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Perimenopause

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

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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!

How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship, Even During Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

My husband, David, and I have been married 37 years. What's the secret to the longevity of our relationship? I'm no expert, but I know I have never stopped dating David! We are still in love and enjoy being with each other.

Menopause Symptoms - Trick or Treat?

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

You may have Freddy Krueger-style cramps, or no discomfort whatsoever. Just as women's periods differ greatly before menopause, their menses symptoms will differ greatly during perimenopause and menopause.

Declare War on Pre-Holiday Stress

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.30.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

This holiday season, your home doesn't have to be a war zone. You can win the war on stress. All it takes is a little planning. Here's to a peaceful, joyful holiday season.

3 Ways To Get Better Sleep During Menopause

Posted 10.29.2014 | OWN

Sleep is often one of the first things to go during the transition into menopause. These solutions can help you wake up on the right side of the b...

HRT and Heart Disease: What You Need to Know

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Hot flashes, insomnia and foggy brain can drive you over the edge, so you consider hormone therapy or HRT and then remember about the things you've read about HRT and heart disease. What is that all about and which part is factual?

5 Simple Steps To A Sharper Memory

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.29.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Spending your precious time worrying about everything can be dealt with through mindfulness based stress reduction or MSBR. You can reach that state through meditation and it's extremely helpful in lowering blood pressure and minimizing the effects of depression. 

44 and Pregnant?

Leah DeCesare | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Leah DeCesare

We'd be paying for college and preschool at the same time. College and preschool in the same family budget. No wonder tiny surprises at this stage are dubbed change-of-life babies.

The Best Birthday Gift You'll Ever Receive: Self-Compassion

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

One thing is for sure -- charting your own destiny can be extremely liberating providing you first lighten up -- on yourself! Have some self-compassion.

It's NOT 'Just' Perimenopause

Susan Rosenzweig | Posted 11.08.2014 | Women
Susan Rosenzweig

You don't know me. You don't know how I feel about my fertility, or my ability to have a family, or my fears of being alone forever. You don't know what that word means to me.

A Guide To A Purposeful Life In Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

With the change of life come obvious physical changes -- hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain... the list goes on. Many menopausal women seek balance in their lives, often focusing on the spiritual as well as the physical. Their priorities often shift as they take this opportunity for self-reflection.

How Will I Know if I'm Really Flashing

Angila Peters | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Angila Peters

Naked. Air-conditioned. On top of duvet. Excerpt from my new porn novel ? No. This is how I sleep, because I'm a human torch. The "change" is st...

Yagana Shah

Everything You Know About Menopause Is Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty

Menopause. You're either dreading it or welcoming it, depending on how you look at it. On one hand, you're terrified of those hot flashes and night sw...

You Can't Touch That! Tender Breasts During Perimenopause and Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

It's ironic, isn't it? From our "tender" preteen days, most of us couldn't wait until that first sign of womanhood. We couldn't wait to buy -- and wear -- our first training bra.

Boomers Take a Bow -- Time for Your Encore Career

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

After years of running the kids to all of their practices, ferrying snacks to games and holding down a full-time job, it is finally time to let go and follow your own path and passion.

I Did It: I Reached Menopause

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Menopause is freedom. It's been 10 years now and I have never looked back. I face forward with a confidence that every day will be the same; that my mood will be stable and nothing will ruin my pants or my plans.

Yagana Shah

Why Women May Want To Reconsider Their Caffeine Habit

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty

That hot cup of coffee or tea you just can't start the day off with, may be keeping you up at night. And it's not just the caffeine. A new study s...

National Nude Day: Bare it All and Love It

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Take a deep breath and relax! Nudity is more at this stage of life than just taking your clothes off...thankfully!

'Finding Yourself' in Need of a Therapist During Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Caring for parents and kids while simultaneously chasing a paycheck wears you down. Stir in a few menopausal hormones and you can easily find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and depressed.

10 Disturbing Things About My Menopause

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 08.31.2014 | Fifty
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

ALERT! ALERT! MENOPAUSAL WOMEN BEWARE: 10 signs you need to keep menopausal madness at bay.

Celebrate Independence Day With Emotional Freedom

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

We 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 you want to be.

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

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Forget the silk tie this Father's Day (unless we're talking a Fifty Shades type of celebration!). Instead, start taking care of yourself. But don't stop there. Make it an ongoing priority.

Caring for the Skin You're in During Menopause

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

For 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 we had a 'do over!'