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 is an outspoken women’s health and wellness advocate, menopause awareness expert, author, and speaker.

After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

Menopause MondaysTM is a platform from which Ellen reaches the true needs of her readers through varied and substantive discussions of menopause, women’s health, and the modern woman’s life today as a menopausal woman. Her weekly newsletter provides readers the most current menopause news and research. With her updates,women gain access and the knowledge needed to take charge of their health and happiness. Her motto is: Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

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 is #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 is also a regular contributor to over a dozen leading women’s health blogs.

Ellen has founded a women’s health and wellness program that provides corporate education events for businesses, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. She produces and facilitates Menopause Mondays PartiesTM for organizations across the country. In addition, she works with pharmaceutical companies in helping them to have new point of view in order to better understand and address women’s health needs. 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.

Ellen serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla and has chaired and served on various boards and committees for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, San Diego Hospice, Brandeis University, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, NARAL, the Phoenix Heart Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Angel Charity for Children, Brewster Auxiliary, and Handmaker Home for the Aging. Ellen’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through board representation, fundraising, and event organization continues with her founding of her weekly newsletter, Menopause MondaysTM, which promotes viable women’s health practices and wellbeing for women around the world.

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 was one of the first regular contributors to debut on The Huffington Post’s “Huff/Post50,” which targets 116 million Americans over the age of 50.

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

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.


  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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