Meet A New Kind Of Gynecologist

A sea change is taking place in the medical profession: Many female doctors, who once practiced gynecology and obstetrics, are dropping the obstetrical part of their practices to concentrate on the feminine sexual health of their aging patients.

This is a significant development for women in perimenopause or menopause, who now are opening up more about the dramatic physical–and mental–changes they’re experiencing, and turning to their doctors for advice and help.

doctorDr. Alyssa Dweck is one of these doctors. Based in Mt. Kisco, New York, she has been in practice for over 20 years and is associated with Northern Westchester Hospital. She also is an assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and has an appointment with Mass General in Boston.

FabOverFifty was pleased to sit down with Dr. Dweck to discuss this exciting news for our community.  She’s “thrilled” about the attention being focused on feminine sexual health.

WE ARE, TOO!  
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WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO STOP PRACTICING OBSTETRICS TO FOCUS ON WOMEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH?

I decided to stop delivering babies about a year ago.  I noticed that my practice was aging as I aged, so I see a different demographic now than I did when everyone was becoming pregnant and delivering babies. Now I’m focused on women in their post childbearing years, and I decided to get specialty training in the field of female sexual health. I took a two-year intensive course in female sexual health from Dr. Michael Krychman and Dr. Susan Lee, experts in the field. It’s such an important field for women, and it’s about time the taboo of this subject has been lifted a bit. I now teach SEXMeD with Dr. Krychman.

WHAT IS CAUSING THIS BREAKTHROUGH FOR WOMEN?

bookPart of it is thanks to people like you, in the media, who are bringing up women’s medical issues. There is nothing pornographic talking about female sexual function, and many female gynecologists are getting questions about this now that it’s in the media. Women can learn about sexual health in the privacy of their own homes. Some of this interest also comes from age and wisdom. It’s a maturity thing,  It’s a good thing. It’s a great thing!

I wrote a book in 2012 called V Is For Vagina, with Robin Westen. Producers were afraid to feature it on the morning news because they were freaking out that we used the word ‘vagina.’ Women were afraid to bring up problems and questions, but we’ve come a long way to bring this subject to the forefront. We’re getting ready to put out a second edition.


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Win A Year’s Supply Of Avlimil, A Natural Menopause Supplement

If your life has been turned upside down by menopause symptoms, this is the giveaway for you. Whether it’s occasional night sweats or constant mood swings, menopause is disruptive and unpleasant for many of us in our 50s. That’s why our friends at Vianda are giving away a one-year supply of Avlimil to three lucky ladies.

Trusted by millions of women, Avlimil is a once-daily natural supplement, made with organic ingredients. This specially blended formula highlights two powerful ingredients 1.) phytoestrogen genistein, an estrogen-like compound derived from soybeans, and 2.) black cohosh root extract from a Native American plant, that has been well researched to relieve menopause symptoms. Additional ingredients include organic sage leaf extract, organic red raspberry leaf, organic cayenne pepper, organic damiana leaf, organic ginger root, organic licorice root and organic valerian root. These ingredients have traditionally been used by herbalists to support hormonal changes in women.

When taken continuously, this natural supplement can help relieve hot flashes, alleviate night sweats, diminish mood swings, and reduce irritability to help you get back to feeling balanced and back to your lively self.

300Are YOU experiencing disruptive menopause symptoms and not already seeking treatment?

Enter to win a year’s supply of Avlimil by completing the form below. After you’ve entered, tell us about your most troubling menopause symptom in the comment section below.

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By entering this giveaway, sponsored by Vianda, you agree to receive emails from Avlimil and FabOverFifty.

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3 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes February 29, 2016 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

 

What You Need To Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves as we age is to stay on top of the health issues that could arise.  After all, “knowledge is power,” as Francis Bacon, the English philosopher, so wisely said.


February is AMD Awareness Month, and chances are, you know someone who has this common condition, but you probably don’t know much, if anything, about it. The fact is, with over 2 million Americans suffering from the disease and 7 million at risk, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55 years old, and the number is expected to double in the next four years.

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To help educate our community of exceptional women about AMD, FabOverFifty has joined the #AMDawareness campaign, sponsored by EyePromise.


WHAT IS AMD?

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90% of people with AMD experience “dry” AMD, which is the thinning (or deterioration) of the retinal pigment epithelial (tissue) cells in the macula. These cells support the light sensitive photoreceptor cells that are so critical to vision. When we look at something, the photoreceptors (called rods and cones) gather the images and send them to the brain, where vision takes place.

The macula is an oval yellowish area surrounding the fovea (the center most part of the macula), near the center of the retina of the eye. This tiny area is responsible for our central, sharpest vision and controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

The macula is crucial for our central vision, and, as the disease progresses, our central vision begins to fail. The presence of lipid (a fatty protein) deposits, called drusen, has also been associated with the disease. While drusen likely do not cause age-related macular degeneration (AMD), their presence increases a person’s risk of developing AMD.

Drusen alone do not usually cause vision loss. In fact, scientists are unclear about the connection between drusen and AMD. They do know that an increase in the size or number of drusen raises a person’s risk of developing either advanced dry AMD or wet AMD (which can occur as the disease advances). These changes can cause dramatic vision loss. An ophthalmologist can detect drusen during a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

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Dry AMD can progress, in about 10 percent of patients, to become wet AMD, where blood vessels form under the retina, and leak blood and fluid into the eye, according to AllAboutVision. Wet AMD further (and more quickly) distorts the central vision, and can ultimately lead to blindness.

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Vision becomes distorted (i.e. a straight line looks wavy) and blurred, and we lose the ability to see clearly in dim lighting.

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Provide Pleasure for Your Man in a New Place (On His Body)

header-lineThe reason could be physical. Or, he’s so anxious about finances, he can’t focus on lovemaking.

Landmark studies by University of Chicago researchers found that one-third of men between 50 and 64 years old suffer from erectile dysfunction, and that figure jumps to approximately 44 percent for men between 65 and 85. Although most of these men have the option to take drugs to stimulate erection, many simply refuse.

Even though your partner can’t satisfy you with a traditional erection, there are enough alternatives to keep you happy.  But you love him and you know he’s frustrated, and upset. If both of you are willing to try something new that will give him great satisfaction, if not an erection, try giving him a prostate massage.

LELO, the world leader in intimate lifestyle products, saw a 200% sales increase in male anal pleasure products in 2015, and expects as much as a 400% increase in 2016. “This will be the year we see a huge revolution in mainstream sexual attitudes,” says Steve Thomson, chief marketing officer at LELO. If you’re blushing or horrified at the thought of this, it might help to know a little about this small male gland. We asked Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a New York urologist in private practice, to be our teacher.
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Do You Ignore THIS Menopause Symptom?

Many of us think dry eye is a natural part of aging, and so we do nothing about it.

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Following menopause, however, our hormone fluctuations can disrupt our eye health. FOF recently spoke with Sean Mulqueeny, O.D. of Mulqueeny Eye Centers in St. Louis, to get the low-down on the relationship between dry eye and menopause.

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What happens during menopause that can cause dry eye?

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How Menopause Is Disrupting Your Daily Life

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Are Your Menopause Symptoms Worse Than Everyone Else’s?

It’s always enlightening to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues (and some not so complex issues), then we report the results back to you!

THIS WEEK, WE’RE CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS. ANSWER OUR POLL, SPONSORED BY AVLIMIL, TO SEE HOW THEY COMPARE WITH THOSE OF OTHER FOFs.

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The unavoidable cold season is here! To stay prepared, we’ve joined the #StayHealthyWithCVS campaign, sponsored by CVS, which is giving away a winter wellness set to one lucky winner.

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How To Beat A Cold Quickly (And Protect Yourself In The Future)

If you’re in warm weather this winter, lucky for you! But for many of us, we’ve entered the brrr season.

We’re more prone to colds in the winter because the cold virus (rhinovirus) replicates faster in colder weather, according to numerous studies. We also spend more time indoors and are in closer contact with others, and their germs.  Disruptive symptoms (which can seem to go on forever) include “runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, headache or body aches, and some mild tiredness,” says Papatya Tankut, registered pharmacist and vice president of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health.

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