5 Steps to Finding Hormone Happiness This Menopause Awareness Month

menopause mondays, hormonal healthHappy Menopause Awareness Month! If you think that sounds like a bit of an oxymoron (“does happy really go with menopause?”), then this month’s for you!

Menopause, like every era of a woman’s life, comes with challenges. But if we face them head on, this time can actually be the best one ever! It probably sounds counterintuitive to all of the menopause haters out there, but I’m stronger, healthier, and more empowered today at 60 than I was at 40! How? I finally put my health and happiness at the top of my to-do list. Yep, right on top! As women, we work so hard to take care of the health and wellness of our families. But, as a result, we often forget to listen to our own bodies and to what they need from us. Not anymore! My body is the only place I have to live, and I’m taking care of it!

That’s what Menopause Awareness Month is all about: putting our health first! I want all of the fabulous women out there to live the fabulous lives they deserve! I know they can—we all can!

This Menopause Awareness Month, take these five steps to achieving hormone happiness. Once you do, you’ll have plenty to celebrate!

1. Listen to Your Body. Menopausal symptoms—whether they involve sweating like a linebacker or waving goodbye as your vagina heads for dryer land—are your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. So stop pretending to be fine. Paying attention to your symptoms is the only way to treat their underlying cause and get rid of them for good.

2. Find a Menopause Specialist. The gynecologist who has been treating your hoo-ha for years might not be the best for relieving your menopausal symptoms. Fewer than one in five trainee obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States receive formal training in menopause medicine, according to recent research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. That’s why it’s crucial to find a menopause specialist who is trained to best treat your symptoms while taking into account any general health issues. To find a specialist near you, check out The North American Menopause Society, the American Society of Reproductive MedicineThe American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, call your local medical school, or consult my Menopause Doctor Directory. These doctors have been recommended by the sisterhood.

3. Chart Your Menopause Symptoms. The best gift you can give your menopause specialist is a comprehensive chart of your symptoms. Sign up for my free Menopause Mondays Newsletter to receive my Menopause Symptoms Chart via email. Then, each day, chart the frequency, duration, and severity of your symptoms. Take this chart with you to your menopause specialist and together with a hormone panel, your specialist can develop an individualized plan just for you.

4. Know Your Numbers. Receiving a completeblood workup, including a hormone panel is the quickest and easiest way to pinpoint exactly what’s going on in that body of yours. Along with your Menopause Symptoms Chart, the info will help your doctor create a course of treatment just for you. After all, not all hot flashes are created equal!

5. Stay on the Path. Steps 1 through 4 are good, but it’s even better to repeat them over and over again. Why? Achieving hormone happiness over the long term is all about knowing how your hormones ebb and flow. As women, it’s our prerogative to change!

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Sisters, this Menopause Awareness Month, it’s time to love—and celebrate—menopause! So gather your girlfriends and get ready for hormone happiness. The best years of your life are yet to come!

Remember: Reaching out is IN! Suffering in silence is OUT!

You can find more about our Menopause expert Ellen Dolgen, at ellendolgen.com.  You won’t want to miss Ellen’s Menopause Mondays. Like Ellen Dolgen on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, connect with her on LinkedIn, Google+, and Klout, watch her videos on YouTube, and subscribe to her newsletter.

Ellen Dolgen

Ellen Dolgen

Ellen Dolgen, menopause education is a mission. Spurred by her own experience struggling with the symptoms of menopause, Dolgen has devoted the last ten years of her life to helping other women during this often difficult time. While she’s not a doctor or scientist, she’s “talked the talk” with countless menopause experts, so that she can “walk the menopause walk” and share the keys to this menopause kingdom.

Together with her son, Jack, she created a FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause, a comprehensive guide to all things menopause—the symptoms, the treatments, and the long-range effects on a woman’s health. Dolgen shares the expertise of numerous specialists to replace confusion and embarrassment with medically sound solutions, presented in an entertaining and informative way. There you will find detailed descriptions and treatments for the symptoms you or your loved one may experience, from hot flashes and mood swings to mental fogginess and loss of libido, and lots more in between.

In addition to sharing the latest research and proven treatments, Dolgen offers guidance to finding a menopause specialist who’s right for you, and she provides a clear explanation of what tests to ask for. You’ll also learn about the latest studies on hormone replacement as well as alternative therapies and remedies. Finally, Dolgen shares the real-life experiences of women—and those who love them—as they traverse the crazy ups and downs of perimenopause and menopause.

As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, EllenDolgen.com and her Menopause MondaysTM Blog was born.

In addition to Ellen’s ever-growing social media presence, EllenDolgen.com has fast become “the place” on the web for informative and entertaining women’s menopause and wellness engagement. Ellen has been #1 on Dr. Oz Sharecare.com Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, EllenDolgen.com / Menopause Mondays was named first on the list of the “Best Menopause Blogs” by Healthline. Ellen was honored to be asked to be one of the first regularly featured bloggers on HP50 and so began her syndication on many other health sites.

Ellen produces health and wellness programs for businesses, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. She facilitates Menopause Mondays Parties throughout the Country. 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. In 2015, Ellen partnered with Pfizer on a series of menopause videos with the fabulous award winning Kim Cattrall for their “Tune in to Menopause Campaign.”

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 is the founder and president of Menopause Mondays and is a principal of Dolgen Ventures.

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  2 comments for “5 Steps to Finding Hormone Happiness This Menopause Awareness Month

  1. October 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Wake up girls and stop suffering in silience …
    I am so happy to see and read Ellen Dolgens article here… Society has put the severity and the necessity of woman attending and taking care of their hormone health for way to long. Our internists and gynocologist also need to encourage us to seek more information on our hormone and menopose health. This is part of our journey to claiming clarity, and understanding of what’s going on in our bodies. Diet change, movement, medication, and good old fashioned knowledge can improve our existence and time on this earth… Come on girls, enough time spent putting ourselves on the back burner… We are so worth the time and energy… Mind body and soul, take care of yourself, otherwise, you’re no good to nobody else!!

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