Are We Overlooking Menopause?

It’s one thing to be unfamiliar with menopause. Assuming you’ve heard the word, your mind likely conjures up all kinds of things, and probably none of them too flattering. Why the negativity? Because menopause – the very normal, physiological change most women experience (unless otherwise medically mediated) – can wreak all sorts of havoc as …

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Migraines and Menopause…What’s the connection?

Migraine headaches are a gender specific healthcare issue, especially since many migraines are hormonally triggered.  As such, providers in the field of gynecology need to be inclusive of this issue in treating the “whole” woman.  Currently, we as healthcare providers do a very poor job of diagnosing and properly treating migraines early.  When we fail …

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What exactly is Perimenopause?

Most women, when asked “what is menopause?” can answer the question.  However, much confusion and ambiguity surround the time in a woman’s life known as “perimenopause”, something we take a deeper dive into here in this blog post! First of all, the word “perimenopause” literally means “around menopause”.  It refers to the transition period between …

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Red Hot off the Press

February is American Heart Month, and the Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness for women’s heart disease. Most people unfortunately still think of heart disease as a men’s health issue, but the truth is that more women die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men! In that spirit, I would like to make mention of …

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Pause, Sure. But Stop? Never!

It’s part of my job as a reproductive social worker, a mother of daughters, a woman, and a human being to talk about, research and consider how women move about in the world. The conversation and contemplation is endless, of course – every facet of womanhood is multi-layered, complex and deeply personal. The topic of …

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Perimenopause, Wait What?

When I turned 40, a friend was constantly asking me, “do you need reading glasses yet?” Actually, I didn’t. And remember feeling that she almost wished I did (we are no longer friends!). But sooner or later, it became harder for me to see the small print in the phone book. Oops. I’m showing my …

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C’mon, Facebook – Own Up and Step Up

Say what you will about Facebook. Whether you are on #teamFB=spawnofsatan or #teamicanlivewithoutoxygenbutnotwithoutfacebook, the social media giant has had a hold on our society (and lots of others) for years. Despite security breaches that have affected millions of users (and, of late, a democracy or two), the much-maligned behemoth is now facing a new kind …

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