Menopause

The Impact of Estrogen On The Brain

The Impact of Estrogen on the Brain According to the Alzheimer’s Association, women comprise two-thirds of the population suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. It is important to note that women live longer, and age is the single biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers think hormonal changes play a big role in this gender disparity.  The big question is, what does the main female hormone, estrogen, have to do with brain function??? It turns out a lot!...
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The Power of The Shrinking Vagina

In my mid-40s I was talking to a group of mom friends and the topic of vaginal rejuvenation surgery came up. None of us knew exactly what it was, but we all agreed on one thing: the name was really funny. First off, I love how the word “rejuvenation” is sandwiched between “vaginal” and “surgery”. Only a marketing professional could think of that. Plus, “rejuvenation” is an amusingly transparent attempt to cancel out images of a surgical knife or laser tools hovering near or in one’s crotch. Most women, however, are too savvy to be marketing-manipulated about the most private parts of their bodies. So the title just ends up making us laugh. That said, if you’re committed to positively marketing vagina-based surgery, “rejuvenation” is a fine choice. It makes the vaginal procedure sound like an all-around enhancement for any woman who’s feeling a little depleted and run down, crotch-wise or otherwise. (Italicized)--> Just hop into the office--walk-ins welcome--for a bit o’ vaggie surgery and you’ll feel like yourself again in no time! Several years after that mom’s night, I met with my gynecologist. We discussed perimenopausal symptoms and the upcoming Big M. She told me that after menopause the vagina starts “shrinking” and gets “harder.”...
Interview

Can I Take HRT After 60? Answers To Your HRT Questions…: Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith Interviewed By Felice Shapiro

Taking Hormones pre and post menopause when symptomatic is a discussion that every BA50 should have with their GYN. The HRT door was closed on most of us due to a 2002 WHI (Women's Health Initiative) study that has recently been revisited and determined to be flawed and therefore not the last word. See New York Times post by Susan Dominus Titled: Women Have Been Misled About Menopause. So the question for women of whether to start HRT,  meaning -- Estrogen, Testosterone and other hormone replacements in your 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's -- is front and center and back on the table thanks to Susan Dominus. I was thrilled to talk to Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith, Founder of the Complete Midlife Wellness Center in Houston, about HRT and the decision to start taking hormones even 10 years post menopause, in our 60's, for the first time. This is an important interview that every BA50 will want  to listen to if they are interested in educating themselves about whether HRT is something they may want to talk to their Dr. about. Dr. Susan deals with the benefits and risks to consider when making your decision and she is very encouraging. This interview is a continuation of last week's discussion on BA50 about why Doctors are  still making decisions for us about our hormone health based on a study that is more than 20 years old which has so many flaws?  Dr. Susan addresses the risks of HRT as it relates to blood clots, heart health, bone health and breast cancer and who is at risk and if you are over 60.  Be sure to listen all the way through because we have many more options than we were previously told. Dr. Susan believes everyone is a candidate for HRT as it addresses so many of our aging symptoms. Question: "If we aren't in menopause and don't have hot flashes BUT have bone health, memory concerns, thinning skin, sleep, vaginal dryness, UTI issues etc....should we be taking Estrogen?" Question: "What are the risks and can we take Estrogen long term?" Click to listen this interview........

Menopause And After: The Truth About Hormone Therapy…Every BA50s Right!

"You mean we can take Estrogen now, after 60, we can start now?  I was hoping I would be allowed to take estrogen for specific issues  but also because frankly, I have read that the benefits can help with the aging process like our memory, bone health, heart health and our skin.... Is this really true I asked one of the top Doctors, Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith, GYN, who is the founder of the Complete Midlife Wellness Center in Austin. "Absolutely... but not orally, but yes, every woman in menopause and after menopause should find a Dr. to talk about this topic and educate themselves!" "I was told I had missed the window...  and now after 60, I was 10 years post menopause and it was risky?" "This is not true," said Dr. Susan. "How could I/We have been so misled?  Two years ago my very smart OB told me I had missed the window on Hormone Therapy as I was 10 years post menopause." "This is so frustrating to hear but thank goodness for Susan Dominus' New York Times article...."Women Have Been Misled About Menopause," published on Feb 1 (just 2 weeks ago)." "Yes, that's why I called you... we need to continue this conversation. My friends in their 60's all were told absolutely NO Hormone Therapy and 2 weeks ago, since this article was published we are learning this is no longer true... this is so upsetting that we were so misled but how do we know what the truth really is...can we just rely on this article?"...
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I Sleep Around. And I’m Shameless

This past year I started again. I hadn’t slept around in years but now I do It regularly. I relish the delicious illicitness, that feeling of surrendering to a higher power. The desire is overwhelming at times. When I succumb, I savor the sense that I’m slipping out of myself, completely letting go. I crave the cool Egyptian cotton or silken Italian leather beneath my bare skin before giving myself over. I confess. I’m a slave to the nap. I’d like to blame the pandemic. The fear of catching a potentially fatal illness. Or losing someone else to it. Maybe it’s age. I’m 65. I’ve lived a lot. Run too many miles, hit too many tennis balls, worked too many all-nighters. But I think it’s more a capitulation, an acknowledgement that it’s okay to be tired. Napping has become my friend....

A Story About Mood Swings. It’s Not You, It’s The Menopause!

Perimenopausal hormonal mood surges are insidious. They didn’t announce themselves as something that had changed in my body. It just felt like it had always been this way. I began to wonder whether I had ever been any different. It’s like a personal form of gaslighting! So, it’s such a relief to realise that I’m not having a nervous breakdown, am not an awful, angry anti-social person, don’t have to cancel my life, and can find ways to cope. My hope with writing this article is that you find some comfort and normalisation...
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The Lie That I Had To Face About Myself

There was absolutely no way I was going to state my weight in front of my husband, the pilot and 6 other passengers, but the truth was that I didn’t know what I weighed because I hadn’t stepped on a scale in two years. I was rattled because the stakes were so high. I needed to pick a number that was as large as I thought I looked because I didn’t want to bring the plane down....