Menopause

Sharecare and a Trip!

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Sharecare has named me a a Top Ten Social Healthmaker on Menopause.  Way cool! Thanks, Sharecare!

Sharecare is a site created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeffrey T. Arnold, founded of WebMD.


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I share the honor with sisters in the Great Pause, and one gentlemen. Here are their names and links to their blogs:

Ellen Dolgen–Shmirshky.com

Magnolia Miller–ThePerimenopauseBlog.com

Barb Depree, MD–MiddlesexMD.com

Andrew Weil, MD-Dr. Weil.com

Shirley Weir–MenopauseChicks.com

Holly Osterman–MenopauseChitChat.com

Kris T. Smith-MyMenopauseFix.com

Barbara YoungerFriendfortheRide.com

Marie Hoag–MenopauseMoxie.com

Staness Jonekos–MenopauseMakeover.com

You can read more about them on the Sharecare site too.

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Do check out the menopause pages. Lots of good info.

Because of Sharecare, I’m off on a trip!

A menopause trip!

The North American Menopause Society invited me, and the others, to their conference this week in Dallas. NAMS is paying my conference admission, and I’m footing the rest.  (The newlyweds live in Dallas, making the decision to go quite easy.)

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NAMS has plenty of menopause info our their site too.

Back to the trip.

These are the lectures I will hear: North American Menopause Society Scientific Program.

And I’m going to a pre-meeting symposium titled “Vulvovaginal Health:  Let’s Talk About It.”

Yikes!

I blush when I type the word.

Not sure I’m ready to talk about it.

But I’m ready to listen.

Anything for Friend for the Ride…

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Menopause

Menopause: Not Tonight Dear–The Silent Symptom

Watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my favorite ways to goof off.

Do you remember this one?

Marie takes a sculpture class and proudly presents her creation to Raymond and Debra.

They, along with brother Robert, are aghast. The sculpture reminds them of, well, they really don’ t want to say. Afraid to tell Marie what they are thinking, they keep their impressions silent.

And that was my Friend for the Ride way to get brave enough to speak up, to help break the silence, about the unspoken subject of vaginal atrophy.

The recent Partners’ Survey, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, revealed that many women, and their partners, are reluctant to talk about this problem.

The results of the survey were presented in October at the meeting of the North American Menopause Society by Dr. James A. Simon. Here’s part of a summary sent out by Novo Nordisk:

Vaginal atrophy is a chronic condition that affects the vagina and the surrounding tissues during and after menopause due to the declining levels of estrogen.

Vaginal atrophy may negatively impact one’s quality of life due to symptoms like:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal irritation
  •  Itching in and around the vagina
  •  Pain and bleeding during intercourse
  • Vaginal soreness
  •  Painful urination

Up to 75 percent of menopausal women may experience vaginal dryness, a symptom of vaginal atrophy.

Yet despite the high prevalence, only 25 percent of sufferers will seek medical help. Vaginal atrophy is still considered a taboo subject, and many women are too embarrassed to discuss the condition, even with their healthcare professionals.

It is so sensitive that 70 percent of women say their healthcare professionals have only rarely or never raised the subject with them.

Women also do not discuss the condition with their healthcare professionals because they think vaginal atrophy is a natural part of growing older and that nothing can be done about it.

Me again:

Let’s break the silence and talk to one another, our partners, and our healthcare providers about vaginal atrophy. Some good remedies, including local estrogen therapy and systemic hormone therapy, are available.

This site enables you to check out your symptoms and find advice on how to speak to your doctor:  www.myvaginalsymptoms.com

In another episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Marie and Frank shock the rest of the Barones when they reveal that their romantic life, despite their age, is hot!

Perhaps Marie spoke up to her doctor.

Is it your turn?

Watch part of the episode here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpppJ5ecnW8

Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, Perimenopause, PMS

A Great Resource: The North American Menopause Society

Founded in 1989, the North American Menopause Society is, in their words:

North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.

Its multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 leaders in the field – including clinical and basic science experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, anthropology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and education – allows NAMS to be uniquely qualified to provide information that is both accurate and unbiased, not for or against any point of view.

See how important we menopausal types are. There’s a whole society in our honor.

And wow, is their website an amazing resource.  Here is the link, front and center, so you can’t miss it:

http://www.menopause.org

You’ll probably find the most  useful information in the section headed “For Women” (as opposed to the section for healthcare professionals):

http://www.menopause.org/Consumers.aspx

Do learn your way around this excellent resource.  The section on sexual health in menopause is quite well done, and especially useful as the sex stuff can hit you with a bang (no distasteful pun intended) and can be awkward to talk about:

http://www.menopause.org/sex.aspx

Thanks, American Menopause Society.

I‘m off to BlogHer on Thursday, thanks to the Estroven Good Sleep Challenge. If you’re going and want to meet for breakfast or lunch or a drink, shoot me an email!

Dry Babe!  In thanks for your enthusiastic response to the Dry Babe sleepwear giveaway, Wendy Collettt is offering Friend for the Ride readers a 15% discount. When you check out, use the code Friend15.