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You May Not Be “Past That!”

November 2nd, 2021

By Lorraine Miano, for the NABBW The information in this article is provided for educational purposes only. If you have a health concern, please contact your healthcare provider.   “Oh, I’m past that.” When a woman asks me what I do, and this is her response. The thing is, as a post-menopausal woman, you are far from “past that.” Let me explain. As a certified health and hormone coach specializing in menopause, I hear from women in all stages of this natural phase of our reproductive years. Perimenopausal women often don’t even realize they have entered this phase and... Read More

Take Back Your Sleep

December 23rd, 2010

Take Back Your Sleep By Cathy Lee Taylor NABBW’s Expert on Menopause Menopause results into trouble sleeping for so many women. We wake up too many times in the night to go to the bathroom. Our restless legs wake us up. As our hormones continue to shift (typically declining) beginning with peri-menopause throughout menopause and post-menopause, we experience more hot flashes and night sweats that interrupt our nightly rest. Even small amounts of light and noise can wake us up and stimulate our nervous system making it difficult to fall back to sleep.  All of these things can leave us feeling... Read More

Urinary Tract Infections – 6 Ways to Prevent Them During Menopause

July 7th, 2010

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in women. This female tract is more susceptible to infections during menopause due to a reduction in hormonal support from the body. This system is meant to remove the body\’s fluid wastes and is more vulnerable to multiplication of bacteria which can lead to a nasty infection. Though not typically serious, they can be very painful and most often the symptoms disappear quickly after treatment with antibiotics. Most women experience this kind of infection at least once in their lifetimes, often caused by sexual intercourse.... Read More

6 Secrets to Relieving Vaginal Dryness During Menopause

December 14th, 2009

Vaginal Dryness happens to many women as they age and reach menopause. With time the mucus membranes within the walls of the vagina begin to get thinner and lose elasticity. Estrogen production in the ovaries is less and may cause thinning of the vaginal lining. In itself this does not normally cause any problem – unless the lining of the vagina becomes inflamed and dry in which case it becomes very painful. Vaginal dryness is medically known as \’atrophic vaginitis,\’ and it sounds like a disease, though it is not. It can be overcome with simple remedies, such as, a good nutritional... Read More

Hot Flashes & Night Sweats – How to Use Vitamins and Herbs to Reduce Both

November 11th, 2009

Hot flashes vary in intensity for different women but they remain among the most talked about symptoms of menopause, mostly because they are so uncomfortable. About 80% of the women in America experience flashes (hot flushes that move through the body in a wave) and night sweats (waking up with wet pjs and bed sheets) during the peri-menopause and menopause years. Some women have them for a few short years while others still experience them into their 70s. Hot flashes happen when the body produces less estrogen and progesterone for a variety of reasons caused by aging. Flashing can last from a... Read More

Indigestion and Bloating During Menopause – How to Get Relief

October 13th, 2009

So many women report that menopause comes along with gastrointestinal distress causing uncomfortable symptoms such as indigestion, flatulence and sudden bloating. Not only are these annoying and embarrassing, they can also be quite painful. During menopause, gastrointestinal bloating is caused when air fills the abdomen, creating a full feeling. Even though your stomach remains the same size, your pants probably feel tighter and your waistline just seems to keep expanding. Excess intestinal gas is produced by bacteria in the intestines. Sugar located foods often contribute to the growth of this... Read More

7 Natural Ways to Relieve Bloating and Eliminate Water Retention During Menopause

September 15th, 2009

Menopause brings on symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings, and for a lot of women retaining water and the resultant bloating is of great concern because it can lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, HRT has been known to cause water retention in some women. The journal of British Menopause Society published this is March of 2006: Drospirenone is a new progestogen in hormone replacement therapy with anti-mineralocorticoid activity. This anti-mineralocorticoid activity counteracts water and sodium retention, helping to reduce the likelihood of fluid retention that some women experience with hormone... Read More

Heart Palpitations & Menopause – Here\’s A Quick Way to Relieve Them

May 13th, 2009

Menopause isn\’t typically a life threatening condition – but in extreme cases, it can bring upon symptoms like rapid heart beat that feel like it is. The occasional feeling that your heart “skips a beat” does not necessarily indicate a serious medical problem. For those with menopause, rapid heart beat should be monitored by your doctor to check for a mitral valve prolapse which is a mild deformity of a heart valve. Palpitation is when the heart races repeatedly without any sign of stopping. It\’s not only extremely uncomfortable, it\’s downright frightening.... Read More

Headaches During Menopause Can Escalate, Find out What You Can Do

February 13th, 2009

During the mid-life phenomenon known as menopause, changes in headache type, duration and intensity are more common. Throbbing, explosive headaches can pain the sides of your head, and your energy become totally depleted. The slightest opening of an eye can cause a ripple of pain to burst on one side of your fragile head, leaving you in physical ruin. Menopause is known to heighten such uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable symptoms. Menopause and headache changes, specifically, migraine headaches cause a repetitive stronger-than-normal headache that resides on one side of your head. During menopause,... Read More

How to use Essential Oils to Treat Thinning Hair

January 13th, 2009

Aromatherapy dates back to the Egyptians and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of bodily conditions. Losing hair causes both women and men anxiety and has generated a multi-million dollar industry. But studies show that inexpensive, home-grown remedies might just be the best answer. Aromatherapy consists of concentrated flower extracts, leaves and roots from different plants that aid regeneration. This kind of hair loss is referred to in medical terms as Alopecia Areata. It\’s a patchy kind of baldness thought to be related to an autoimmune disorder. Scottish dermatologists,... Read More