This year’s World Menopause Day theme is Sexual Wellbeing After Menopause. Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality. Sexuality after menopause isn’t something women talk about with their partners, friends and even their doctors’. This MUST change. Symptoms like poor sleep, fatigue, hot flashes, weight gain, low [...]
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I recently wrote an article for Medisys entitled "Managing Menopause Your Way". Menopause affects women's quality of life and work. And menopause affects not only the woman but also those who live and interact with her: partners, children, family, friends, and co-workers. Some women don’t know what's happening to them during perimenopause, others know their [...]
I’m excited to share with pharmacists, and women who want to learn more about hormone therapy (HT), the latest blog I wrote for the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) Hormone Therapy: Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Revisited With so much misinformation and fear about HT some women suffer through menopause needlessly. Pharmacists are accessible healthcare providers and should [...]
3. HT is made from plants or herbs, like yams, soy, or chasteberry. Bioidentical hormone therapy doesn’t contain drugs. Does it? Some women choose bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) because they believe it is natural, meaning that it is made from plants, not drugs, therefore it is safe. According to Dr. Margery Gass, a NAMS-certified menopause [...]
2. Biodentical Hormone Therapy is natural, therefore bioidentical therapy is safe. Is it? There are a lot of medicines made from natural sources but does that mean that bioidentical therapies are safe? For example, tiotropium is a derivative of atropine from Atropa belladonna, a tall bushy herb of the nightshade family, and is used in the treatment [...]
BioIdentical Hormones – Be Informed! Bioidentical hormones isn’t a scientific term and it means different things to different people. The Endocrine Society defines bioidentical hormones (BH) as “compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body.” The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t recognize the [...]
Menopause Café Toronto – The First Menopause Café in Canada Canada’s first Menopause Café will be held in Toronto next month. The purpose is to start conversations about menopause. Menopause is not a disease but it affects women experiencing it—and their partners, children, family, friends, and colleagues. It’s offered on a not-for-profit basis, and it [...]