It’s World Menopause Day

Yep. That previously taboo subject is now discussed in the open. How women dealt with “it” before they could ever talk to anyone about it, god only knows. But we are talking about it now. Menopause. Menopause. Menopause. So much so, that there is now even day named in its honor.

Indeed, today, October 18 is World Menopause Day. And we are thankful for it. Honestly, it's not that World Menopause Day is such a fun celebratory day. Anyone having experienced hot flashes just a few moments ago will agree. There's lots to curse at. But we are thankful that the open discussions, raised awareness and, shall we say, the embracing of menopause has provided room for increased information, knowledge and solutions to the nasty byproduct symptoms.

Here are some of our favorite resources:


Hot Flash Havoc – We've mentioned this DVD before and it's worth repeating again. And even worth putting it as the first item on our list. Essentially, everything that we thought we knew about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is most probably incorrect. It appears that much of the threats about HRT being the cause of breast cancer and heart attacks is false, for most women, under most conditions. Anyhoo, we ain't no doctors, but we were impressed with the content of this DVD. You can read more about what we wrote about it last year and, of course, consult the Hot Flash Havoc website to view the trailer and find out more… for your own curiosity.
The Wisdom of Menopause By Christiane Northrup – I bought this book (probably the first edition) before I was even near menopause. I think I was looking for information because no one I knew was even thinking of talking about this. That was also before Dr. Northrup became a favorite of Oprah's and talked about this stuff a lot. If you have a penchant, as I do, for integrative and alternative medicine, this is THE go-to book on the subject. And even though it's extremely popular, I feel a need to mention it here as well as I noticed that many women my age to which I mention it, do not know about it. Read it! It's worth visiting Dr. Northrup's website as well.
  The Menopause Makeover by Staness Jonekos –  Miffed and frustrated by your ever expanding middle section? To me, that's more upsetting than ANY of the other symptoms of menopause. I was reminded of this very well recommended and acclaimed book as I was preparing this piece. I have just ordered it. I will let you know how it goes. But you will probably have to pay me to post “before” pictures. Consult Staness Jonekos' website for more information, tips & resources too.
  Cranium Crunches – You might have noticed (If you have not, you are not menopausal and you should leave this page tout de suite!) that we tend to have more “senior moments”. Arghh. These are especially upsetting when they happen in professional settings or in front of new acquaintances that don't know how smart you really are “normally”. Did you know that the brain needs exercise too, to stay nimble and smart and quick. We wrote about that here. To play brain games for free, visit Cranium Crunches. 
  Perrie Meno-Pudge – And, how can we ever survive Menopause without laughing and commiserating about it? Don't think it can be done. For that, you will want to visit Perrie Meno-Pudge, a cartoon/humor site just for women our age. Whatever the cartoon of the day is, you WILL relate. Ouch.

Happy Menopause Day! Pass it along!

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7 Responses to It’s World Menopause Day

  1. Anne (@notasupermom) says:

    Frankly, menopause scares me a little. I’m nervous about losing my “juice” and growing chin hair.

    At the same time, my friends say there is a growing sense of coming into your own. That seems worth everything but the chin hair.

  2. Thanks for all these great resources. I’ve been fairly lucky in that I haven’t had many menopausal problems, except for those pesky chin hairs. I spend way too much time with the tweezer in front of my magnifying mirror.

  3. It is glorious once you pass this right of initiation. No bleeding, no cramping, no more moodiness…I feel better than ever… The hot flashes weren’t a picnic, but they are history now too.

  4. jenn says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I have survived menopause, and lived to tell the tale. Check out The Tao of Turning Fifty, for a survey of the emotional ups and downs, and some journaling questions to inspire you on your journey through mid-life. I absolutely love Christiane Northrup’s take on menopause, that we are being wired for higher wisdom, more intuition, and self-knowledge. She really inspired this book, as well as the many interviews I did with mid-life women to explore their transition time. It’s not only about the hot flashes, it’s a huge wake-up call to a woman’s psyche – screaming Take Care of Me. Stop ignoring me! It’s like your inner life becomes just as important as your outer life….and the need for rest, solitude, time alone, grows too.
    thanks for the info,

    • Audrey says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Jenn. Speaking for myself, I found it very hard to go from worrying about and taking care of everyone else to focusing on myself and not feel guilty about it. Sometimes we need ‘permission’ and to know we are not alone. Please feel free to share a direct link to your book.

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