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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

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

(7) 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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How to Cope with Hot Flashes During the Summer Months

(18) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:13 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgWhile most folks look forward to summer, do you find yourself dreading the coming months? Have you seriously considered moving to the North Pole? As the temperature is rising, are you experiencing your own internal heat wave? If so, you're not alone.


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Boomers Take a Bow -- Time for Your Encore Career

(12) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:30 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgSeems like when you’re raising kids or climbing the career ladder, it’s all about checking off ‘to do’ lists.  Constant activity, travel, ballgames and baby-sitters can make your head spin.  Suddenly, you’re done.  The kids leave the nest; your career is winding down,...

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Is Low Testosterone Adding to Your Menopause Miseries?

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:47 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAre you having a bout of “fuzzy brain”? You know, that “where is my car/my purse/my mind” experience?
Or maybe it’s your body that’s pooping out. And you find yourself skipping exercise class more often, because you just...

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National Nude Day: Bare it All and Love It

(17) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:59 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgTake a deep breath and relax!  Nudity is more at this stage of life than just taking your clothes off...thankfully!  Here are some suggestions for turning National Nude Day into something that will help you become more mindful, shed negative feelings about your...

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Tastes Great, Keeps You Healthy: What's Not to Like About National Chocolate Day?

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:01 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIf you’re looking for any excuse to indulge in chocolate without feeling post-pleasure guilt:  you’re in luck! July 7th is National Chocolate Day and studies show this sweet indulgence is loaded with flavonoids and anti-oxidants known to open clogged arteries, keep heart disease at...

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'Finding Yourself' in Need of a Therapist During Menopause

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:58 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgResearchers now know that women are 70% more likely to suffer from depression than men and menopause’s hormonal roller coaster can aggravate the problem.  Experts say it’s time to slow down and realize that the mind-body connection is a powerful one. ...

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Celebrate Independence Day With Emotional Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:39 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgWe are fortunate enough to live in a free country, but are you emotionally free? I'm talking about freeing yourself from the negative chatter (both internal and external) that holds you back from doing what you want to do or simply being who...

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The Father's Day Gift That Keeps on Giving: A Well-Cared for YOU!

(12) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:23 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgYou may feel like you're going through perimenopause or menopause all alone, but if you're married, your husband probably feels like he's going through it with you! Every night you toss, turn and throw off the bed covers is probably an eye-opener for...

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Caring for the Skin You're in During Menopause

(10) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 12:01 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgFor many women in their teens and 20s, seeking the perfect 10 of a tan used to be a full-time job on hot summer days. However, those of us going through menopause need only glance at the age spots on our hands to wish...

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It's Baaaaack! Swimsuit Season Is Lurking Around the Corner

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:12 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgJust as Northerners dread seeing Punxsatawney Phil's shadow in February, indicating six more weeks of winter, many women dread seeing themselves in a bathing suit at the onset of summer. Are you one of those women? If so, you can either, dig a...

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Coping With Haywire Hormones and a House Full of Kids

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:52 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgSchool's out for the summer soon, your hormones are out of control, and you think you're going out of your mind. It's a situation that would even test the patience of June Cleaver. (If you're in the throes of perimenopause or menopause, you're...

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Yoga Can Ease Perimenopause Symptoms

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:58 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgPerimenopause doesn’t only play games with your body; it messes up your moods. There may be days when you feel like you’re surrounded by the most gorgeous shoes on earth, but you can’t find your size. It’s hard not to feel be frustrated...

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Keeping It Sweet During Menopause and Motherhood -- the New M&M's!

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:34 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgRemember, M&M’s, that milk chocolate candy that melted in your mouth -- not in your hand?  At our age, M&M may have another meaning -- Motherhood and Menopause. You may find that it is you that is melting down as your...

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My Cousin's Inspirational Journey With Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:19 AM

2014-04-13-0428MM2.jpgWhen my cousin Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer, she approached it with a skier's mentality. She knew it would be an uphill battle with bumps along the way. And, although downhill is a good thing to a skier, she looked...

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The Impact of Smoking on Menopause

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 6:13 PM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIf you’ve been having trouble breaking up with cigarettes, I have some helpful information that you need to know regarding the dangers of smoking. Unlike that “bad boy” in college, smoking can really do permanent damage to your health, especially if you’re going...

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Menopause Mondays: Osteopenia and Osteoporosis Give New Meaning to 'The Big O'

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:50 AM

2013-12-27-Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThe big “O” brings to mind mood music, our favorite lover, and moans of ecstasy. For those in menopause and postmenopause, the new “big O” can also bring to mind osteopenia or osteoporosis. You are probably familiar with osteoporosis, but may never have...

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