A Woman’s Time Menopause Research Study




A request from the folks at A Woman’s Time:

We are doing a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an experimental herbal product in menopausal women with hot flashes and night sweats. Participation for women in the study would last about three and one-half months and would require 4 visits to our office in Portland, Oregon. Payments to you of $20 will be made for each of the last three visits.

We are seeking women over 45 who have an average of 5 or more hot flashes and/or night sweats per day (at least 35 per week) to test the herbal product to see if it helps.

To see if you might qualify for this study, please click on the questionnaire here. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer. You may stop the questionnaire at any time. If you do not qualify for this study, some of the information you give, but not identifiable information about you, will be stored until the end of the study.


Looking Forward to Menopause? Yes! Here’s Why…


Witch Hexing

Happy Halloween! Hope it’s pleasantly scary and filled with candy that suits your every sweet tooth.

Candy corn

This witch made the mistake of not looking forward. She was hexing while flying!

But speaking of looking forward, I love this list on Everyday Health of eleven reasons to look forward to menopause. Check them out here.

The article outlines the physical advantages of menopause such as no more periods and no more PMS. Then it goes on to the intellectual and emotional reasons to look forward to the Great Pause.

Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel, an endocrinologist at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, suggests that menopausal women “ask themselves if they’re headed in the direction they want to go, both professionally and personally, and whether the way they’re spending their time is meaningful to them.”

There’s that heading in the right direction again!

What about you? 

Have you changed directions? Or are you thinking of it?


The misguided witch above graced the lawn of my neighbor, Linda Ostrand, last Halloween.

Lower Dose Vaginal Cream: Please Sign the Petition!



Lower dose vaginal cream rescued me a few years ago. I went from horrible pain to feeling myself again in one treatment.

Leading menopause expert Ellen Dolgen is joining the North American Menopause Society’s campaign to have the labeling changed on lower dose vaginal creams.With Ellen’s approval, I’ve posted her message. Please join me in signing the petition.

Take it away, Ellen, and thanks:

Attention all vagina owners!

On November 10, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a workshop in Silver Spring, Maryland on the subject of the product labeling of lower-dose vaginal estrogen.  This workshop will also provide public comments and testimonials on this subject.

Lower dose vaginal estrogen, commonly referred to as LET (local estrogen therapy) is used for women who are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Genital itching
  • Burning with urination
  • Urgency with urination
  • More urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Light bleeding after intercourse
  • Discomfort with intercourse
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity
  • Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal

The medical community has many names for this condition: dyspareunia, vulvar and vaginal atrophy or Genitourinary (Don’t worry, I can’t pronounce that either.) Syndrome of Menopause.  For our purposes, let’s call it dry vagina!

Dry vagina occurs when there’s a drop in levels of estrogens, produced by the ovaries. Estrogens maintain the structure and function of the vaginal wall, the elasticity of the tissues around the vagina, and production of vaginal fluid. When it comes to the vagina, thin is out!

As if graying hair, sagging tatas and expanding waists weren’t enough, we now find out that our vaginas are aging too! If you feel you’re left high and dry, you’re not alone. Vaginal dryness affects as many as 75 percent of postmenopausal women. Between 17 and 45 percent of postmenopausal women say they find sex painful, according to The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

It is important to understand that dry vagina is a progressive condition that adversely affects the health and quality of life for many postmenopausal women.

LET is estrogen applied directly to vaginal tissues, so it goes directly to the affected area, withminimal absorption of estrogen into the bloodstream. LET is available in creams, a ring (this one is not diamond encrusted) and a tablet.

According to NAMS, low-dose vaginal estrogen is very effective against atrophy-related pain during sex, with up to 93% of women reporting significant improvement and 57% to 75% reporting that their sexual comfort is restored. Improvements in vaginal moisture and health typically occur within a few weeks of starting therapy, although relief from severe vaginal atrophy can take several months.

Here is how you can support this effort:

Detailed information about this workshop is provided here. The meeting will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31, Conference Center, Section A of the Great Room (Room 1503), Silver Spring, Maryland, 20993. Entrance for the public meeting participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1.

Citizens’ Petition

NAMS has published a commentary in the September 2014 issue of Menopause to encourage modifications to the product labeling of low-dose vaginal estrogen (Manson JE, Goldstein SR, Kagan R, et al. Why the product labeling for low-dose vaginal estrogen should be changed. Menopause.2014;21:911-916). If you would like to indicate your support for this proposal, please sign the Citizens’ Petition here. Deadline for signatures is November 10th!

It’s been about 10 years since my vagina was found stranded on a desert island and took my sex drive with it! Since rescuing it, my life is full, happy and satisfied. Remember: Your symptoms are treatable. You can have a happy vagina again!

Please share with the sisterhood!

Ellen Dolgen

About Ellen Dolgen: 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.

#Kegelface! A PeriCoach Campaign




Ever since my surgery last year for endometrial cancer, it’s been especially important that I do my kegels. If I get lazy and stop, I’m in trouble when I sneeze. (Actually it usually takes three sneezes in a row).

What’s cool about kegels is that you can do them anytime, anyplace, and no one knows. So when PeriCoach announced #kegelface, their new campaign, I agreed to join in. Above is my #kegelface. I’m at the bottom of the slide at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. We had a blast there with my grandson Mazen last week. Any place is a good place for kegels, including the bottom of a sliding board!

Kegels work, and I so appreciate PeriCoach’s effort to spread the word in a fun way. I’ll be putting my #kegelface out on social media. I’m hoping you will too!

Here’s the scoop from PeriCoach. Do check out the links to the National Association for Continence and the Voices for PFD. Both websites have plenty of information for women:

Bladder leakage is a topic many prefer to cover up rather than talk about or fix even though it affects millions of women. The company behind the new PeriCoach® System – a pelvic floor muscle training device + smart phone app – hopes to change that.  Their new campaign, called #kegelface, encourages women to post their “Kegel faces” on social media to demonstrate they are taking back control of their pelvic floors through regular and smart Kegel exercises.

Kegels are pelvic floor muscle training exercises and considered first line treatment for urinary incontinence (UI).  About one in three women will experience UI at some point in their lives, typically after childbirth and around menopause.

“We know that pelvic floor muscle training is very effective for reducing or eliminating urine leakage, but like any exercise program, women have to be inspired to take that first step and start a daily regimen of exercise to see results,” said Leslie M. Rickey, MD, Departments of Urology and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine.   “As physicians, we struggle with ensuring patient engagement with their pelvic floor health once they leave the office.  #kegelface is a way for women to stay connected with these important exercises and also unites the millions suffering from bladder control issues.”

Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration and available by prescription, PeriCoach, made by Australian company, Analytica, is designed to take the frustration out of a regular program of pelvic muscle floor training.  PeriCoach provides real-time feedback that is beamed to a smartphone so women and their clinicians can track progress.

As part of #kegelface, PeriCoach will donate to the National Association for Continence and Voices for PFD (Pelvic Floor Disorders), part of the American Urogynecological Society (AUGS).

“It’s exciting to be part of a campaign designed to help empower women to manage the health of their pelvic floor,” said Steven G Gregg, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Association For Continence.  “Many women want to take control of their health and performing Kegel exercises properly is certainly one way in which they can make a difference.”

“AUGS is pleased be a partner in #kegelface. It is a fun way to raise awareness and get women reengaged in this important exercise that if done right can make a difference,” said Michelle Zinnert, Executive Director, Voices for PFD.

In appreciation of participation, the company will offer women who post their “Kegelface” to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts along with hashtag #kegelface a discount code for purchase of the PeriCoach. A downloadable Rx form for signature by a clinician is available from www.pericoach.com.

The #Kegelface campaign follows “Leakers Anonymous,” an internet campaign PeriCoach introduced earlier this summer and viewed by hundreds of thousands around the world.  Watch here.

#Kegelface social media campaign runs from October 20th to the second week of November to mark Bladder Health Week 2015.

Learn more about PeriCoach at www.pericoach.com

pericoach-with-phone-copyI received compensation for this post. I know from personal experience that kegels work, and I’m pleased to participate in the #kegelface campaign.