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Mache Seibel, MD
Machelle (Mache) Seibel, MD is an international leader and speaker on women's health and menopause and founder of My Menopause Magazine, in the Apple newsstand and on Google Play. He is recipient of the Media Award from the North American Menopause Society.

Download a free copy of his new eBook, Changes During the Change: What to expect and what to do about it or email him questions at

Entries by Mache Seibel, MD

UTIs and Menopause

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to make sense of what's happening to your body during the change? Are you noticing really annoying symptoms like vaginal dryness, painful sex or vaginal infections? So many women experience these symptoms as a result in part from lower estrogen levels. What you may not...

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8 Steps to Exodus From Your Bondage

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Passover is the story of the Hebrew's exodus from the bonds of 400 years of slavery to freedom as a Jewish people. Although today there is no slavery to Pharaoh, bondage remains a metaphor for relinquishing your freedom to the bondage of life.

Modern day bondage takes many forms:...

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7 Tips to Sleep Better Without Medication

(16) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 8:10 AM

When it comes to sleep, this is one tired nation.

According to the CDC, between 35 and 45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once in the past month and nearly 5 percent fell asleep while driving during the past month. And...

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Don't Say Shhh to Urine Incontinence -- It's Nothing to Sneeze At

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 10:45 AM

If you've ever worried you wouldn't find a bathroom in time or worried about wetting your pants each time you sneeze, read on to understand the problem and find tips on what to do.

Shhhhh. Most women don't want to talk about it. In fact, most wait 5-7 years to...

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Menopause at 70? Freeze Ovary at 35

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:22 PM

For women in perimenopause or menopause, whether or not to take estrogen is one of the biggest challenges faced. Is it safe? Which one? What route? How much? How long?

I recently interviewed Dr. Jehoshua Dor at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Dor,...

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Egg Freezing for Later Pregnancy in Perimenopause or Early Menopause

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Oct. 18 was World Menopause Day. Sometimes fertility and menopause clash when a woman has not had a baby and is either still looking for a partner or requires treatment that propels her suddenly into menopause.

I just returned from the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive...

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Making Time to Nurture the Nurturer: Making Time for You

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 9:39 PM

Without question, women are the nurturers in our society. You carry the pregnancy and breastfeed the baby. You are the epicenter of health care decisions for your family and are more likely to be the caregiver when a family member falls ill. You are often the limo driver, the chef...

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8 Ways to Achieve Bladder Control

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Worried about getting too far from the bathroom or exercising without losing urine? That's called incontinence, and it isn't any fun. Twenty years ago there weren't many options for treating urinary tract problems; the most common choice offered was a hysterectomy. Today, there are many more options to consider. Here...

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The ABCs of Obesity in Menopause

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:18 PM

After taking care of over 10,000 patients, one of the commonest questions I'm asked by menopausal women is how to best control their weight. I think the answer depends on the person and the reason that the person is overweight. Once you have the answer to why you are gaining...

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Governor Christie's Lap Band May Be a Band-Aid

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:10 PM

A number of health issues have experienced increased awareness over the past decades because public figures were willing to talk publicly about their health conditions or treatments. For example, Ronald Reagan had a colonoscopy and make it much more public the need to investigate the possibility of colon...

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Overweight Can Leave You Underpaid

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 5:15 PM

It's official. The United States is switching from getting well to staying well. And the reason for this sudden burst of transformation: It's not only better to stay well than to get well -- it's cheaper.

As increasing numbers of America's workforce find themselves overweight with high blood pressure, blood...

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The Health Benefits of Passover

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 4:17 PM

This week the festival of Passover is being celebrated by Jews around the world. And though it is a major religious holiday, this post is about its health benefits.

The Seder is always the center of the holiday. Families get together from far and near. The word seder means order,...

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Radiation Increases Heart Disease in Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 1:13 PM

A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine just came out showing that women who receive radiotherapy for breast cancer have a higher risk of ischemic heart disease.

The authors studied 2,168 women who had radiotherapy for breast cancer between 1958 and 2001 in Sweden and...

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New Painful Sex Drug Is Approved

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 3:34 PM

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the FDA approved Osphena, a new drug for painful sex. It's a class of meds called selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMs, and is similar to other medications of this type, such as Tomoxifen and Raloxifene.

SERMs activate some tissues that are sensitive to estrogen --...

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15 Tips That Help You Live to Be 100

(8) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:23 AM

A local billboard had the following statement, "The first person to live to 150 has already been born."

I don't know if or when people will live to be 150, but I do know that living to be 100 is something that we can strive for. In fact, the...

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Make Your New Years Resolution Prehabilitation

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 8:31 AM

One in 2 Americans is coping with a chronic disease, and many require rehabilitation. That's why I'm suggesting this year your New Year's resolution be "prehabilitation," a term defined by Wikipedia as, "a form of strength training, aims to prevent injuries before the actual occurrence."

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A Prayer For Newtown

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 10:50 AM

It is almost impossible to comprehend the senselessness and loss resulting from the recent murders in Newtown, Conn. It has traumatized a community and the country. I would like to share the lyrics from a song I wrote a few years ago for a dear friend to be sung at...

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News Flash: Santa Has Gout and Adjusts Holiday Meal

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:25 AM

There is a lot of buzz at the North Pole. Santa is hobbling around with a large, painful, swollen big toe that came on after eating a large burger and a beer. It happened rather quickly, and it has really made it hard to get in and out of his...

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Prevent Holiday Weight Gain With These 7 Tips

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 3:30 PM

It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are upon us, and along with them, the most weight-gaining window on the calendar. If you are trying to maintain your weight, it's a downright "dangerous" time.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, people gain...

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9 Thanksgiving Lessons I Learned From Cancer

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:40 AM

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is food, family and football. The meaning of the holiday, giving thanks, sometimes slips right by. I know I haven't always stopped to feel gratitude as much as I could. This year I'm particularly thankful for some things that I'd like to share with you.


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