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What If We Reframed Menopause?

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Fifty
Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D.

Menopause is a process of distillation that reveals our core, our essential self devoid of those internalized "shoulds" that society usually bombar...

5 Things About Menopause That Really, Really Suck

Jill Robbins | Posted 12.03.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I don't know why they call menopause 'the change of life.' I can think of some other, more fitting things it could be called: The seventh circle of hell.

How to Deal with Menopause Elegantly Like Angelina Jolie

Stephanie Bender | Posted 11.13.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Angelina Jolie candidly revealed her choice to undergo a bilateral mastectomy over a year ago as a preventative measure for breast cancer. Recently, she spoke of the results of experiencing "surgical menopause" after having an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries).

Menopause or Low Thyroid -- Is it One, the Other or Both?

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

Many are told they are just perimenopausal and should start supplementing estrogen. Things aren't always cut and dry, however, and simply prescribing estrogen replacement without a deep exploration into the patient's metabolism and chemistry doesn't work.

How To Interpret Blood Results In The Lead-Up To Menopause

Julie Dargan | Posted 10.28.2015 | Fifty
Julie Dargan

During the lead up to menopause, referred to as the peri-menopause phase, women may not be experiencing regular cycles and therefore have no idea as to whether they are mid-cycle or in the luteal phase at the time of having their blood tests which can be a hindrance in interpreting blood results.

A Singing Uterus Stars in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a romantic comedy that explores the psyche of a woman who abandons her phenomenal job at a law firm in New York, to find her high school-era ex-boyfriend in West Covina, CA -- not exactly paradise!

The Change: Thoughts on Menopause

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Page Rosenberg

Heralded by sudden weight gain, mood swings, irritability, sleep disruption, fatigue, hot flashes, and night sweats, the whole glamorous package has arrived. I have always pictured this happening when I was older, meaning sometime in the future, meaning never.

Play Hard: We (Women) Have Earned It

Stephanie Bender | Posted 09.17.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

We can bring whatever level of determination and energy we want to making our menopausal years some of our best, but self-care during perimenopause and menopause also means taking carefree time to play and enjoy ourselves.

Blind to Menopause

Joanna Charnas | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

For a brief time in 2011 to 2012, I lost a third of my vision. Menopause was to blame. At first, I thought I'd damaged my glasses. I went to an optome...

Meditative, Menopausal Moments: An Oxymoron?

Stephanie Bender | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Making menopause a positive time in our lives starts with slowing down long enough to appreciate what is happening. This way of thinking flies in the face of how many women experience "The Change."

Depression: The Menopausal Journey From Hopeless to Hopeful

Stephanie Bender | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

If you are dealing with depression or anxiety, it helps to think through your feelings. Are these feelings new? Do they seem random or are they connected to any life situations that you can identify?

How I'm Unleashing My Inner Rock Star As I Turn 50

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Janine Francolini

Surprising and sometimes shocking to me, people often tell me they want a life exactly like mine or that they even want to be me. The most curious is when people comment on how I have more energy than anyone they know because the past few years have been very difficult and I feel pretty exhausted a lot of the time.

Caitlyn Jenner Embraces Her Changes... So Why Can't We?

Stephanie Bender | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Caitlyn Jenner is making headlines. And, although the transgender aspect of her "change" is clearly being addressed, her physical appearance is what seems to be garnering the most interest. It brings into focus the premium we place on what we look like.

7 Fashion Tips For Menopausal Women

MiddleSexy | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty

Lesson learned this week: Don't sit near a restaurant's wood-burning pizza oven if you are a woman of a certain age unless you have frostbite.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Menstruation

MiddleSexy | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty

My period has mysteriously disappeared. After years of getting it every 28 days, it's now 19 days late. And thanks to my husband's successful vasectomy five years ago, I know that I'm not pregnant.

Complementary Medicine for Women

Stephanie Bender | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Bender

Women and health care professionals who have shared their views on complementary medicine and menopausal health with me can be loosely organized into three groups.

11 Tips For A Happy Vagina

Pamela Madsen | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Vaginas need and enjoy attention; and knowing how to keep your vagina happy is very important -- because if your vagina isn't happy, nobody's happy!

Cranky Is As Cranky Does

MiddleSexy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Women

Everywhere we went, I found myself inadvertently gathering data on aging and ill temper. After a week of solid fact finding, including a watershed experience in the lounge of a packed Outback steakhouse, I am now prepared to share my findings, including causes and potential cures.

Chin Hairs and Other Facts About Perimenopause

MiddleSexy | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty

I am in smack dab in the middle of perimenopause, the transition of a woman's body into menopause. Every woman's journey to the land of no menses is different. This is how mine has been going.

Menopause Relief: Straight Talk About Compounding Pharmacies

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

When menopausal symptoms plague your every waking hour during the day...and's likely time to investigate whether hormone therapy (HT - formerly referred to as HRT) is the right decision for you.

Perimenopause -- What the Heck Is Happening to My Body?

Stephanie Faubion | Posted 04.11.2015 | Women
Stephanie Faubion

Perimenopause is the time leading up to your final menstrual period and can last up to several years.

The Totally Normal Life Stage That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Julie Gray | Posted 03.10.2015 | Fifty
Julie Gray

Menopause. There. I said it. Menopause is why I have been unable to focus for more than very short periods. It is why I have been staying in bed with my cats a lot. It is why I have had to carry a hanky with me everywhere I go and why I have claimed it's too hot when you are wearing a sweater.

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

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 02.21.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

This 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.

Why You Are SO Lucky Not To Be A Menopausal Woman In The 1800s

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 02.21.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Suffering 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.

Happy Menopausal Thanksgiving!

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 01.21.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

In the spirit of giving and being thankful, I am going to give you my special perimenopause and menopause Thanksgiving recipe, which helps me look forward to and enjoy the holidays!