Menopause Awareness Month I wonder why, when I read about menopause, the professionals always seem to talk about weight gain (Menopot), sleepless nights, mood swings, and…
Category: Hot Flash / Night Sweats
A User’s Guide to Restoring & Revitalizing Your Mojo, by Wendy Collett These days women have many roles – wife, mom, chef de cuisine,…
When I got married for the second time, my three children, my new husband, and I all
moved in together. In his first life he had all boys, so there was no talk about periods, PMS, ovulation, period cramps, etc. I have two girls and one boy. I was always very open with my children. We thought nothing of walking around in our underwear and certainly Danny was use to the girls speaking about their “time of the month.”
What a revelation for Milt; “where are the tampons?”; “Oye, I have such cramps,”; “Just to let you know I am really feeling bitchy today, I’m PMS-ing big time, so stay away!!!”; “I think I’m ovulating today!!” He would say that at any given time, one of us always seemed to have our periods.
Wendy Collett writes: For me, someone who found love relatively later in life, this Valentine’s Day is a celebration of where I have been as a person and as part of a couple, the changes both of us have undergone over the last 14 years since we met and a look at what the future may hold.
Congratulations Shawn Marie! Thank all of you who chose to join in our “Share Your Story Sweepstakes”. It was inspiring reading what you had to…
Many women can start to feel different in their late 30’s and 40’s, as they enter “peri”- menopause. Our bodies are starting to change. This progression can possibly last up to 10 years before one goes into full menopause. For me it was instantaneous. One day I had a period and the next month, it was gone. I was bombarded with all the difficult symptoms of menopause.
The Dr. Oz Show
This week I appeared on an episode, being taped, on The Dr. Oz show about Menopause. Bringing awareness to women about this period of time when our bodies are changing. As usual, the topic was “hot flashes” and “mood swings.” We were asked to share our funniest hot flash story. Out of the many women who were asked to be on the show, only 3 of them got to share their story (mine was not amongst the ones chosen); so I decided I would share it with you: I think it’s pretty funny.
Every morning by 8:30 a.m. (EST) I open my computer and scan the internet for my daily dose of the latest Menopause News. I love reading the articles, seeing the videos and hearing the shared stories. I have been one of the lucky ones to have several of my articles, as well as some of my guest bloggers published amongst them.
Today as I logged on, the first headline I read was “Seven natural remedies to combat and alleviate the unpleasant side effects of Menopause”, by HuffPost UK Lifestyles. To my surprise they listed hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and weight gain as the most common symptoms of menopause.
What’s wrong with this picture?!! Nowhere does it include vaginal dryness as a side effect. Ironically I was interviewed a while ago, by Huffington Post, about this very topic and how 1 out of 3 women are impacted by the debilitating condition of vaginal dryness. But it still doesn’t make “the list” .
Long gone are the turtleneck sweaters that I loved to wear. It has been 25 years since I started menopause and I still get those awful hot flashes; certainly not nearly as bad as they were when I first started menopause.
I could feel them coming on. It was like heat forming in the pit of my stomach. It would permeate from the inside out. I knew it would only last for a short while, but these bursts would return continuously throughout the day, at different intervals and almost always at night.
For those of you who are of the Jewish faith, this starts our New Year with Rosh Hashanah followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I reflect on my life from the past year and look forward to making a difference in the coming year. I feel very lucky to have both my parents, who are well into their mid and late 90’s, along with my children and grandchildren. We all celebrate together by breaking our 24 hour fast. I look around and truly feel blessed.
This morning, as always, I walked my adorable little dog Maxie, and noticed that the trees are now changing color. The days are shorter and the mornings are much cooler. With this change in weather comes a change in our skin. Less humidity makes my skin a little dry and itchy. The last thing I want to do is aggravate that by using soaps that contain high levels of Surfactant.
I am honored to Welcome Wendy Collett from Dry Babe as an Olga’s Secret Guest Blogger, take it away Wendy:
We women can be so many contradictory and wonderful things. We can be buttoned up
and professional as well as highly irreverent and silly; we can be a tireless support and an active helper to friends and family while also requiring quite a bit of alone time; we may also be the kind of person who can break out into dance in the middle of NYC while also inwardly cringing at the idea of doing so.