Estrogen's Storm Season: stories of perimenopause

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Surprising, funny, and reassuring information about the subtle and not-so-subtle experiences that comprise the Journey from regular periods, to anything but regular periods, to the end of periods. Period. WARNING: This book is intended for hormonally-challenged women only and may be offensive and/or downright appalling to younger or male audiences.


Could it be that the odd physical, mental, emotional, and sexual experiences you have recently noticed are related to menopause, even if you feel like you can't possibly be old enough yet? They could be if you are in perimenopause - the time of hormonal fluctuation leading up to menopause. To put it bluntly, you know you are perimenopausal when:

The only other viable alternatives are that you are pregnant, crazy, going through puberty again, and/or have early dementia.

You've had times when you can't figure out the right amount to tip, get lost in your own neighborhood, or feel like you are an impostor in your own life.

You can honestly use the saying, "not by the hair of my chinny chin chin."

The phrase, "I laughed so hard J almost wet my pants" turns into, "I laughed so hard I wet my pants" - and you didn't laugh all that hard.

You talk about your hairy a++hole, and you're not referring to your husband.

You've been looking for a good way to work not-so-feminine itching and the proliferation of pubic hair in non-pubic places into polite conversation.

You have, at least once, gotten so hot that you seriously considered completely stripping off every single piece of your clothing in a public place.

Or, you have 1/2 the energy, but need 2-times the exercise to stay in shape; want sex 1/2 as much, just when it takes your guy 2-times as long; and have 1/2 the periods, but they are 2-times as bothersome.

A Personalized Program for Better Hormone Health

It’s no stretch to say that the information about perimenopause, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is confusing and often scary. Hormonal changes over time are natural, but they can sometimes be difficult. But they don’t need to put too much strain on your health and sanity if you understand what’s happening in your body and know how to manage it.

This workbook is your most valuable resource for hormone health. Written by a pioneering team of hormone researchers, it puts up-to-date, scientifically sound hormone information at your fingertips. Each chapter includes helpful exercises and assessments to help you get a clear picture of your health and make a plan for total hormonal wellness. You’ll also benefit from real-life stories of women just like you who have encountered hormonal challenges and, with the powerful tools in this book, made positive changes for better health.

Learn about your body and your hormones:

Chart and examine your personal and family medical histories to help understand your current or future hormone healthUse the hormone symptom questionnaire to track current or potential hormone situations, including estrogen and progesterone, thyroid, or adrenal imbalances or menopauseLearn which tests and treatments are appropriate for particular hormone-related conditionsMake informed decisions about whether to consider HRTTake control of your health and your life with a personalized strategy for greater vitality through balanced hormones
"Outliving Your Ovaries: An Endocrinologist Weighs The Risks And Rewards Of Treating Menopause With Hormone Replacement Therapy" provides break-through, new menopause research explaining why pharmaceutical topical bioidentical hormones are safer than the most commonly used hormones. Dr. Johnson gives poignant, clinical stories from her 28 years of clinical experience during which she has managed over 100,000 female patient visits. These stories depict the tragic consequences of estrogen deficiency and the joy of transformation that occurs when a woman is made whole again. This eBook will give a woman a guidebook that helps her evaluate the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in clear, easy-to-understand terms so she can better work with her own physician to determine what's right for her.Posted on Dr. Marina Johnson's Facebook site, patients and celebrity fans of Dr. Johnson have come out in support of the release of the new eBook. "Finally-a clear concise prescription for women as they navigate the challenges of menopause. Debunking misconceptions, Dr. Johnson provides a roadmap for health and vitality in what can be truly golden years," says Catherine Crier, journalist, former judge, and best-selling author. "There are perhaps only 1% in any given field that are truly the best at what they do and Dr. Johnson is part of this elite group," say Bill and Susan Casner, owners of Winstar Farms and this year's top winners of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. "A must read for all women!" says Joni Lamb, host & co-founder of Daystar Television Network.
You’ve read what the doctors have to say about menopause. You’ve heard the experts speak about “the change” on TV talk shows. Now it’s time to listen to the women themselves. Women at the Well: The Many Voices of Menopause is the only book of its kind to provide a voice for women on the printed page. In this compelling book, women share their firsthand stories of what it’s like – physically, emotionally and spiritually – to experience perimenopause and menopause.

These are the “women at the well” who stand in a united circle to draw the healing waters of wisdom to share with others. And what they tell us is both heart-warming and heart-rending. They want us to know their struggles. They want us to know what has helped them and what hasn’t. They want us to know that menopause is a natural biological process and that they are not crazy. Most of all, they want other women to know that they are not alone.

Informative and highly readable, these 33 narratives take us into the personal lives of these ordinary and extraordinary women who share their journeys through this critical life passage. They tell us what it’s like physically and dispel the myth that all women have hot flashes and mood swings. While some do experience these symptoms, others don’t. “One size does not fit all” when it comes to menopause.

As Catharine, one of the women in the book, states, “Often I would feel like a chained horse in the starting gate right before the big race. High anxiety would just come over me. Twice I had to ask my husband to leave a restaurant because I became so anxious and just couldn’t sit there any longer.”

Or as Michelle shares, “The memory loss has been the most difficult for me. Downright embarrassing. I would be in the middle of a conversation and forget what I was saying. The night sweats got somewhat better . . . but now they are getting worse again.”

But even as these women share their physical and emotional struggles, they manage to find hope and laughter, as Dee Adams writes. The creator of the world famous mid-life cartoon, “Minnie Pauz,” she shares, “The most valuable thing I have is my sense of humor and I hope to share it with as many women as possible. It really does help to laugh at ourselves . . . things DO improve. I promise!”

Or as Dr. Larrian Gillespie, author of many books including The Menopause Diet, writes, “One day you’re feeling fine and the next day your discover a suicide note from your ovaries on the side of a box of Tampax!”

As these women open their hearts, we also learn about other mid-life challenges occurring at the same time as menopause – divorce, caring for aging parents, dealing with an empty nest and looking ahead to their own aging and retirement.

While ultimately a woman must make her own decision as to treatment to help alleviate symptoms, these women tell us what has worked for them and what hasn’t. Not intended as medical advice, these options range from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to natural herbs and products.

For any husband, significant other, family member or co-worker who can’t seem to understand the menopausal woman in their lives, this book will help. Medical and mental health professionals will also gain greater insight about women’s menopausal experiences in these accounts.

Even more important, perimenopausal and menopausal women – or those women about to enter these stages – will find support and validation in these stories. At this nurturing well of firsthand information and wisdom, they will find hope. There, they will hear the "many voices of menopause."

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