Kim CattrallMenopause 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.

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Kim Cattrall Talks “Sex” and Menopause

Actress Kim Cattrall, who played fun-loving Samantha Jones on “Sex and the City,” recently opened up about her menopause experiences, both on- and off-screen. As part of a new campaign with Pfizer, Cattrall recalls her first hot flash and acknowledges how hard it is for women to talk openly about menopause.

NAMS Announces New Menopause App

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) just launched a free iPhone/iPad app to help women work more closely with their doctors. MenoPro guides users through treatment decisions for a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Better yet, the app considers your personal preferences, such as your choice between hormonal vs non-hormonal options.

Treatment Options: What You Need to Know

Trying to figure out how to manage your symptoms, but just can’t make it through another clinical website or boring menopause article? Freelance journalist Janice Lynch Shuster wrote an informative piece in the Washington Post from her own, unique perspective, while interviewing several experts about various treatment options.

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, and…Spontaneous Combustion?

Just when you think you’ve cornered the market on menopause misery, you read someone else’s experiences and realize you’re not alone. In a recent Huffington Post blog, Jacqueline Wilson shares her hilarious menopause adventures during a weekend in south Florida. And possibly one of the funniest descriptions of a hot flash you’ll ever read.

Exploding Six Popular Menopause Myths

So one morning you wake up and—voila—you’re in menopause, right? In an article reprinted on, writer Linda Melone debunks six common misconceptions about menopause, including weight gain, painful sex, and the link between heart disease and hormone treatment.

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Dr. Marla ShapiroWe recently had an opportunity to chat with Dr. Marla Shapiro, medical expert and trusted guide to personal health and well-being, especially for women. Dr. Shapiro, while running her own family practice, is also a medical consultant, television show host, and columnist for The Globe and Mail. She is the recipient of the 2005 Media Award from the North American Menopause Society for her work in expanding the understanding of menopause. Her current focus is debunking the myths and misconceptions about bladder health as an expert for Always Discreet.

For those of our readers who aren’t familiar, what is a sensitive bladder and how does it impact our lives and relationships?

A sensitive bladder is the involuntary loss of urine, whether it’s a light leak after you sneeze or a heavier leak when you can’t get to the bathroom in time. While as many as one in three women experience bladder leaks, across all ages, many patients are reluctant to talk about it with their health care provider. The impact on women can range from affecting quality of life and psychological upset to anxiety and even depression. Many women will avoid participating in activities such as exercising and dancing, because they have bladder leaks when they least expect it. It impacts relationships and intimacy, and therefore emotional health, as women fear sudden ‘accidents’ and possible odor. This is why it’s important to use a product like new Always Discreet, which can help alleviate these kind of fears. Its innovative product technology provides incredible comfort, protection, discretion and odor control, in a full line of pads, liners and underwear, specifically made for bladder leak protection.

Most women have experienced bladder leaks at some point when coughing, sneezing or laughing. At what point does it become a medical concern and not just an “oops”?

This kind of bladder leak is called stress incontinence. While it’s more common in older women, it’s important to discuss this with your health care provider to rule out reversible or any serious underlying conditions. Also, your health care provider can offer you lifestyle tips, such as cutting back on caffeinated beverages and spicy foods, which might help as well as how to best to manage your symptoms.

Marla, you’re a physician, TV personality, author, columnist and now a spokesperson for Always Discreet. What can you tell us about your new role and how this product can change a woman’s life?

The most important thing I do, whether in the office or on national television, is to educate women and empower them to make the best and right choices when it comes to their health. While lifestyle changes, medication and, on occasion, surgery may be indicated in management of these urinary issues, many women will also need an absorbent product. Eight out of 10 women are not using the right protection when it comes to their sensitive bladders. Many women take years to be adequately diagnosed and treated and, in the interim, are often cutting back on their activities. It’s important to educate women on products that can help them stay active, like new Always Discreet for sensitive bladders, which offers amazing protection and neutralizes odors. Women want protection AND discretion, and Always Discreet is a product that answers this need. Partnership in education is what my role is about.

As women age, we begin to face new health challenges, including menopause and its laundry list of symptoms. How can we prepare ourselves, both physically and mentally, for what lies ahead?

Menopause is a great time to take charge of your health and lifestyle. It’s never too late to introduce a healthy diet and exercise into your daily routine. Menopause is a time of transition and change and it CAN be a doorway of opportunity to invest in yourself!

Weight gain is an issue for many women as we approach menopause. It’s also a contributor to increasing bladder leakage. What are the ways in which we can better manage our weight during this stage of our lives?

As we get older, we need less calories and more exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Of course this can be challenging! The best way to manage our weight is to think of our investment in a healthy lifestyle that will incorporate being active and making healthy food choices. Small steps towards change are important. Set small goals to begin with – baby steps if you will. Incorporate these changes so that you can sustain them over the long run.

Between your personal journey and your commitment to women’s health, you’ve inspired so many women to make wiser choices. Where do you find the time and motivation to continue making a difference?

I think it’s simple really – if you love what you do, you will find the time to do it! Balancing it all can be a challenge, but as I like to say: balance one ball at a time, remembering to put that ball down to balance the next ball. Be it family, work or personal investment, all these balls need attention. One of my favorite words is “mindful” – and I think that is how to approach balancing all the things we all do.

Visit Dr. Shapiro at her website and learn more about her new book, Life in the Balance.


September Menopause NOW: Resources and Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss

September 30, 2014

Menopause 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. In our National Menopause Awareness Month edition of Menopause NOW, we take a closer look at […]

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Start the Conversation: An Interview with Marilu Henner

September 22, 2014

We recently had an opportunity to chat with Marilu Henner.  While you probably recognize Marilu as Elaine Nardo from the classic TV sitcom Taxi, she’s also an author, health guru, talk show host, producer, entrepreneur, director, dancer, singer, comedienne, and model. Her most important role, though, is as a wife and mom. With the energy […]

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10 Things I Learned at My First Dirty Girl Mud Run

September 14, 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog post about the Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run. At the time, and not having actually run the event, I was just hoping to inspire our readers to stay active and have a little fun. Little did I know that my next step would be signing up and spending an […]

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August Menopause NOW: Resources and Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss

August 31, 2014

Menopause 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. In our August edition, we explore just how menopause can impact our attitude, our health, and […]

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