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Belinda1-RT-Approved-333x500Menopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you.

This month, we share stories from a few bloggers, and a Go-Go, about how they’re handling menopause, then we throw in a few hot flashes and touch of insomnia.

Belinda Carlisle Opens Up About Menopause

When I was a teenager, I never imagined a day in which I’d be writing a blog about one of my favorite singers ever being in menopause (heavy sigh). The Daily Mail interviewed Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go’s, who discussed her struggles with menopause and how she manages her symptoms. And while I’m really happy Belinda has found some relief, I’m in total denial that she and I are going through menopause together.

Hot Flashes on the Job?

If you’re a menopausal woman, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ve been caught off-guard by hot flashes at work. Maybe they struck while you were sitting at your desk or, worse yet, during an important meeting. Suzanne Cassidy of the Lancaster Online offers some useful tips on how to “power through” and suggests drinking plenty of water, purchasing a fan, wearing lots of layers and, of course, being kind to your coworkers who may be facing hot flashes, as well.

The Battle Between Menopause and Puberty

Adolescent girls are not always known for their sunny dispositions. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. We judged, thought our parents were awful and worried constantly about fitting in. In a recent Huffington Post blog, Shannon Bradley-Colleary reflects on how hard she was on her parents during her teenage years. Life can be funny, though. Shannon’s daughters are entering puberty as she’s starting her own journey through menopause. What a delightful combination.

Still Waiting for the Menopause Party

Tracy Morrison’s life changed when her doctor uttered those three simple words—“You’re in menopause.” After all, Tracy’s only 45 and the one person she could remember who hit menopause in their 40s was Ma Ingalls. Might not be the best company. So how did Tracy respond? By writing a hilarious blog for Huffington Post. Check out her 12 Sure Signs of Menopause. You’ll relate.

Struggling to Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

If you find yourself unbearably tired, can’t get by without that afternoon nap, or are slightly more grumpy than usual, something’s going on. Christy Hall, of the Annie Penn Sleep Center, says it could be time to talk to your doctor. Missed sleep has a profound effect on us during our waking hours and you just might need a little help during menopause.

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There’s going to come a point in every woman’s life when the topic of menopause will come up in conversation. You might be sitting in your doctor’s office, chatting with friends at lunch or talking to yourself while you have your first hot flash. In any case, you’re going to have to start making some decisions. Are you going to let menopause happen to you or are you going to take the bull by the horns and show menopause who’s boss?

The majority of women panic or try to rationalize how they’re feeling. Menopause happens to other people and, besides, they’re too young. What is menopause anyway? They gingerly tiptoe around the subject trying to get women to open up about what’s going on. Or deny that it’s even a possibility. This is perfectly normal. It takes a while to get a grip on our sensibilities given that hormones are turning us in to people we don’t recognize.

For some of us, though, those menopause conversations spark an idea. A ‘‘what if?” moment. Deb Neuman seemed to have just such a moment. Inspired by talks with her girlfriends, she started a blog, Not Your Mother’s Menopause. It ranges in topics from menopause and middle age to salad recipes and money matters. But it didn’t just stop there, because once you have a blog you need a way to promote it. And that’s where the Menopause Emergency Kit came in. We should all have one of these in our purses.

What exactly is in this kit? Well, it contains over 20 items such as chewing gum, a moist towelette, aspirin and a bunch of other helpful items all packed into a small sardine can. Efficiency at it’s best. Not only will it make you smile, but it may just come in handy at one point. If only we could squeeze in a little bottle of wine, we’d be all set.

I’m grateful to Deb and her friends for getting together and sharing their stories with one another. We all need to get better at talking about menopause because, whether we want it to or not, it’s definitely a part of our future.

If you’d like to learn more about Deb or her emergency kit, visit her at Not Your Mother’s Menopause.

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