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Ellen Dolgen



After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

Menopause MondaysTM is a platform from which Ellen reaches the true needs of her readers through varied and substantive discussions of menopause, women’s health, and the modern woman’s life today as a menopausal woman. Her weekly newsletter provides readers the most current menopause news and research. With her updates, women gain access and the knowledge needed to take charge of their health and happiness. Her motto is: Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

In addition to Ellen’s ever-growing social media presence, has fast become “the place” on the web for informative and entertaining women’s menopause and wellness engagement. Ellen is #1 on Dr. Oz Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, / Menopause Mondays was named first on the list of the “Best Menopause Blogs” by Healthline. Ellen is also a regular contributor to over a dozen leading women’s health blogs.

Ellen has founded a women’s health and wellness program that provides corporate education events for businesses, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. She produces and facilitates Menopause Mondays PartiesTM for organizations across the country. In addition, she works with pharmaceutical companies in helping them to have a new point of view in order to better understand and address women’s health needs. Ellen chaired a social media roundtable for Novo Nordisk in 2012. In 2013, Ellen was a key spokesperson for GLAMTM (Great Life After Menopause), a non-branded campaign sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

Ellen serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla and has chaired and served on various boards and committees for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, San Diego Hospice, Brandeis University, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, NARAL, the Phoenix Heart Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Angel Charity for Children, Brewster Auxiliary, and Handmaker Home for the Aging. Ellen’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through board representation, fundraising, and event organization continues with her founding of her weekly newsletter, Menopause MondaysTM, which promotes viable women’s health practices and wellbeing for women around the world.

Ellen has appeared on the “TODAY Show”, “TODAY Kathie Lee & Hoda”, “The Katie Show,” “NBC Nightly News”, “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Doctors,” Oprah Radio, Playboy Radio, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Doctor Radio, and dozens of regional and national media outlets. In 2011, she appeared in a production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Ellen was one of the first regular contributors to debut on The Huffington Post’s “Huff/Post50,” which targets 116 million Americans over the age of 50.

Ellen is the founder and president of Menopause Mondays and is a principal of Dolgen Ventures.

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Entries by Ellen Dolgen

What Is Your Emotional Age?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:25 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAt age 2, I tried to act like a 4 year old.

When I was 8, I tried to act 16.

When I was 16, I tried to act as if I was 21.

When I was 21, I tried to act 30.

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Menopause Relief: Straight Talk About Compounding Pharmacies

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:10 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgWhen menopausal symptoms plague your every waking hour during the day... and night... it’s likely time to investigate whether hormone therapy (HT -- formerly referred to as HRT) is the right decision for you.  However, there are so many options not only in...

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Breast Cancer and Menopause

(9) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 12:43 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThink back to your PRE-menopause days. If someone told you they could trigger menopause for you, you'd hardly have jumped at the chance, right? But that's exactly what many cancer survivors younger than 50 -- or even younger than 40 -- experience.

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On the 12th Day of Christmas, My Hormones Said to Me...

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:14 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThis Christmas, it's a hormone-filled holiday, thanks to our old friends perimenopause and menopause. Pour yourself a cup of spiked eggnog and sing along with me.

On the first day of Christmas, my hormones gave to me: a bladder bursting with...

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A Look At Menopause Through The Ages

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:37 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgSuffering from menopausal hot flashes? No problem! Just take some opium and call me in the morning. Or perhaps you'd prefer a little cannabis?

Sounds crazy, huh? But back in the 1800s, that's what doctors prescribed for their menopausal patients.

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How To Recognize The Symptoms Of A Heart Attack -- The Number One Killer Of Women

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:03 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThe medical community has placed a great deal of emphasis on heart health, from preventive measures such as exercise and nutrition to recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack. Unfortunately, much of that emphasis has focused on men's health, not women's.

Heart attack...

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Easy Tips to KISS Away Menopausal Holiday Stress

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:48 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThey’re baaack!  The holidays can be stressful under the best of times, much less when menopausal hormones have you hot flashing, not sleeping and let’s face it, overreacting to every little thing.

Then there’s the big thing: you’ve committed to hosting the...

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Happy Menopausal Thanksgiving!

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:40 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThe holidays are upon us. The grocery stores are buzzing with turkey orders, neighborhood pumpkin patches are being converted over to Christmas tree lots (I prefer the evergreen smell over the hay), everyone is talking about where they’re celebrating and who they are...

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How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship, Even During Menopause

(5) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:20 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgMy husband, David, and I have been married 37 years. What's the secret to the longevity of our relationship? I'm no expert, but I know I have never stopped dating David! We are still in love and enjoy being with each other.

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Menopause Symptoms - Trick or Treat?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:48 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAt Halloween time, you might be afraid you'll eat all the Halloween candy before you hear your doorbell ring and that first chorus of "Trick or treat!" For many menopausal women, that's the least of their fears! You and your family may be...

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Declare War on Pre-Holiday Stress

(21) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIt's a mathematical fact: Your level of stress is inversely proportional to the proximity of the holidays. As the days between now and the holidays decrease, your stress level is certain to increase. It doesn't matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or...

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All Pain, No Gain? Put An End To Painful Sex During Menopause

(10) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:43 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpg"Not tonight dear. I have a painful vagina." Say what? If you're making excuses to avoid sexual intimacy with your partner due to vaginal pain, you owe it to yourself (and your partner) to treat it.

"The big O" does not mean...

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Menopause and Pelvic Exams: The Rules are Changing

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:34 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgSometimes you get so used to doing things a certain way that when the protocol changes, it can throw you for a loop.

Take the Pap test, which has been the gold standard for diagnosing cervical cancer since the 1950s.  The...

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Breast Friends: Mammograms, The Picture Of Health

(15) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 7:23 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIf you believe the old adage, ‘the only way to have a friend is to be one,’ then this time of life, the transition through menopause, is an especially good time to be your own best friend -- especially when it comes to...

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HRT and Heart Disease: What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:49 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgDealing with menopausal symptoms can sometimes have you hanging on for dear life.  Hot flashes, insomnia and foggy brain can drive you over the edge, so you consider hormone therapy or HRT and then remember about the things you’ve...

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5 Tips To Boost Your Memory (And Your Morale)

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:07 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgRight up there with hot flashes, insomnia, grumpiness and weight gain, forgetting what you were going to say, when only half the words are out of your mouth, can make you feel out of your mind! Is what was once crystal-clear now just a...

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The Best Birthday Gift You'll Ever Receive: Self-Compassion

(14) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:19 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAt this time of life, hormones are on the way down... or already there. After years of feeling like yourself, you feel different. What happened?
Meet the new normal, with its accompanying hot flashes, anxiety and sleepless nights. How to...

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I've Fallen in Love with Someone New: Happy Grandparents Day!

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:09 PM

2014-08-30-MMSep7.jpgSeptember 7th is Grandparents Day! On August 8th in Seattle, Washington, our daughter Sarah and her husband Sol brought a beautiful pink bundle of joy into this world. I am now a Grandma! Now I understand why grandparents go on and on,...

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A Guide To A Purposeful Life In Menopause

(21) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Perimenopause and menopause signify a new chapter in a woman's life. At this stage, many women simply decide to rewrite the entire book. Case in point: More than 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s, or 60s -- the menopause years -- according...

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You Can't Touch That! Tender Breasts During Perimenopause and Menopause

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:21 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgHot flashes. Mood swings. Weight gain. Osteoporosis. Just a few of the many symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Add breast tenderness to that never-ending laundry list. For some women, "tenderness" is a gross and I mean gross!) understatement.

It's ironic, isn't it? From...

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