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Ellen Dolgen



For Ellen Dolgen, menopause education is a mission. Spurred by her own experience struggling with the symptoms of menopause, Dolgen has devoted the last ten years of her life to helping other women during this often difficult time. While she’s not a doctor or scientist, she’s “talked the talk” with countless menopause experts, so that she can “walk the menopause walk” and share the keys to this menopause kingdom.

Together with her son, Jack, she created a FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause, a comprehensive guide to all things menopause—the symptoms, the treatments, and the long-range effects on a woman’s health. Dolgen shares the expertise of numerous specialists to replace confusion and embarrassment with medically sound solutions, presented in an entertaining and informative way. There you will find detailed descriptions and treatments for the symptoms you or your loved one may experience, from hot flashes and mood swings to mental fogginess and loss of libido, and lots more in between.

In addition to sharing the latest research and proven treatments, Dolgen offers guidance to finding a menopause specialist who’s right for you, and she provides a clear explanation of what tests to ask for. You’ll also learn about the latest studies on hormone replacement as well as alternative therapies and remedies. Finally, Dolgen shares the real-life experiences of women—and those who love them—as they traverse the crazy ups and downs of perimenopause and menopause.

As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, and her Menopause MondaysTM Blog was born.

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 has been #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 was honored to be asked to be one of the first regularly featured bloggers on HP50 and so began her syndication on many other health sites.

Ellen produces health and wellness programs for businesses, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. She facilitates Menopause Mondays Parties throughout the Country. 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. In 2015, Ellen partnered with Pfizer on a series of menopause videos with the fabulous award winning Kim Cattrall for their “Tune in to Menopause Campaign.”

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

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Entries by Ellen Dolgen

Menopause Infographic: Hot Flashes

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:44 PM

2015-07-13-1436801961-704173-infohotflashes.pngAre you experiencing your own internal heat wave? Do you wake up at least once during the night in a sweat? Do you have to get out of bed, towel off, change clothes and then try to get back to sleep, only...

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Menopause Infographic - Insomnia

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Menopause Infographic - InsomniaAre you Sleepless in Seattle? Does Disney’s Sleeping Beauty make you hostile? Does the sight of a blissfully snoozing infant make you weep? Do memories of teenage sleepathons that last 12 hours make you misty with nostalgia? Take heart,...

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Transcendental Meditation -- TM & ME!

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:06 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgMy husband David and I met 39 years ago on a blind date.  Yes, ladies go on those blind dates!  You just never know, you might meet your soulmate!! David is my life partner. Over the many years we have been together, we...

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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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