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Are You Menopausal? Congrats and Welcome to the Club!

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
 
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I recently was featured on the cover and created an article for the November issue of My Menopause Magazine. Thank you to the Editor of the magazine and member of EmpowHER's Medical Board, Dr. Mache Seibel. I love the magazine and everything he is doing for women around menopause and happy to be involved.

I wanted to share the article I wrote for the online magazine published just this week. You can learn more about the magazine and subscribe to it through iTunes.

Are You Menopausal? Congrats and Welcome to the Club!

For all the negative press menopause gets in our society, you’d think it was a four-letter word. But as a women’s health advocate who is in menopause, I’m here to tell you this can be the best time of your life!

Here in the United States we tend to think of menopause as hitting the downhill slide. Life is half over and things will only get worse from here. But Dr. Mao, a 38th generation doctor of Chinese medicine, taught me that in China menopause and midlife are thought of as a “second spring”. It’s the time in life when children are older and more self-sufficient and women have both the time and the wisdom to contribute to the world in new ways.

That’s the way I prefer to think of menopause.

Here are a few things I think every woman should understand about menopause:

Hormones aren’t horrible
If you’re like most women, you probably know you have hormones. But do you actually know what they do? To put it simply, hormones are chemical messengers that help your body regulate itself. Hormones help regulate over 400 different things in your body. That’s huge!

If you hear “hormones” and think of estrogen for women and testosterone for men, you are on the right track. But those reproductive hormones are just two of the many hormones at work in both men and women. In addition to regulating reproduction, hormones also interact with each other to regulate metabolism, temperature and many other body functions.

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Anonymous

The women in my family tend to get uterine cancer in their early 40's. I am expecting my diagnosis to come in for it any time now. I really don't give a damn about it, except that will be the final nail in the coffin for my dreams of having a baby. In my next life I'm gonna try to be born rich so if I have these problems again I can either afford treatment, afford adoption, or at least have a good enough bank account so I can be a foster mom.

November 10, 2013 - 10:11pm
saradietz

Michelle,

You look amazing on the cover and what a fantastic story to go along with it!

November 7, 2013 - 5:05pm
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