The Dreaded Urinary Tract Infection After Menopause: Is There A Cure?

WARNING: Real Talk Ahead A few weeks ago, at the age of 55, I experienced my very first bladder infection. Throughout the years, I have known women (and men) who suffered with UTIs and sympathized with them, but had never – until  recently – experienced the ~ugh~ myself. My first question: How the hell did […]

The Amazing Power of the Humble Flaxseed

In my 20s, I did nutritional research that lead me to the powers of the humble flaxseed. I started to include them in my/our diet, but I couldn’t find a way to incorporate them consistently, so I stopped eating them. Change is hard, isn’t it? Last year, as I proceeded through treatment for breast cancer, […]

Perimenopause Can SUCK IT #15: Keeping Your Cool

Perimenopause is a beast: a hot, sweaty, cranky, beast. Let’s talk taming hot flashes. ~to the fire extinguisher!~ * Disclaimer: All information in this series is based on my personal experience and is not intended to take the place of your doctor’s advice. Typically, hot flashes are a by-product of reduced estrogen in a woman’s […]

What To Do About Sexual Dysfunction Post-Menopause

Oh, man. Who else just broke out in a sweat reading that post title? NOT A HOT FLASH! I’m going to put a caveat right here so NO ONE can say I didn’t warn them… CAVEAT: REAL TALK ABOUT SEXUAL FUNCTION POST-MENOPAUSE A small survey was taken (1,858 post-menopausal women, 45 and older – median […]

Perimenopause Can SUCK IT #14: Scratch That Itch

Perimenopause is a wild ride, as we have seen HERE  and HERE and, aw hell, just know it’s W-I-L-D! We’ve got mood swings, weight gain, muscle loss, joint pain, insomnia, sexual adjustments (oh my!)…GAA!…it just keeps on comin’, no matter how many times we tell ourselves the worst is almost over. One of the lesser […]

Perimenopause Can Suck It #11: Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Risks

Dang it.  Just when we’re almost ready to say ADIOS, AUNT FLO! we encounter an entirely new, sometimes foreboding landscape facing our health. Ladies, let’s pay attention to our changing health needs as we march forward (like the fierce warriors we have grown to be) on this sometimes perilous road in our journey. Breast Cancer […]

Perimenopause Can Suck It #10: Losing Muscle Mass

As we age, we lose muscle mass.  It’s a natural occurring process known as sarcopenia, a diagnostic term derived from two Latin words, “sarco” for muscle, and “penia” for wasting. For women, this muscle mass reduction and the overwhelming symptoms of perimenopause such as crashing fatigue, depression and hormone loss, can lead to weight gain.  […]

Perimenopause Can Suck It #9: The Dreaded Brain Fog

I can’t believe that we’re already up to nine posts on the subject of how Perimenopause Can Suck It. This series started innocently enough with Post #1 and here we are, eight more later.  Just so you know, it’s not over yet.  I still have a few more informative (horrifying?!) posts to bring you up […]

Perimenopause Can Suck It #8: Negating the Negative

Oh, perimenopause, you are a cruel mistress.  How do you sucketh? Let me count the ways: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7.  Dang, that’s a whole lotta suck. Most women know that perimenopause can start in their 30s (THE HORROR!) and continue on until their 50s (THE HORRIBLE HORRORS!).  What you may not know […]

Perimenopause Can Suck It #3: Caffeine is a No-No

Or, as I should have really titled this post: No, I Won’t Give Up Coffee During Perimenopause’s Death-grip on Me The news is not good.  The theory that caffeine makes the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause worse is almost universally accepted as fact, Jack. To which I say, PLLLLTTTTTTT! Seriously.  Touch my coffee and I […]