Happy Menopause Awareness Month!

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September! Do you believe it? We’re more than halfway through.

But while you’re thinking about fall sweaters or football (love it/hate it) or apples, apples, apples, pause to remember that September is National Menopause Awareness Month. That Silent Passage isn’t so silent anymore.

The Hormone Health Network designed the fun bra graphic above. (Here are some of my thoughts on droop and The Girls.)

The network’s Menopause Map helps you determine where you are in the menopause journey.  Check it out here.

Menopause Map

Click here to read their comprehensive guide to menopause. Don’t miss this excellent resource.

Guide

Thank you Hormone Health Network!

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And no matter where you are on the menopause road, Happy Menopause Awareness Month!

I’m always looking for guest posts, especially posts about menopause. Please email me (address at right) if you’d like to write one.  Let’s share our stories! For as Todd Stocker tells us, “Stories give color to black and white information.”

Giveaway Winners! I’ve been lax this summer about posting the names of giveaway winners, but here’s the latest list. Congrats to Kay Lynn and Jo, who won Menopause Mops; Stephanie who won Susan Gabriel’s Fearless Writing for Women; and to Audrey, who won an Affirmation Card Deck and print from Marylou Falstreau.

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    • Thanks! So hard to know if we should be happy about The Great Pause or not, but I do find there’s something to menopausal zest. Your new career as a health coach, for example!

      On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM, Friend For The Ride wrote:

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  1. Thank goodness we can talk about menopause now! I remember my Mother talking about some one’s actions as she is going through ‘the change’ with a raised eyebrow and hushed tone so I knew not to ask any questions.I never understood what so and so was changing into but the implication was not for the better!

  2. Now that I’ve crossed over to the other side, I look back on the years spent actually doing the crossing with a bit of a chuckle. Man I took myself seriously! There was some tough sledding, that’s true. But now that I look back, I see I should have laughed more. I guess that’s my advice (unsolicited) to women in the various stages of “The Change” – laugh more. No matter what’s happening, take a minute, find something funny, and laugh.

    Oh, and I also remember my Mom avoiding the subject of menopause. When my sisters and I started getting older, we asked her about it and she just shrugged her shoulders and said it was no big deal. But, we remember some very strange behavior through those years… hmmmm. I’m glad things have changed and I’ll be able to tell my daughter the truth when her time comes. And then I’ll remind her to laugh. 😉

    Thanks, Barbara, for sharing this information. Happy Menopause Awareness Month!

    • My mum was the same, ‘the change” was something that was only referred to in hushed tones and never when there were any males around! I’m so glad that things are different nowadays.

      By the way, perhaps it’s a bit ironic picking a month as the length of time for menopause awareness!

  3. Oh, and I found something to chuckle at right here. When I noticed the “pause” symbol on the graphic and logo, I had to laugh. Pause? It got me thinking: Shouldn’t “menopause” really be “menostop”??? I mean, you can’t push ‘play’ and start it up again. Ha! That just made me chuckle. I had never thought of that before I saw the graphic. tee hee!

  4. Wow! Patti’s right! It’s not menopause — it’s menostop!

    Trying to understand more what MenoMap might be. . .I think I may have clicked onto a different
    one or entity on Google, but the commentary said, “Just as a new online tool called the Menopause
    Map has emerged, a new survey suggests 72% of women experiencing menopausal symptoms
    have not received treatment for them.”

    Woahh… one moment, please.. . .Do we NEED treatment? Okay, I ask again. “Do we need
    TREATMENT”? What does treatment mean? Seeing a doctor? Taking hormones?

    Yikes, worse, yet….seeing ourselves as mentally unsound, possiblly?? . . .!!

    Point is this…. Okay. . ., on this I’m showing my age. .. and now to the earlier topic area . . .

    “Burn your bra!!”

    Yes, as in the 60’s” mantra”… and/or perhaps even now… Especially anything with underwires
    which can hurt — In more ways than physical discomfort, I’m sad to possibly say.

    In the 60’s, it was more of a social movement thing, but later we did learn that bras with underwires
    could possibly cause real problems (constrictions in blood and lympth flow, etc.). So, enjoy your femininely wonderful bra. . .without the hardware!!) Oh, and yes, I don’t work for “anybody’s secret!”

    So enjoy a soft, happy “uplifting life”! and most of all,

    Be Happy! and, Happy Menopause Month!!

    • I agree about challenging the assumption that we need ‘treatment’. OK in some cases we may choose to seek help to alleviate the symptoms a little (just as we may have chosen to when we used to suffer from PMS before the menopause), but it shouldn’t be assumed that we NEED to do so. At least nowadays it’s ok to acknowledge that we are prone to hot flushes (we call them that, rather than flashes here in the UK) and ask if it’s ok to open a window now and then or fan oneself with a paper to cool off. Maybe I’m lucky that there are others of a similar age in our office!

      • Not sure about the phrasing “treatment,” but I do think it’s a time when we need good medical guidance. For example, i went through great trauma with pain and thought I had prolapse. Turns out it was just dryness, easily fixed by a tiny amount of Premarin Cream. Had I been warned this might happen, I would have never gone through the agony that I did. I think doctors and other health providers need to do a better job of letting women know what to be on the watch for.

  5. Yes, I agree with what Barbara said. I had some unpleasant and unusual changes in perimenopause; I actually think I know what Barbara meant by being worried about “prolapse!” Many of us are worried when our body changes – what is this?; something is wrong!, it’s not right!. Is this an “abnormal” change? – and in my case, it prevented me (not usually someone who likes to see doctors) from even SEEING a doctor for quite some time). When I did tell a doctor (when I was in perimenopause) that I reaaaally felt that I needed some estrogen, I was told that doctors don’t usually prescribe estrogen for a woman in perimenopause because her hormones are fluctuating too greatly. But, the dryness could have been easily remedied with an estrogen cream.

    Long story made short, I suffered with this for years. In menopause (finally, yes!) I was able to use a specially compounded estrogen cream, “estriol,” and it was wonderful! But, I never thought of this as a “treatment.” Okay, maybe “treatment” is just “medical” jargon.

    Although, in spas, women (not me, don’t I wish?) often have “treatments” applied, right? So, maybe I shouldn’t have been so LOUD about this use of the term “treatment.” Maybe “treatment” is not always a “clinical” or “medical” kind of thing. My suggestion: We use the term “REMEDY”!

    I’m not against using some remedies that have to be medically prescribed, but the whole hormone supplementation thing does get slightly more “complicated” after we get well into our mid to late 50’s. But for now: Retraction: Treatment is not necessarily “negative” in our discussions about menopause!

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