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Managed Menopause

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With all the symptoms that might be related to menopause, 35 to date, is it any wonder that we have days, weeks and months of feeling miserable? If they would all happen at once and for a set period of time, it would be easier to "manage" this time in our lives.

Most of the time it's 2 or 3 symptoms one day and then a couple more added in the next day, then a complete different combination a week later and on and on! Just when we think we've got a few symptoms under control, we're hit with something new. How in the world are we supposed to manage it, control it and live with it?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer! Considering the fact that 50 million women are all going to experience the changes differently, the answer is......you have to do what is best for YOU. To figure out what that is, you need to focus on your body, your lifestyle, your family history and your attitude. You have to decide if you're going to be a victim of this natural process or if you're going to research, prepare, experiment, educate yourself and come out on the "other side" a stronger, wiser woman! I think you deserve the latter.

We are so fortunate to have the internet to help us! It is a source of information, support and comfort that no generation before us has had. No more feeling alone. No more blindly following one doctor's rigid thought process. No more feeling like we're crazy! But we still need to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and make the most out of the resources we have available. We need to take responsibility for our individual efforts to feel better and be as healthy as we possibly can. We also have a responsibility to help educate the next generation of women when they start experiencing symptoms.

Most of you realize the power women have when we become one voice. We have changed the world in so many ways and that is after giving BIRTH to the entire population! Now it's time to pull together again to lift our spirits and help gain the respect we deserve, especially in women's health care.

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