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Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,
I had a hysterectomy in 2009 and within a year I went into menopause with hot flashes, night sweats, migraines and dizziness. I have been seeing a neurologist and apparently, my migraines are causing disequilibrium. My GYN ordered me off Yasmin before surgery and told me I would not need any hormones after surgery. But, 2-3 weeks after surgery, the menopause symptoms hit me hard. I just want to feel myself again. Help!
This month, a syndicated radio program requested an interview with me about women at menopause and how they were communicating with their clinicians. The interview will air next month and I certainly will share the link with you so that you can hear the conversation. So, stay tuned.
This topic excited me as I know many women are not communicating effectively with their clinicians, and this results in them not getting their concerns addressed. Many health decisions need to be made at menopause. Frequent issues, like dealing with symptoms and other medical problems, need to be addressed. A conversation about these topics may require longer time with your clinician because it involves more detailed information to be discussed.
Terri Coleman, Direct Marketing and Digital Web Manager for TENA and blogger for Terri's Cafe (RHM Sponsor)
Everyone knows that communication is a key factor in any relationship. Women tend to be most comfortable opening up to friends and loved ones, but what about that other important person in your life – your doctor! According to a recent survey conducted by TENA, a leading brand of products for bladder weakness, a majority of baby boomer women do not effectively communicate with their doctors about “sensitive” personal health issues including bladder weakness, low sex drive or even menopause. If these changes in our bodies are so common and simply a normal part of life, why are we so hesitant to discuss them?
The survey of 1,000 U.S. baby boomers revealed that only 16 percent of women are likely to immediately contact their doctor when they experience an embarrassing health issue or symptom. That means that as many as 84% of us are staying silent – an alarmingly high number. The survey also revealed that the significant communication gap between baby boomer women and their doctors can be attributed to a number of factors including embarrassment and the assumption that their symptoms are a normal part of aging. In fact, the survey found that 67 percent of boomer women are less likely to discuss a symptom with their doctor if they perceive it as a “normal part of aging.” But ladies, just because our bodies change as we age doesn’t mean you shouldn’t discuss those changes with your doctor. Let’s face it, if the change is significant enough for us to notice, then that alone should be the reason to inform your doctor.
Sharee Lucius, River Oaks Hospital & Woman's Hospital Assistant Director of Marketing
On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Woman’s Hospital hosted its first Red Hot Mamas event at the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood, MS. Forty-four women attended the seminar to talk about menopause. The topic of the night was “What’s Happening to Me? My sleep, My moods, Myself.”
Chris Wiggs, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Jackson Healthcare for Women, was the host for the night. Dr. Wiggs graduated and did his fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He is on staff at Woman’s Hospital and has been on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since January 2004.
The event allowed women to be in a fun, safe, comfortable environment to discuss and learn more about menopause. Menopause has always been a “behind the door” conversation. Now, Woman’s Hospital is opening the door and offering expert medical advice and guidance to help guide women through the transition from one stage of their lives to another. This program is designed to help prepare and educate women on recognizing the symptoms of menopause and teaching them how to effectively manage these related changes.
Karen Giblin, Founder and President, Red Hot Mamas
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates
Understanding this thing called menopause is rather difficult for some of us. Especially when you have your personal summers all year long. . Yes, it’s hot (and not in the Paris Hilton sense of the word). Stay cool, breathe deeply and slowly, exercise regularly, avoid personal triggers—sounds easy, right? It’s all excellent advice, but sometimes it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Another often forgotten piece is diet and nutrition.
I have teamed up with Dr. Mache Seibel to unveil the often ignored aspects of managing menopause symptoms through food in our new cookbook, Eat to Defeat Menopause. Combining easy to understand health information with delicious and healthy recipes, the book illustrates how foods can truly transform your menopause. This book offers a wealth of information and the latest news about menopause to help you take better care of yourself now and in the future.
What most people don’t know is that what you eat and drink can affect menopausal symptoms. Certain foods contain phytoestrogens, which may help reduce hot flashes. These include foods such as edamame, tofu, and soy yogurt or milk, and even flaxseeds, sesame seeds, garlic , hummus and others.
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