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My mother-in-law once said I talk to hear myself talk. That comment did not make me happy (and yes, I loved my mother-in-law). I do admit, however, that I’m a huge talker. But during ...

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Woman examined at gynecologist office

If you glean nothing else from the topic of menopause and fertility, let it be this: You can still get pregnant until you have passed the one-year mark since your final period! Not ...

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Perhaps you’ve heard about how Japanese-American women have been dealt some lucky cards at the menopause table, suffering the fewest hot flashes of any ethnicity. Maybe you know that ...

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Facing Menopause and Learning Together

If you are in a long-term committed relationship, you know that anything in life that seriously affects you or your partner affects both of you. This is certainly true of any important physical ...

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Female feet on a bathroom scale

For many women going through menopause, weight gain can be incredibly frustrating. No matter how many salads they eat or walks they take, the number on the scale keeps creeping upward. What is ...

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The North American Menopause Society sends this encouraging message about menopause: “Many women experience a newfound sense of freedom and anticipate personal growth.” They’re right! Here are ...

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Couple on bed

There’s a little-used adage that the brain is the biggest sex organ. For the 1.1 billion post-menopausal women and their partners expected by 2025, that’s a good thing since such ...

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Woman with headache

Can Menopause Cause Headaches?

Years ago, when you had your first period, you probably figured out quite quickly that hormones can cause more than just monthly bleeding. Irritability, upset stomach, depression, acne, ...

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How to Explain Hot Flashes to Men

The physical and emotional changes a woman goes through during menopause can put a significant strain on even the happiest of partnerships. What used to be a loving, harmonious, and peaceful ...

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Women on picnic

Spoiling. The word worries us. We’re afraid to spoil our children for fear they won’t grow into responsible adults. We’re afraid to spoil our pets for fear they’ll ...

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Couple meets with therapist

For many women, menopause is a time of intense physiological and emotional change. This time of life creates huge challenges for a woman to manage. However, how does menopause affect husbands ...

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A 2015 article in Menopause lists the five most common menopause-related symptoms: vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, disrupted sleep, and weight gain. The list goes on to ...

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Almost everyone knows what a hot flash is but here are some facts not everyone knows. Study up and amaze your friends with your hot flash expertise.

Flowering Black Cohosh Plant

For some women, menopause symptoms are mild and can be controlled with simple lifestyle changes. For others, menopause symptoms make it difficult just to survive the day with their sanity ...

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Woman adjusts thermostat

There is a running joke in my family, and sadly, I am the butt of it. I have been hot-natured for as long as I can remember. If I had to guess, I would say it goes back as far back as ...

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Group of friends around a table

When my friend Carey was 52, she attended the opening of a new restaurant. In the middle of the festivities, she experienced a hot flash. Her face went beat red. Beads of sweat shone on her ...

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Menopause by the numbers

The most basic number associated with menopause is 100 – as in 100 percent of women will go through menopause once they reach a certain phase in their lives. But it’s far more complicated than ...

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Woman sips coffee

The phase of a woman's life called menopause can bring with it a wide variety of challenges to overcome. Hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and changes in sex drive affect many women as ...

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Woman thinking

Hot flashes are experienced by up to 80 percent of women going through natural menopause and over 90 percent after a hysterectomy. The two years before and the two years after the last ...

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Woman meets with her doctor

As I approached menopause, my doctor never warned me I’d face challenges. When sex and then simply walking became painful, I feared pelvic floor prolapse. Luckily, after a visit to the ...

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When Hot Flashes Strike at Work

I love posting heartwarming menopause stories on my menopause blog. And yes, there are heartwarming menopause stories! One of my favorites is the story of Sirena Pellarolo, who worked as a high ...

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Woman has trouble sleeping

Tossing and turning is not my idea of great sleep. I want to hit my pillow and fall into dream-town, but lately that’s not where I’ve been finding myself.

Instead, I’m in the heat of ...

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Women use smartphone

When I was in fifth grade, my friend Carolyn showed me the calendar she used to track her periods. She circled those days with a red pen. Standing next to Carolyn’s desk in 1965, I never would ...

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woman suffers from hot flash

Hot Flash Fact or Fiction?

Unfortunately, the hot flash can be about as blazing (and uncomfortable) as the name implies. Find out how knowledgeable you are about them with our quiz. It just might help you have a better ...

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Empty bed

“Are you ready for an awesome time?” I asked as I answered my girlfriend’s phone call.

“Yes, of course, I just have to fit everything in my suitcase without it breaking” she ...

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Exercise: A Menopause Lifeline

During the roller coaster of menopause, walking was a lifeline for me. My gym friends and I pounded the treadmills as we discussed everything from relationship woes to world events to the ...

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hot flash treatment

Many women dealing with menopause and hot flashes never follow through with getting treatment from there doctor. But treatment is important for your hot flashes, no matter if they are severe or ...

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Women in a flower shop

When florists have hot flashes, they can do what my friend Mae Lee does. Mae Lee hurries to the walk-in cooler at the Flower Patch, the shop where she works. Surrounded by roses, lilies, ...

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Woman meditates

Not every woman will need – or seek out – treatment for their menopausal symptoms. For some, the symptoms might be mild enough to forgo treatment and will eventually go away on their own. Yet ...

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Lady in park

It’s a hallmark of the American tradition that somewhere around preschool or kindergarten we’re all taught we’re unique. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is trying to reintroduce ...

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Woman sips cold ice tea

Not all women experience the same symptoms of menopause; but even if they do, their experiences vary. Wondering about the most common signs and symptoms of menopause and how they make you feel? ...

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Age Menopause Starts

Your first period. I bet you’ve never forgotten it. Mine was on my 13th birthday. I knew to expect my first period, but I sure was shocked to see that blood.

My mom had ordered me a ...

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Woman with datebook

What is Menopause?

Medically speaking, menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle. And according to The North American Menopause Society, NAMS, it is estimated that in the 21st ...

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hot flash headache

What is a Hot Flash?

If you are somewhere between the ages of 40 to 50, chances are you’ve experienced at least one hot flash. Why 40 to 50? Because that’s the time when many women begin to enter perimenopause on ...

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