11/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

September is Menopause Awareness Month!

>I began to focus on the menopausal transition in 1991, when Gail Sheehy asked me to consult with her on her book The Silent Passage. What an incredible and unique opportunity. This month, known nationally as Menopause Awareness Month, is a good time to reflect on what the New Menopause really means.

Back then, I was 42 and newly menopausal. I traveled across the country with her to talk to groups of women just like me in this stage of life. I was deeply affected by hearing first-hand how women felt about what was happening to them.

Some women experienced few symptoms. However, so many felt a loss of youth, loss of sexual vitality, loss of visibility, loss of power and loss of hope.

I am not saying that this passage is easy, but there is no reason for women to experience shame, isolation, confusion and fear of the unknown


Menopause is a universal experience. It is not a disease. Each woman experiences it in her own unique way.

Menopause will define one-half of your life. Decide how you want to live it. How can you be the best you can be?

We believe that with accurate knowledge and current information, you can harness the tumultuous energy of hormonally induced change to transform your life.

In 2005, Dr. Wulf Utian asked me to help the North American Menopause Society take their message beyond the scientific and medical communities. This organization is the preeminent professional organization devoted to women's health in midlife and beyond.

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