Years ago, women rarely talked about menopause. They usually accepted the fact that they were going through “the change,” dealt with their symptoms, and moved on. Think about it. When your mother had her first hot flash, where did she turn to find out what was happening to her body and how to find relief?
It’s funny how times have changed. Nowadays, we’re surrounded with information and resources. Just Google the word “menopause” and you’ll get over 18 million search results. But that’s the problem. When you’ve got so much advice, guidance and insight at your fingertips, it’s difficult to know just where to start.
So how can you navigate the maze and find the menopause websites that make the most sense for you? Well, it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you need information and want to learn more about symptoms and treatments, for example, here are a few ideas:
Dr. Christiane Northrup is an internationally renowned author and physician. You may have seen her PBS specials or read one of her best-selling books, including The Wisdom of Menopause or The Secret Pleasures of Menopause.
Project Aware is a website by women, for women and offers comprehensive information, articles, and health links. The 35 Symptoms of Menopause is incredibly useful in helping you recognize the early signs.
Red Hot Mamas is on a mission to broaden women’s knowledge about menopause and empower them to become educated healthcare consumers. And they’ve been successful in bringing that knowledge to communities across the country. Their Red Hot Mamas program is licensed to hospitals and is offered free to women and their families.
360 Menopause was founded by wellness expert Gail Edgell to assist women in living a vibrant, symptom-free second half of life through education, medical options, community and referral networks. Gail can help you take control of your menopause. And you can check out many of her videos in our menopause forum.
Women to Women was started over 25 years ago by Marcelle Pick and others to help change women’s health naturally. Through their website, online programs, clinical practice and publications, they have helped over five million women a year better understand their health.
The North American Menopause Society is more of an information database, but offers helpful research, publications, and newsletters. And if you’re looking for local medical advice, the online physician referral engine is a very useful tool.
Let’s face it. Knowledge is important, but sometimes you just need a little something to lift your spirits. If you want to experience the lighter side of menopause, these websites may be just what the doctor ordered:
Planet Sweet Pea incorporates humor, wisdom and smart medicine in a series of DVDs and booklets covering most of life’s trickier times. Project Sweet Pea is the brainchild of Jan Brehm, who uses her own real-life experiences to help couples understand what their partners are going through during uncomfortable midlife changes. And if you need a laugh right now, check out her Don’t Touch Me menopause rap song. It’s hilarious.
Perrie Meno-Pudge uses the healing power of humor to help women navigate the daily roadblocks of midlife. Founded by two longtime friends, Perrie Meno-Pudge cartoons have been featured in newspapers and magazines across the country.
Minnie Pauz, also known as the Rebel with the Pause, helps you tackle menopause with a sense of humor. Dee Adams also offers a lot of practical information about menopause, as well as a free Minnie Pauz newsletter.
And if you want to take a more proactive approach to managing your menopause symptoms, you have to check out the Menopause Makeover. Created by award-winning television writer, producer and director Staness Jonekos, the Menopause Makeover is a twelve week program designed to help you look and feel great again. Be sure to visit her website and pick up a copy of her bestselling book.
Finally, there are dozens of invaluable menopause blogs—written by experts, gurus, or women just like you—that offer helpful perspectives about the journey through menopause. In fact, there are so many, we’ve decided to showcase some of the best in a future blog post. Stay tuned.
These are just a few websites that you might find informational, inspirational or entertaining. But there are so many more. Have you stumbled upon any that we may have missed? Or do you have your own menopause website our readers might enjoy? Share a link and tell us about it.