What Is Menopause?

Menopause refers to the time during which a woman's ovaries begin producing less estrogen and progesterone and cease the ripening and releasing of ova. The transition can last up to five years and typically occurs at mid-life. The hallmark of menopause is a woman's loss of menstrual cycle—rendering her unable to conceive for the remainder of her life. But a woman's body undergoes many additional changes that are both physical and psychological in nature, including hot flashes, night sweats, irregular heartbeat, headaches, and sleep difficulties. Menopause is also often accompanied by mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety, as well as cognitive symptoms like forgetfulness. Other symptoms of menopause may include urine leakage, vaginal dryness, infection, painful sexual intercourse, and joint aches or pains.

Recent Posts on Menopause

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 1

I have been talking with people lately who are suffering with symptoms they call depression, yet I am hearing something else. Something they don’t want to talk about mostly: loss and grief, discouragement and disappointment. These are all different from each other and different from depression.

Cancer Is My Teacher, Part 3

By Lucy O'Donnell on October 28, 2015 Cancer Is a Teacher
Sometimes it can feel so surreal when you are coping with cancer and hard to deal with all the small things that when compounded have a profound effect on our everyday life. Here, through my experience, I tell of how I navigated through these feelings and situations. To this day, almost 4 years from diagnosis I still find myself in similar situations.

Hot Enough for You? Sweating at Night Undermines Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Don’t suffer at night because of night sweats. This soggy, uncomfortable experience will interfere with how much sleep you get, and how well you sleep.

How to Completely Change How You Think About Menopause

If you are a woman anywhere near 50, you either just went through menopause or you are going to go through it within the next five years. How is that going to affect your sex life? And how will you respond chemically to new love affairs and breakups?

Hormonal Changes that Trigger Depression in Women

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Does Hysterectomy Affect Women’s Sexuality?

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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 How To Do Life
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The FDA, the DSM, Gender Equality, and “Female Viagra”

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By Meg Selig on April 07, 2015 Changepower
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Shaping Women's Lives: Our Bodies, Ourselves

"Our Bodies, Ourselves" is listed in the Library of Congress "Books That Shaped America.” Since its original publication more than 40 years ago, the book set a foundation for evidence-based, culturally appropriate information on women’s health, sexuality, and reproduction. Co-author Judy Norsigian says, “Gatekeepers no longer have the control they had in the past.”

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By Kimberly Key on February 27, 2015 Counseling Keys
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Smoking and Weight: Those "Burnt-out Ends of Smoky Days"

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Does 'Popping a Pill' turn Normal into 'Abnormal'?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 Why We Worry
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The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves

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Sleep, as We Get Older

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 29, 2014 Sleepless in America
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Ask Your Doctor If You Should Take Advice from a Commercial

Commercials about psychiatric drugs are now ubiquitous. Are they helpful or harmful?

Our First Birthday

By Sharon Praissman on November 15, 2014 Beyond the Egg Timer
One year into blogging, Sharon reflects on what we have learned and our progress offering factual and helpful information to women over 35 who are trying to conceive. We also have a special announcement!

Beauty Matters Part 1: The Hardware of Sexual Attraction

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 04, 2014 On Vitality
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Leading the Way Up the Corporate Ladder :

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Do You Wish You Were Younger?

I don't wish I were thirty because I know too well what thirty-year-olds are actually thinking. They are thinking “OH MY ACHING GOD I AM THIRTY AND WHAT I AM DOING WITH MY LIFE?” At least when you’re fifty, you know what you’re doing with your life, even if you don’t like it.

The First Jhana

I described how I came to attend a jhanas retreat with Leigh Brasington, and how I learned to focus attention narrowly and firmly on my breath entering and leaving my nose.

When Statistics are Seriously Sexy

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Good Sex Without Intercourse

By Isadora Alman MFT on September 19, 2014 Sex & Sociability
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Sex Without Intercourse: A Hot Option for Lovers of All Ages

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 15, 2014 All About Sex
Contrary to what's shown in the movies and on TV, intercourse is not necessary for great sex.