FabOverFifty recently polled 100 women from our community to learn about your bone health.
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Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry is on a mission to “de-stigmatize menopause, save the menopausal vaginas of America and start the Menopause Romance Revolution” with her groundbreaking and entertaining documentary, Love, Sweat & Tears, now available to watch at home on iTunes and Amazon!!
If you’ve been cleansing your vagina with drying soaps and body washes — stop right there!
Our friends at Uniderm want you to scrap the soap, and give your dry and delicate vaginal tissue the hydration it needs, especially after menopause. As part of its #ScrapTheSoap campaign, five lucky ladies will win the company’s wonderfully effective Lubrigyn Cleansing Lotion and Lubrigyn Cream.
Made in Italy, the Lubrigyn line of feminine care products has been tremendously popular with European women for years, and is now available in the US!
If you haven’t yet been through menopause, some of your FOF sisters reveal what they wish they knew before they had! Kellie explains it perfectly.
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“[After menopause] my vaginal symptoms were severe and I decided I needed to do something about it,” says 63-year-old Patricia Hensley, who experienced unexpected changes once she hit postmenopause, including painful sex. Patricia is among many women who experience postmenopausal vaginal atrophy. Curious about what the common symptoms are and what treatment options are available? Take our quiz and learn about one way women can alleviate these symptoms!
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Vaginal tissue needs a far more delicate cleansing and hydrating treatment, especially during and after menopause, when it becomes dryer and thinner. Treat this sensitive region right with a hydrating formula like Lubrigyn Lotion, and you’ll experience benefits you thought you lost forever, including comfortable and satisfying sex! (more…)
The kids, at last, are adults! You’re no longer working from dawn till dusk. You finally have time to rest…yeah right! Insomnia is driving you crazy. Maybe it’s menopause, your husband’s snoring, a pee call, or worrying about your daughter’s new boyfriend with the nose piercing.
We asked how many hours of sleep you get, and these are some of your best answers.
“Most nights, I will doze for maybe 30 minutes to an hour. After five to ten days of this, I may fall asleep in the daytime for 2 to 3 hours. Then back to none. Insomnia bites the big one.”
If you’ve not yet entered the menopausal transition, read about the experiences of 20 FOFs here. If you’re lucky–like Paulette, Sally C, Rosa, and Jan–you’ll get off scot free. But don’t wait to find out. Arm yourself now with the knowledge you’ll need to avoid a horrible time later.
This post is sponsored by Cynosure, the distributors of MonaLisa Touch.
“We’ve broken the taboo of saying the word ‘vagina,’ and it’s about time!” says Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty.“I’m delighted that conversation about sexual health is out in the open, when women no longer are embarrassed to discuss intimate issues.”
Almost six months ago–Wednesday, April 20th, to be precise–I put on my first Estradiol patch, which dispenses 1 mg of estrogen a day through my skin.
I started taking estrogen again after bidding it adieu seven years earlier, because I could no longer stand what was happening to my body without it. Weight gain. Thinning hair. Lipid levels out of whack. Skin sagging on my face, not to mention elsewhere. Bones weakening.
It was especially disturbing when the cardiologist I was seeing started pushing statins to lower my cholesterol, and I mean pushing. My good and bad cholesterol numbers had always been impressive (a doctor once joked that I could get infusions of bad cholesterol and still have great numbers!) but they started creeping up, post estrogen, and it took me years to connect the two. The cardiologist, a woman in her fifties, didn’t have a clue about the benefits of estrogen for our lipid levels, or heart health, but she sure sounded like she was a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical companies that sell statins, one of the most prescribed drugs in the US.
I recently had a full blood workup and a fasting 24-hour urine test and, lo and behold, my cholesterol numbers markedly improved. Here’s how they look.
Although my overall cholesterol, at 206, is still a bit high, the numbers that are far more significant are the 20 percent improvement in LDL (bad) cholesterol and a 19 percent improvement in non-HDL cholesterol.