Saturday, January 30, 2010

Menopause is not a disease....

It's a LIFESTYLE! And I've got the button (or the shirt) that says so! :) I came up with this because so many women have asked me "when is it OVER with?" Well, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but you'd better get used to being CHANGED because you will be, forever.

Yes, you do get past the hot flashes and the mood swings. At least most women do, but we never go back to the way we were before menopause. Too many things have changed because of the level of estrogen being depleted.

I was watching Oprah the other day when Rosie O'Donnell was the guest and they were saying, "Why hasn't anybody TOLD us about what to expect (with menopause)?" Jeez, site has been online for over 10 years, where have you been?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Canadian writer is sick and tired....

Sick and tired of everyone blaming menopause for everything! I have to admit that seriously, she's right on the money, but from a humorous perspective I kind of enjoy blaming everything on menopause--even though I've been through it for many years!

Here's an excerpt from her article with a link to the entire piece. I hope you'll come back here and discuss it.

Use your brain and stop blaming your hormones
By Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald
Thanks, Colleen Walsh. It's not that you've set feminism back at least to pre-Betty Friedan days by partly blaming your air rage incident on menopause. Rather, you've set all women back by making us look like ditzes who are ruled by our hormones rather than by our heads. Walsh is clearly a disciple of the Christiane Northrup Progesterone-Made-Me-Do-It School of Thought, but more on that later.

Walsh, a former Toronto television broadcaster, was convicted of assault this week for an air rage incident on an Air Canada flight last March from London to Toronto, which was diverted to St. John's, N.L., due to a medical emergency on board. The sordid little scenario involved Walsh slapping another passenger, hence the assault conviction, and being found guilty under the Aeronautics Act of not obeying the flight crew's instructions to take her seat. She was ordered to pay $2,460 in fines and to remove nasty comments from her blog that she'd posted about the passenger she slapped.
Walsh blamed her behaviour in part on menopausal exhaustion. She said she took a pill as part of her hormone replacement therapy and was supposed to take another one soon; she'd also drunk two glasses of wine with her on-board meal, had taken a sleeping pill, hadn't slept in 30 hours and was in panic.

I'm sorry, but menopause does not cause women to breach the Aeronautics Act. By the same token, neither does the Aeronautics Act, which is a pretty dry and straightforward law, as statutes go, have an inciting effect on estrogen or progesterone levels.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More sex helps with menopause symptoms?

January 9, 2010

More sex is good for your health, studies have shown.

Now, a soon-to-be-published article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine details the health benefits, CNN reports.

The greatest benefits came from having more intercourse, rather than other types of sexual activity, Scottish researcher Stuart Brody said he found after reviewing decades of research.

Among the health benefits linked to frequent sex: longer life, a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, less risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer, pain relief, a slimmer build and fewer symptoms of menopause.

Uhhhhhh.....we need to talk about this. With so many women suffering with lack of sexual desire, how do you come to terms with this issue?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

It's not always menopause....

There's a lot more going on than just getting a few years older and not having periods once you hit middle age. I decided to include information on heart attacks on my site and the following letter shows how this page is helping.

I just had to write you and tell you how important your website was to me. It probably saved my life. I am 46 yrs old, and felt like the pain that I was feeling in my back was just a pulled muscle or something. It would come and go, and my left arm would also just ache really bad. I figured that I had a pinched nerve also. I had read some other info online, but it didn't talk about the fact that in women, this feeling might come and go. That is exactly why I didn't take it seriously. After I woke up on New Years day, and vomited, I decided I better look into things a little more. I found your website, and read the messages that were written by women who had suffered heart attacks, it was so much like what I was experiencing, so my husband didn't even give me an option. He took me into the ER, and I find out that I had suffered a heart attack. One of my main arteries was 99% blocked, and they put in a stent. I just got home yesterday, and am still feeling weak today. But am certainly on the mend!! Thanks again to you and the wonderful women who shared their stories on your website!! It has made all the difference in the world for me!!

Lorita Haueter
Kennewick Wa

Please visit and share your story. It will help other women.