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.


menopause giftMenopause 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.

As we dive into the summer months, we’ll take a closer look at anxiety, migraines and a fresh attitude towards menopause.

The Gift of Menopause

Sometimes, it’s all about perspective. Author, blogger and CEO Trudy Bourgeois rode the same emotional rollercoaster that many of us do during menopause. Then she found the way forward. In her latest blog at the Huffington Post, What the Gift of Menopause Has Taught Me About Self-Leadership, she describes the gift of menopause. She openly and candidly explains that menopause has allowed her to look at her life in a completely different way.

Roz Chast on Aging Parents

While it may seem a little off-topic, many of the members in our forum have described the challenges of managing both menopause and their aging parents. If the hormones and anxiety weren’t enough, the stress of caring for a loved one can prove too much to handle. But in her new book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, veteran cartoonist Roz Chast reveals the lighter side of a very serious subject.

Natural Relief for Menopause Anxiety

If you’re one of the many women who struggle with anxiety and panic attacks during menopause, you may want to check out a recent article in Bioidentical Hormone Health. Author AnnA Rushton shares seven natural ways to cope with anxiety, including herbs, supplements, mind/body breathing exercises and aromatherapy. And while there may be many options, you’ll have to experiment to find the right one for you.

Are Migraines Worse During Menopause?

New research seems to confirm what we’ve suspected for years: migraines do get worse in the years before and during menopause. According to Dr. Vincent Martin, professor of medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati, “In women who have migraine, headaches increase by 50 to 60 percent when they go through the perimenopause and menopausal time periods.” Martin also suggested that women seek the help of specialists and consider other treatment options.

Makeup Tips for Menopausal Women

Finally, and though we all spend a lot of time thinking about the emotional impact of menopause, sometimes our problems are a little more cosmetic. Celebrity makeup artist Bahar Niramwalla shares some tips in a recent article in The Globe and Mail. Her advice? Keep your eyes open to the words “oil-free” and “waterproof” and apply foundation sparingly.

Want to share your thoughts on these or other stories? Join the conversation at the menopause forum. Or, if you know of a newsworthy resource that might bring value to our members and readers, feel free to send us an email.

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