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It’s not in your head: Menopausal brain fog is real. Many menopausal women have trouble with working memory, as well as keeping themselves focused.
Ellen Dolgen is a women’s health and wellness advocate, menopause awareness expert and author of the book Shmirshky: The Pursuit of Hormone Happiness. Dolgen also founded "Menopause Mondays," a weekly blog post designed to broaden discussion of menopause and women’s health issues while providing a quick reference for the latest menopause news and research. Dolgen’s mission of ending the embarrassment and confusion surrounding menopause has led her to serve on the community advisory board of Scripps Memorial Hospital; create a women’s health and wellness program providing educational events for a diverse range of businesses and organizations; and host EllenDolgen.com, an acclaimed online center for menopause and wellness engagement.
Because perimenopause is so stealthy . . . many of us find ourselves wondering if we’re imagining things or if we are
just going crazy. The answer is, ‘yes, it is real and no, you’re not going crazy.’
Magnolia Miller is founder, owner, women’s health writer and educator at Pink Zinnia Publishing and Health Communications. Miller holds a professional certification in Healthcare Consumer Advocacy for women, and is continuing graduate research at Antioch University Midwest. After experiencing the frustration of perimenopause in her early 40s, Miller founded The Perimenopause Blog, a health blog and center for women feeling marginalized through their perimenopause and menopause experiences in the medical system. As her blog has grown in popularity, Miller has collaborated with other women’s health and menopause blogs, contributing to MenopauseChitChat.com, EmpowHer.com, VibrantNation.com and Wellsphere.com.
While many healthcare professionals have personally experienced menopause, very few have actually received professional training or information to help others.
As a menopause care specialist for the last four years and a women’s health provider for more than 20 years, Dr. Barb DePre has come to believe only a small fraction of physicians have the training background required to help women in menopause with their sexuality. Dr. DePree founded MiddlesexMD to provide clinically sound information for women, along with guides for working with partners and caregivers.
Andrew Weil, MD
Biomedical Hormone Health
Women reach the menopause years typically around the age of 50. When this happens, a variety of physiological changes
and associated symptoms occur that can sometimes have a profound impact on their lives.
After receiving his medical degree from Harvard University and years of experience practicing natural and preventative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil, serves as founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center as well as clinical professor of medicine, professor of public health and the Lovell-Jones professor of integrative rheumatology. As an internationally-recognized expert on healthy lifestyle and healthy aging through a philosophy of integrative medicine, Dr. Weil has sold approximately 10 million copies of his books while serving as editorial director of DrWeil.com, a columnist for Prevention magazine and a contributor to a variety of medical and wellness publications.
The amount of changes facing a woman entering perimenopause is mind-blowing. Books to read, opinions to digest, studies to review, creams to try, vitamins to swallow . . . who is RIGHT?
Shirley Weir is founder of Menopause Chicks, an acclaimed online resource for menopause and perimenopause tips and guidance. Her personal mission is to “crack open” the perimenopause and menopause conversation.
Why is it so hard for some women to talk about menopause? The mere mention of the topic elicits a horrified look, promptly followed by a long pause and a 'yeesh.'
Holly Osterman is the founder of Menopause ChitChat, an online community for women in menopause, inspired by her own desire to learn as much as possible about menopause in her own life.
Kris T. Smith
My Menopause Fix
The change in a woman’s life should be embraced and thought of as a time to look after ‘her’ – after all of the work you have done, raising kids and looking after a partner. When have you REALLY made time for yourself?
Kris Smith is a personal trainer and nutrition expert with a focus on women over 40. After growing up with a physical disability and the accompanying struggle to find confidence, Smith became impassioned by exercise and nutrition, formulating a system to help women lose weight and improve their mindset.
Friend For The Ride
My own [breast] pain seems to get worse after a salty restaurant meal. I’ve never been sensitive to salt, so it’s taken
me a while to figure this out.
Barbara Younger founded her blog, Friend for the Ride, after experiencing her own journey through the “midlife roller coaster” of menopause and feeling the desire for the encouragement and support it inspires. Her blog covers the ins and outs of menopause, as well as other aspects of womanhood. Younger is a published writer, holding an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches writing at the collegiate level.
I think women have given up hope there’s really nothing we can do about the little symptoms that keep adding up.
Over the years we have been given prescriptions to mask [these] symptoms. . . with no real answers."
Maria Hoag, MBA, is an expert in menopause and perimenopause, bringing nine years of clinical experience to the field. Hoag runs MenopauseMoxie.com, an online center for answers about menopause, perimenopause and the effects of hormone deficiencies.
The Menopause Makeover
Menopause is different for every woman. The experience is not “one size fits all,” and there is no simple recipe to manage menopause. Once we gather credible, reliable information, applying it can be frustrating.
Staness Jonekos is co-author of the book The Menopause Makeover and its accompanying website. Jonekos has dedicated a large share of her career to women’s issues, including being one of the original executive producers of Oprah’s Oxygen Media, co-creating Oxygen Media’s "Be Fearless" campaign. While at Oxygen Media, Jonekos produced and directed Who Does She Think She Is!?, Oxygen Women’s Forum and Just Cause, featuring celebrities and their causes.