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Living your best life in menopause and postmenopause

Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about menopause and postmenopause or you’ve experienced them first hand: Hot flashes, weight gain, unbearable fatigue, crying jags, insomnia, panic attacks, dryness, mood swings, depression, bloating, and more. For 85% of women, these stories are true. However, don’t despair because there is hope and help. I know first-hand how you feel, because I’m right there with you, As a Nutritionist, co-creator of a website dedicated to menopause (WeareMorphus.com), and a woman who has been through perimenopause (the months or years leading up to menopause) and who is in menopause and looking forward (yes!) to many vibrant years in postmenopause, I have done endless research, spoken with countless numbers of women, interviewed hundreds of experts, and lived my menopause talk. Knowledge is power Among the many things I’ve learned since beginning my menopause journey (which began at 42, right after I had my third child), is

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Menopause: Natural part of life but social taboo

In my house, menopause is not a taboo subject. I talk about it openly with my husband, two daughters and son, and I want them to do the same with me. After all, they are all here with me as I am transitioning into my third act of life. It really is a family experience. For the most part, the only people who talk about menopause are women near or in middle age. However, the more we discuss this change of life, the less mysterious and shameful it will become. Sure, there will be some discomfort and embarrassment around “the talk,” just like there is around the puberty talk. Yet about half of the world’s population enters this natural stage of life, so it seems a bit odd that we have reached a point after many millennia where menopause is still considered taboo.   But not for much longer. Western society

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Herbal aids for menopause symptoms

First, women have to deal with menstrual cramps. Then, they have to manage life with health issues related to menopause. Whether women are working through perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause, there are herbal remedies that can improve their daily lives. Before beginning an herbal-remedy regimen, women should talk to their pharmacist or health care provider. Not all herbal remedies are regulated, and they could have varying levels of pesticides or other unnecessary ingredients. Your health care provider should be able to advise you on the best brands. Some women work with an herbalist to get the blend just right for their menopausal symptoms. Black Cohosh Stated by Your Herbal Remedies Guide, one of the most touted herbal remedies for menopause symptoms is black cohosh. Studies have given it mixed results on reducing hot flashes, but many women swear by it for relief. Despite the mixed results on its efficacy, black cohosh

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Understanding perimenopause

This natural stage of life can last from two to 10 years, with a grab bag of possible symptoms from negligible to severe. But don’t worry, help is out there. A couple of months after my 40th birthday I start waking up at night in a sweat and my clothes aren’t fitting the same. The luxury of a solid sleep has vanished and constant fatigue has ensued. My periods used to be manageable—now I have the flood gate open once a month. My mood? Well, let’s just leave it at “I’m moody!” Is it perimenopause already? Am I too young for this? A woman has not started menopause until she has had one full year without a period. Perimenopause, on the other hand, is an ill-defined period of time lasting anywhere from two to 10 years. It often starts in the mid-40’s, but for some women it starts in the 30’s. During these

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