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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 and 2013, / 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,” “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.

Like Ellen Dolgen on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, connect with her on LinkedInGoogle+, and Klout, watch her videos on YouTube, and subscribe to her newsletter.

Entries by Ellen Dolgen

Menopause Got You Sleepless?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:25 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAre you awake all night, and then dragging through the day with toothpicks holding up your eyelids? Then try not to snooze through this one. Sleeplessness can be a real problem for women going through menopause. In fact, the North American...

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No More March Madness - Conquer Your Mood Swings

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:24 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgShe shoots....She SCORES menopausal symptom happiness! And the crowd goes wild! (Ahhhhh)

When you say “March Madness” many people will automatically think of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournaments. However, if you are speaking with a woman in perimenopause or...

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Is it Menopause or a Thyroid Disorder?

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:46 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgYou wrap it in scarves, decorate it with necklaces, and swoon when it gets a kiss. Your neck gets a lot of attention, but, unfortunately, not the attention it really needs. See, situated in your neck between your voice box and collarbone, and...

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A Singing Uterus? Watch Her Explain Perimenopause And Menopause

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:53 AM

Thought you were done learning about your body at age 12? Well your uterus and your ovaries might disagree!

Listen up ladies, perimenopause arrives unscheduled, uninvited, and often sooner than you think. There is no one-size-fits-all age when perimenopause begins. Many woman start experiencing perimenopausal symptoms as young as 38, others may be 48. There is no right or wrong age, and you won't receive a "save the date" to let you know when the festivities will begin. When you have been without a period for 12 consecutive months you are officially in menopause. The average age of menopause is 51. Many women find that they experience premature menopause, which means that your period has stopped for twelve consecutive months before the age of 40. Premature menopause may occur as a result of one's genetic make-up, an illness, or medical procedures such as a hysterectomy.

Women pride themselves on being prepared. The sisterhood is so prepared and open when it comes to childbearing and child rearing. From pregnancy to college applications, my friends and family were always full of support. Most mothers of young children routinely walk around with a whole nursery in their diaper bags and enough hand sanitizer to sterilize an entire country. It is time to educate and prepare the sisterhood for perimenopause and menopause and help women take control of their fertility and biological clock!

Did you know that 95% of 30-year-old women have only 12% of their original number of ovarian follicular cells, which can develop into eggs? At 40, only 3% of the cells remain, according to research from the University of Edinburgh. Don't panic! Research says that, before birth, females have roughly 600,000 cells. That means that even if you lose 88 % of them by the time you celebrate your 30th birthday, you can still celebrate having 72,000 cells left.

While it's easiest for women to become pregnant before age 35, all egg-laying ovaries are not created equal, says David B. Smotrich, MD, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility. During your early 30s, your eggs can decline in quality and you might begin ovulating less frequently, even if you are having regular periods, Smotrich says. Reproductive potential decreases as women get older, and fertility can be expected to end 5 to 10 years before menopause. A 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant per cycle, but by the time she's 40, her odds drop to 5% per cycle, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

If you are planning on starting your family in your 30s or 40s, Dr. Smotrich recommends having these four simple tests so you can be in control of your family planning:

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Test: A blood test that measures your body's levels of follicle-stimulating hormones, which control your menstrual cycle and your production of eggs.

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Test: A blood test that determines if your body is deficient in calcidiol, your body's main form of stored vitamin D. According to Dr. Smotrich, calcidiol levels generally decline with age, and deficiencies can predispose your baby to health complications.

Estradiol Test: A blood test that measures the amount of a hormone called estradiol in your blood. Estradiol is a form of estrogen that is largely made in and released from the ovaries, adrenal cortex, and the placenta, which forms during pregnancy to feed a developing baby.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test: A blood test that estimates the number of the eggs in the ovaries.

Now you know why I commissioned well known comedic writer and talent, Rachel Bloom, along with songwriter and producer, Jack Dolgen, to create this educational music video. It's so important for our sisterhood to understand perimenopause and its effects on your fertility and biological clock, and of course my mission is always to prepare you for menopausal bliss.

A singing uterus... what's not to love? Laugh, learn, sing and dance!

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Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

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Ellen Dolgen is an outspoken women's health and wellness advocate, menopause awareness expert, author, and speaker.

After struggling through the silence that surrounds menopause, Ellen resolved to help women reach out and end the confusion, embarrassment, and less-than-lovely symptoms that come with "the change." Her passion to be a "sister" to all women fueled Ellen's book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of her women's wellness journey, and in response to the overwhelming thirst of her ever-expanding audience for empowering information, Ellen's weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM was born.

Menopause MondaysTM allows Ellen an expansive platform from which she broadens her discussion of menopause, women's health, and life as a menopausal woman. Her weekly newsletter provides a one-stop shop for the latest menopause and women's health news and research, allowing women the access and know-how needed to take charge of their health and happiness. 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 and 2013 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. Her motto is: Reaching out is IN! Suffering in silence is OUT!

Ellen has appeared on the "TODAY Show," "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 sold-out, San Diego 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.

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Why More Women Are Staying Single

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 10:57 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAs little girls, we dressed up in white dresses and held make-believe weddings. We dreamed of a future on Prince Charming's arm every Valentine's Day, and assumed happily-ever-afters included marriage.

Forget that! All grown up now, increasingly more women are trading their childhood...

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4 Lovey-Dovey Tips To Help You Become Your Own Perfect Valentine

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:14 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgTiny candy sugar hearts with endearing messages, chocolates in red heart-shaped boxes, flowers, sexy lingerie -- it's Valentine's Day! Want to fall in love this Valentine's Day? Before heading to the corner bar or the latest online dating site, think about when you...

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Hormone Replacement Therapy 101

(9) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:48 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgTo HRT or not to HRT? The debate over hormone replacement therapy is one that has confounded doctors, confused the menopausal, and, ultimately, jeopardized the health of millions of women. Not on my watch! So buckle up and get ready for a crash-course...

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Healthy in 2013, Intuitively Cancer Aware in 2014

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:07 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAs women of 2014, we have grown to have a keen sense of intuition. This intuition has not only driven us throughout our lives, but has allowed us to act upon and make decisions regarding situations we are not fully comprehensive of, per...

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Get Fit: 5 Secrets to Exercising During Menopause

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:28 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIf you're like most women, your sneakers are probably collecting more dust bunnies than miles. But if you want to find hormone happiness during perimenopause and menopause, it's due time to dust those babies off!

"All exercise, ranging from housework to running marathons,...

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Tips to Help You Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Feel Better Than Ever This New Year

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:21 AM


Can't remember the last resolution you kept? Join the club. Each year, of all of the Americans who welcome the New Year with a resolution, 35 percent of them throw in the towel during the first month, according to a ...

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Menopause Mondays: Women's Inspiring 2014 Encore Careers in Perimenopause and Menopause

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:40 PM


Forget your 2014 retirement age. Let's talk about your 2014 encore career age--and it's now.

Never heard of an encore career this New Year? That's about to change. In fact, as Marci Alboher -- a former lawyer and reporter who is fittingly now...

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The Holiday Card Every Stressed-Out Woman Needs to Read

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:34 AM


Dear sisters in perimenopause and menopause,

"Give, give, give." It's the theme song of the season, especially for you! You give so much --and I don't just mean holiday presents. You give your time, energy, and self to so many people and projects....

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6 Secrets To Slim And Stress-Free Holidays

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 5:17 AM


It seems to happen every holiday season: Somewhere between the punch bowls, crowded malls, and head-spinning schedules, your blood pressure becomes higher and your pants, tighter.

In fact, most people gain some poundage over the winter months, according to one New England Journal...

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Holiday Beauty: How To Look Picture-Perfect

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 6:12 AM


It doesn't matter if your schedule is jam-packed with parties, your holiday cards pack pictures, or you're expecting a visit from a family member. This season, every woman has a reason to look her best.

But if I've learned anything about beauty, it's...

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10 Reasons To Love Menopause

(29) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 6:46 AM


Hand me a microphone, ladies! I've got an announcement: I'm thankful for menopause!

Sure, when I entered perimenopause, I never thought I'd say that. Like many women, when I entered perimenopause, I was irritable, sweaty, sleepless, and felt like a permanent fog had taken...

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The Affordable Care Act and Women: Three Things You Need to Know

(24) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:42 AM


It's that time of year again: time for us to select our health insurance policy for the following year. But this year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), things are a little (OK, make that a lot) different.

Currently in the United States,...

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From Vaginal Atrophy to Leg Atrophy: When Health Problems Arise

(14) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:14 AM


One minute, all you have on your mind is making sure the sisterhood doesn't have vaginal atrophy. The next, you're worried about leg atrophy... WTF?!?

While I never considered walking into a restaurant to be a challenge, Friday evening--November 1, it proved...

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3 Tips for Taking Care of Both Your Loved Ones and Yourself

(13) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:59 PM


Sometimes, in menopause, hormones aren't the problem at all. Sometimes, the real issue is the role we play in our own lives and families--and for increasingly more perimenopausal and menopausal women, that role is sandwiched between two slices of responsibility.

More than 65...

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How To Have The Best Sex Of Your Life During Menopause

(84) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 7:42 AM


Ladies, we deserve to have the best sex of our lives -- now! Even better, it's completely doable (pun intended). During our menopausal years, our sex lives have so much from which they can benefit: a strong sense of self, deep relationships, and bodies...

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House Of Hormones: How To Cope With Raising A Hormonal Teen During Your Own Hormonal Journey

(17) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:19 AM


As if the highs, lows, and hair-pulling frustrations of raising a hormonal teenage girl weren't enough, more and more mothers are wading through these turbulent waters during their own hormonal journeys: perimenopause and menopause.

Back when moms started popping out kids while in their teens,...

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