Menopause Minute: in the news

Menopause Minute: in the news

Welcome to Issue No. 4 | #MenopauseMinute

There’s no doubt the number one common denominator in the “second puberty” phase a.k.a. menopause, is hot flashes.

Every woman I’ve spoken with in menopause all say it started with an uncomfortable heat that seemed to come out of nowhere.

In case you’re wondering: hot flashes have the same sensation you get when you feel embarrassed.

You know how you start to feel hot inside and then your underarms start to itch and then you feel like your whole face is red? That’s it! Only intensified.

There have been many times when I’ve felt like I was going to pass out from the heat.

Did I mention? It can even happen in a cool room or winter.

The good news is, at least in my case, hot flashes tend to decrease during cooler months.

Thank goodness!

In the news

Fox 8 Cleveland News put together a helpful piece on coping with hot flashes. It included some practical tips.

Here’s what they said:

The most common complaint women have during menopause is experiencing hot flashes. There are many ways to manage them without medication.

Nonpharmacological options include:

 

  • Dressing in layers.
  • Carrying a portable fan.
  • Exercising.
  • Making sure to regulate the temperature in your home.
  • Making your bed so you can take blankets off if you need to.

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3 Changes That Mean You May be Entering Menopause

Welcome to Issue No. 3 | #MenopauseMinute

In last weeks Menopause Minute I confessed that insomnia, caused by menopause, has been a source of irritation for me:

I can’t begin to tell you how many nights I lay awake tossing and turning. I’ve tried counting sheep, counting backwards, deep breathing, relaxation and reading. Nothing worked!

 

While every woman (and body) is different, there are some common physical changes that women share when entering menopause phase of their life or as I call it ‘the second puberty,’

Here are 3 physical changes that could mean you are approaching menopause 

1. Irregular periods. Any changes in your periods from not having them at all, to having them too close together can be an indicator that peri-menopause is on the horizon.

If your period changes in any way, I highly recommend you see a doctor to ensure that it’s not related to any health issues.

2. Hot flashes. This is one I’ve heard many women say they start to have about a year before they even have any other symptoms. Hot flashes can come and go quickly or linger.

They can be severe and leave you sweating at night, or they can be mild. But what I know for sure, is that once is a fluke. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is worth considering the menopause connection!

3. Bladder changes. As with the period, any changes could be a signal your body is changing. But the symptoms most women have are the sudden urge to urinate, inability to hold urine and leaking when they laugh or sneeze.

Not so pretty.

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Menopause Minute: 3 ways menopause can happen to you

Menopause Minute: 3 ways menopause can happen to you

Welcome to Issue No 1| MenopauseMinute

Menopause. Change of life. Whatever you want to call it…it’s a natural part of a woman’s life cycle.

Not unlike puberty.

In fact, so much like puberty that I’ve coined it “midlife (or second) puberty.”

I knew I would some day be in the menopause season, but I thought I would be further along in age before I got here.

What I didn’t anticipate is that I would get to menopause via breast cancer.

Now that I’m here, I’ve discovered the information and help available to women in menopause is limited.

Even female medical professionals seem lost when I approach the topic.

In my conversations with other women I’ve learned they feel discouraged. Some said, hopeless.

The reason for this is because the symptoms can be hard on the body and include body dis-morphia, low self-esteem and hair loss.

Most women in menopause opt for some sort of hormone replacement therapy to help them through the process. That’s easy to get.

But cancer survivors need to avoid those drugs, because they can lead to more cancer.

While there are some recognizable “experts” on the market, you have to be rich, famous or both to tap into them.

They don’t take insurance.

Sadly, this is becoming more and more of a trend in medicine.

So, I decided to use my journalistic background and personal experience with menopause to start the conversation, right here!

Every Monday you’ll find a new topic or interview related to menopause. Please feel free to chime in.

Now, let’s get started with the basics.

3 ways menopause can arrive

 

  1. Medical menopause | Caused by chemotherapy or radiation 🙋🏻‍♀️ (that’s how I got my initiation).
  2. Surgical menopause | Hysterectomy that includes taking your ovaries.
  3. Natural menopause |As you approach your late 30s, your ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone — the hormones that regulate menstruation — and your fertility declines. With each year it continues to decline to post menopause.

Come back next Monday where I’ll talk about how menopause affects our ability to sleep, and propose some ways we can help our body find rest.

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