:…


Will I Experience Sexual Changes During Menopause?

Sex used to be so simple. Maybe all it took between you and your partner was a simple code word, back scratch, or booty squeeze to show you were in the mood. Now that you’re less worried about checking into the Red Roof Inn, getting pregnant, and having kids walk in on you (yikes!), you’d…

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The 10 Most Common Menopause Symptoms

One month, your period comes and goes like it always does. The next day, you lay out the welcome mat for Aunt Flo, but she’s late. And then, she’s even later. You check your calendar. You check it again. As you make your afternoon lunch, you ponder: Have you gotten the date wrong? Have you…


Must-Buy Menopause Products

Do one Google search for “the best must-buy menopause products” and I’m sure you’ll want to pack a bag and take a hike out of Menopause town. There are many products out there that claim to address menopause and associated symptoms. As is the case with all product lines, some menopause products are better than…


What Are the Pros and Cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause?

If you’ve talked with anyone about the Big Change, especially your doctor, the subject of hormone replacement therapy for menopause was probably one of the first things that came up. Why? Because replacing your depleting hormones can be a great way to tell your menopausal symptoms who’s boss. If, however, you’ve looked into these types…




Am I Crazy or Is It Just Menopause Mood Swings?

Ah, the teenage years. You’re wide-eyed and full of hope. Then anger. Then confusion. Then hunger. Now, you’re irritated because the internet on your phone won’t load .57 seconds faster. Suddenly, you’re back to an even-keel, and ready to take on the world. Or, are you just ready for a nap?? Good thing the days…

Weight Gain during Menopause

Why Am I Gaining Weight During Menopause?

As if hot flashes, night sweats, and unpredictable visits from Aunt Flo aren’t enough, now we have to worry about gaining weight?! I mean, geez … haven’t our beautiful bodies been through enough? Thanks to the wonderful hormonal changes of menopause, you are bound to see a few extra lbs on the scale. The good news…


8 Ways to Not Let Menopause Rule Your Life

The hot flashes, the night sweats, the constant battle with the scale … yes, menopause can be all sorts of rude. And, that’s being kind. Day in and day out, you’re asking yourself: When am I going to get hit by a hot flash truck? When are my hormones going to send me on a…



What Are Hot Flashes and How Do I Treat Them?

You’re going about your day, crushing your to-do list, celebrating with a stop at Starbucks, and that’s when it hits you. You’re on fire from the inside out. As you pull up to order that double-espresso mocha frappuccino with extra whip, you’re tempted to ask the barista if you can plunge your head into the…

How Menopause Effects Sleep

How Menopause Affects Sleep

You go through your nightly routine, already feeling exhausted and ready to get a good night’s sleep. You crawl into bed, feeling like you’ll be the mayor of Sleep Town in no time. The next thing you know, you’re tossing and turning as you do the bedtime version of the Hokey Pokey! 🎵 You put…


How To Manage Night Sweats

Your eyes pop open. Without even raising your hand to feel your skin, you know your forehead is drenched in sweat. Your pillow is so soggy it feels like it went for a swim. Heck, so do you. No, you didn’t sleepwalk into a swimming pool, you’ve just had a full-blown hot flash! The frustrating…



What Aging Changes Can I Expect During Menopause?

Aging changes are no joke! But, if the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, then you’re in great shape. I mean, you experienced the (quite literal) ups and downs of puberty and you’re now able to look back and laugh. You made it through the reproductive years, either birthing babies, parenting them, and/or…

What Are the Stages of Menopause?

Did you know menopause involves multiple stages? No? Welp, you and the other 2 million people in the U.S. entering menopause this year are not alone! I’m here to bring the facts and bust the menopausal myths, so  that you get to relax. Well, as much as anyone can relax during mood swings, hot flashes,…

What Hormonal Changes Can I Expect During Menopause?

This post is brought to you by the letters “E” and “P.” Why? Because estrogen and progesterone are the primary hormones related to reproduction. As soon as the menopausal journey begins, our beautiful bodies undergo significant hormonal changes in the reproductive system. Think of that journey—and its effects on E and P—kind of like a…