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Finally… ‘Be Free’ From Menopause Symptoms

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Disclosure: This is a paid blog post.

For far too long, women have faced gynecological health issues with fear and embarrassment, suffering in silence because they were ashamed of getting older and going through "the change". They believed common myths such as "Doctors will think I'm a hypochondriac and my symptoms are all in my head.” Or "I should be able to just push through the symptoms." 

Times are changing! Women are being empowered and encouraged to find their voices. The #MeToo movement has spotlighted women’s rights; Good Morning America broadcast a two-part segment on menopause, early menopause caused by some cancer treatments, symptoms and remedies; and companies are devoting more resources to women’s health. 

New York biotechnology company JDS Therapeutics, LLC for example, invests millions of dollars to research and clinically test non-hormonal, gynecological health supplements. Advertisements for the company's line of natural, plant-based, nutraceutical products emphasize women's strength, resilience and the control they feel they should have over their menopause symptoms. 

While menopause is a normal, natural event, a turning point in all women’s lives, it should not disrupt daily life. Some women experience few or no menopause symptoms at all; others may suffer from irritability, fatigue, day and night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, restless sleep, or all of the above. Certain cancers and treatments can also cause hot flashes and other symptoms.

Remedies for menopausal symptoms are often more concerning than the symptoms themselves. Hormone replacement, can be an effective solution, but it has also been associated with increased risk of blood clots, strokes, cancer and dementia. A woman’s medical history may compel her doctor to preclude her from undergoing hormone replacement therapy.

Some natural supplements have been shown to provide relief from menopausal symptoms without hormones and with no adverse side effects other than that of a placebo (sugar pill.) Used by European women for over 15 years, Swedish flower pollen extract is recommended as a treatment for menopausal symptoms such as irritability and uneasiness, mood changes, hot flashes, excessive sweating day and night, and restless sleep.

Efficacy, integrity and quality of supplements can vary, however. There are multiple varieties of Swedish flower pollen extract available on the market, with varying degrees of quality, and several methods of cultivating it. Extract from lower quality plants or cultivation in a manner that doesn’t maintain the integrity of the extract will not be as effective--or perhaps not effective at all.

JDS Therapeutics’ Relizen® is recommended by more than 5,500 U.S. gynecologists. Eighty-nine percent of women who tried it said they would recommend Relizen to family and friends.
Plant-based, soy-, dairy- and gluten-free, Relizen is non-hormonal, not an estrogen, does not bind to any estrogen receptors and, unlike phytoestrogens such as soy, black cohosh, red clover, Relizen has no estrogenic activity, which means it does not act like estrogen in the body or impact estrogen levels. 

Relizen has been rigorously tested and backed by extensive clinical studies, and is supported by real reviews and members of the medical community. According to data collected from over 2,300 women taking Relizen in the United States, 78% reported a reduction in the frequency of hot flashes and 75% reported a reduction in intensity of hot flashes.[1] It is hypothesized that the specific, rigorously-selected variety of the proprietary Swedish pollen extract formula featured in Relizen works centrally, to reduce hot flashes due to menopause and has a mild serotonergic effect on the hypothalamus, the portion of the brain that maintains the body’s internal balance.

The manufacturing process used to derive and purify the Swedish pollen extract used in Relizen is highly sophisticated, stringent and controlled. The unique biotech process is under strict control and designed to remove most of the pollen allergens. Only premium pollen is used for extraction. The company’s Swedish manufacturing partner complies with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), and manufacturing facilities have passed FDA inspection and are regularly inspected by the Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA). Further, the Swedish flower pollen extract used in Relizen is grown in a pesticide-free environment and with the husk removed.

These extra measures improve the body’s utilization of the extract and ensure that the active ingredients in the supplement contains nearly 100% of the essential substances needed specifically for the benefit of easing menopausal symptoms.

Menopausal symptoms do not just “go with the territory of being a woman." These symptoms are very real, and relief and support can be, too. Communicating with your doctor about gynecological health symptoms can result in a treatment plan that controls symptoms and improves how women feel both physically and emotionally.

As with all medicines and supplements, women should consult their medical professionals before taking Relizen if there are any allergy or other concerns.

[1]Data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel trial of 64 menopausal women. Winther K, et al. Climacteric. 2005:8:162-170. 

Is it PMS or Perimenopause? #spon

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Disclosure: This is a paid blog post. I was compensated.

It’s happening again. You wake up feeling “blah”, wanting to sleep for another eight hours. Your brain feels as though it is in a fog—you are unfocused, confused, forgetful, clumsy and off-center. You are feeling anxious, irritable and want to cry and scream at the same time.

For a woman in her teens, 20s, 30s, or early 40s, this scenario may be a signal that her period is about to commence, and her symptoms could be attributed to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). A woman in her mid-late 40s and older, however, may be experiencing the first transitional signs of menopause—perimenopause, whose symptoms echo those of PMS.

Perimenopause, which means “around menopause,” refers to the stage in a women’s life when she naturally transitions to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.  It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

Symptoms of PMS and Perimenopause

Symptoms for both PMS and perimenopause are similar:
  • Mood swings, including anger, depression, anxiety, irritability, an “emotional roller-coaster”
  • Fluid retention and bloating
  • Food cravings and intake
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Brain fog

Though hot flashes and night sweats are most often associated with menopause, they can occur in women entering the perimenopausal stage, too. The first few times it happens can be startling. Suddenly, you go from feeling fine to feeling like you’re on fire. Beads of sweat may appear, and your face may become flushed. You may think that the heat in your room is too high, you’re coming down with a fever, or your blood pressure has skyrocketed. When it passes, you may feel a cold chill.

Changes in Periods
While PMS symptoms usually occur a week or two before the start of a woman’s period (during a typical 28-day menstrual cycle), perimenopause symptoms are less predictable, linked to fluctuating hormones, and can occur at any time. During perimenopause, most women continue to get their periods, but their cycles may become inconsistent. In some cases, a period that used to average between five to seven days, now only lasts two to three days. A woman in perimenopause get her period again in two to three weeks, instead of following the usual 28-day pattern. She may even miss her period for a month or two, and then have it return on a more regular schedule. It can be very unpredictable.

Heaviness of blood flow can change, as well. Some women experience a dramatic increase in menstrual blood, which is not only inconvenient, but can lead to anemia, light-headedness, shortness of breath, chest pains, fast or irregular heartbeats, headaches, and a pale complexion.

Treating Symptoms of PMS and Perimenopause

Women suffering through PMS and perimenopause symptoms, such as irritability, have been the butt of jokes, because, for a few days a month, they become moody due to hormones they can't control. No more! These symptoms can be very limiting to everyday life, and sometimes even unhealthy. Women have been waiting a long time to find something to relieve their symptoms. Now they have Serenol
Serenol is a hormone-free supplement from JDS Therapeutics, a biotech company with a dedicated line of natural, plant-based, nutraceutical products for the non-hormonal treatment of PMS, perimenopause, and menopause. Its three primary ingredients, Purified Swedish Flower Pollen Extract, Chromax® chromium picolinate, and Royal Jelly, have shown in clinical studies to be as safe a sugar pill. However, Royal Jelly is a substance naturally created by honeybees (though it is not the same as bee pollen); therefore, women who are allergic to bees or bee products should not take Serenol. Royal jelly also may act as a phytoestrogen.

Royal Jelly, which contains water, amino acids, proteins, minerals and vitamins, has been known for years in Eastern medicine to have many health benefits, including its ability to alleviate PMS and perimenopause symptoms, such as mood swings, water retention, and fatigue.

Swedish Flower Pollen Extract has been used for years by millions of women in Europe, credited with numerous health benefits, including non-hormonal treatment of women’s health. Numerous studies show a link between the use of flower pollen extract and relief for PMS/perimenopause symptoms. Women who took the extract experienced less water retention and cramping, a more positive mood, better sleep, less irritability and overall improvements in well-being. 

In one study, thirty-two women between the ages of 27 and 50 were given flower pollen extract to see its effects on symptoms. After two months, overall PMS/perimenopause symptoms were reduced by between 27 and 57 percent – a significant improvement with minimal risks of negative side effects. What’s more, weight gain was reduced by approximately 50 percent for those women taking the extract and not the placebo. SourceBased on data from Winther K, et al. Climacteric. 2005;8:162-170 and Gerhardsen G, et al. Adv Ther. 2008;25(6):595–607

Not to be confused with bee pollen, Swedish flower pollen extract is found in plants before bees extract it, so it is a clean substance. Specifically, flower pollen extract comes from the core of the pollen grain, rather than the whole pollen grain. This nutrient-rich extract contains a rich number of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which have notable health benefits. It has very few contaminants (no bee parts or dirt!); is easier to digest, which leads to better nutrient absorption; and is less likely to trigger allergies.

Dealing with monthly PMS symptoms and the beginning of perimenopause can be frustrating and painful. However, a supplement such as Serenol, with its natural substances, may help alleviate annoying symptoms. Of course, it is important to speak to your doctor to discuss your specific symptoms and the best solutions for you and your body.

Revaree Vaginal Suppositories Review #review #spon

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It's natural to experience vaginal dryness. What isn't natural is all the chemicals women have to endure in a vaginal suppository. It's time to take control of your body and vaginal dryness with Revaree Vaginal Suppositories.

At 58, vaginal dryness has been a major issue for me for over 13 years. Suffering vaginal dryness has caused a lot of pain as well as no sex drive. I thought there was no relief for me because I hate to put anything inside my body that isn't natural. I was wrong! 

When I got the opportunity to review a new, all natural ,safe, and hormone free vaginal suppository, I got excited.

Revaree Vaginal Suppositories are safe, hormone free, contain no parabens, and FDA approved.

These suppositories are easy to use and I can tell you I can feel a difference just after one use. I am no longer experiences dryness. I feel natural and free to have sex again without worrying about pain or dryness.

Here are some facts about Revaree Vaginal Suppositories:

The active ingredient in Revaree, hyaluronic acid, is backed by multiple clinical studies indicating that it is safe, effective and side-effect free, with results seen in as early as 9 days. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to be just as effective as the leading prescription hormonal creams when it comes to relieving a range of vaginal dryness symptoms, including burning, itching and pain during sex. Additionally, hyaluronic acid can help improve overall vaginal health by maintaining vaginal pH and improving vaginal tissue elasticity, all without hormones

More about Vaginal Dryness:

Vaginal dryness is caused by fluctuating estrogen levels that are often triggered by menopause, post-childbirth, or because of certain medications. This fluctuation in estrogen can cause vaginal tissue to become thin, dry and less elastic, which can lead to additional irritating symptoms such as itching, burning, or pain during sex.
Vaginal dryness can affect women of any age but occurs most frequently at the onset of menopause.
It’s important to realize that other disruptive menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, will dissipate over time, however, vaginal dryness tends to worsen if left untreated, due to a persistent and prolonged lack of estrogen.
For best results, Revaree should be used – every 2-3 days – for real and lasting relief!
If you are suffering like me, don't suffer in silence. Don't let vaginal dryness control your life, take control with Revaree Vaginal Suppositories and start living again!
I give this product 5 stars for simple to use, effective, safe, hormone free, and FDA approved.

Menopause, Mental Health and Me

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Today I thought I would talk about menopause, mental health and me. 

When I begin to inch forward into the land unknown, I really didn't know what to expect. I grew up in a time when women didn't talk about menopause or mental health. I knew what it was and how it affected the women around me and I didn't want any part of it!

When I thought about menopause I knew about the hot flashes and moodiness that I would experience, but I had no idea mental health would become a major issue associated with menopause.

I've been menopausal for a couple of years and have had my fair share of mood swings, but it has become much more than an occasional thing. I've been bombarded with the onset of depression and anxiety. I don't like the new me. I don't like depression or anxiety. I don't LIKE menopause. 

There are now a lot of days when I can't function, when I want to stay hidden away under the covers. Life is no longer fun with this new me. I try to deal, but still...I feel lost among a sea of mental health issues I can't resolve.

If you are menopausal and feel depressed or anxious (or any other mental health issue) don't hesitate to get help with free therapy. Remember you're  not alone...

Defeat Depression with 6 Life-saving Steps

Depression can turn your life into a deep, dark quagmire with no way out. You may believe all hope is lost if you suffer from depression, but you can defeat depression with six life-saving steps that will keep you from sinking further into the quagmire of Hell.
Depend on Others-
When you are depressed, you keep your feelings hidden deep within your soul. Sometimes you may put on a brave act or fake smile,but you are hurting and believe nobody really understands or cares. When you are depressed, your life is in emotional turmoil and you have to depend on the help of other people to lift you up and pull you out.
·         Let others lift you up: You cannot fight depression alone. It will kill you! The darkness and danger of depression will take over your soul and control your life. You have to let others lift you up. When you depend on others spiritually, mentally, and physically, you lift you soul, mind, and body out of the quagmire of darkness.
·         Let others pull you out: When you carry the burden and stigma of depression all alone, you sink deeper into darkness. You have to let others pull you out of your quagmire. Depending on others does not mean you are weak. By letting others help pull you out of depression you are saving your life.
Engage with Others-
When you are depressed you shut others out of your life. When you don't communicate or associate with friends or family, you give up on life because you feel you have no purpose. When you are depressed, your think your life has no value or meaning and you have to engage with others to feel wanted and feel needed.
·         Engage with others to feel wanted: Depression keeps you isolated from your family and friends. When you are depressed the value you once placed on your life doesn't exist. It is easy to no longer feel wanted and sink deeper into depression, but if you engage with others, the value you thought you lost will once again mean something. When you engage with others, you will see just how wanted you really are.
·         Engage with others to feel needed: When you are depressed, you life is turned upside down. You feel you that nobody needs you anymore. The quagmire of depression has swallowed you up and you think your life is meaningless.  However, you have to engage with others to bring meaning to your life. When you engage with others, you feel needed. You will see that the same people you shut out of your life, really love and need you once you begin to open up.
Find Solace with Others -
Depression is not a one-way street. If you a depressed, it may seem your life is filled with roadblocks and dead-ends. You have to realize, you are not alone in your fight to survive the quagmire that has swallowed up your life. When you are depressed, you believe you are by yourself fighting demons, but when you find solace with others you will find comfort and empathy.
·         Find solace with others for comfort: Being depressed is a lonely existence. When you are depressed, all you want is to be left alone, but all you are doing is sinking deeper. You have to be accepting of comfort from others. If you find solace with others by accepting comfort, the need to be alone will dissipate.  Let others bring comfort to your life, let them give you comfort by providing a hug or just by being available. When you accept comfort from others, your life will be alive.
·         Find solace with others for empathy: A lot of people are going through the same thing you are. Depression is not selective. It is one-size fits all. When you find solace from someone who has been there, they empathize with you. They know what you are going through and how to help you understand and get through the dark times. They can help you stay out of the quagmire by fighting your demons with you. When you have lost you willpower and hope, don't give up, find solace with other for empathy.

There is light at the end of  your darkness. Depression does not have to win or control your life. You can stop sinking further into the quagmire of Hell by following the six life-saving steps. You must depend on others to lift you up and pull you out of darkness, you have to engage with others to feel wanted and needed, and when you think there is no hope, you need to find solace with others such as an online psychiatrist for support.

Growing a Relationship

Like a flower that needs nurturing to grow from a tiny seed into a beautiful flower, a relationship needs nurturing to grow from a tiny beginning into something beautiful.  If any type of relationship is going to flourish it needs time and effort, or it will wither.
A successful relationship does not grow overnight, but must be cultivated over  time. Whether it is personal or professional, it takes time to grow. There are many facets of a relationship and one of the most important aspect is time.
Relationships cannot be rushed or hurried for two reasons. If you rush into a relationship, chances are it will fail because you did not give it time to properly grow. Secondly, if a relationship is rushed, it cannot flourish.  In today's society, everyone is in a rush or hurry to be in some type of relationship. However, for a relationship to fully develop over time, four elements are needed. 
To grow in a relationship over time, the first thing needed is trust in yourself and the other person. Trust is one of the most difficult things a person can do in a relationship. In an age of social media, trusting yourself to make the right decisions or trusting another person is not simple. It is important to take time to get to know someone before building a relationship, that is why trust is so vital to the growth of a relationship. Trust does not grow in one day and neither do relationships.  Let trust nourish your relationship and build a foundation rooted in love. In addition to trust, relationships need initiative.
In a relationship, a person must be willing to take time to let the relationship grow. If a person is willing to go slow before the relationship grows, then relationships can blossom into something beautiful. However, you must be willing to take the initiative not be in a hurry and willing to wait until the timing is right. Take the time to really get to know someone, do not rush into something that will later wither and die. One way to really get to know someone is to move slowly.

Move slowly in a relationship or risk failure. Most people are ready to start a relationship from day one. However, to cultivate a good relationship that will grow over time, you must move slowly. Take each day to get to know someone. The more you know someone, the more you will come to appreciate them. Moving too fast in a relationship not only hurts you, but the other person. Relationships cannot grow on hurt feelings or empty promises. Take each moment to enjoy every second, every minute, and every hour of your relationship. In the time it takes for you to start a relationship, the same time can end a relationship. Relationships to cultivate over time, flourish with each day, and grow into something beautiful. In addition to time, relationships cannot grow without effort.
A little effort goes a long way in the growth of a relationship. Effort in a relationship includes six elements that will help it grow. Encouragement, forgiveness, faith, openness, respect, and truthfulness are the keys to relationship growth.
Encouragement goes a long way in relationship growth. Negativity can hinder the growth of a beautiful relationship and when a person is encouraging throughout the growth process, the relationship will flourish and bloom. However, if a person continues to be discouraging, then the relationship is not worth the effort you put into it. Do not let negativity discourage a relationship, make an effort to be positive, but remember relationships are two-sided, not one-sided.
Forgiveness is vital to the growth of a relationship.  So many times, relationships are built on deception, that way is it important to put a little effort into a beginning relationship. You have to ask; do you want a relationship based on lies?  If the answer is yes, then it may be time to move on. If the answer is no, then it is time to forgive. Nobody wants a relationship to grow from lies. However, forgiveness can help build a foundation of trust. Remember, the heart is easily bruised when hurt, but forgiveness can heal all wounds.
Along with encouragement and forgiveness, a relationship must have faith, openness, respect, and truthfulness to grow into something beautiful. Make an effort to let your relationship grow with all the elements needed from beginning to end. Take time to grow a beautiful relationship that will not wither but flourish.

Be Wise to the Signs of Burnout- #stress #meditation

Disclosure: This information was provided by pace pr. However, all opinions are my own.
While many of us accept ongoing stress simply as a part of modern life, this approach can lead to ignoring the critical signs that you are headed for burnout.
According to stress expert Jan Bruce, there are some telltale signs that stress levels are becoming toxic and threatening overall health and well being.
1.      Your work-life balance has become an issue.

Balance is a continual, perpetual action to manage the ebbs and flows of life. The things that buffer you are “lifts” – like support of friends and family, proper diet, sleep, fitness, etc. The “drags” that magnify or exacerbate your stress, are anger, home stress, worrying, or even clutter.  When stress leads to burnout it gets harder to rely on your lifts. 

2.     Anger and anxiety have become your signature emotions.

When you don’t have the tools you need to complete the task at hand, you’re going to feel frustrated. And when you feel that people are taking advantage of you, you feel angry. If you find yourself going all the way to anger or anxiety all too quickly, the reaction may have more to do with burnout and less with what’s actually happening in the moment.

3.     Conflicts are an everyday obstacle.

Another sure sign of potential burnout is an increasing level of conflict between you and your colleagues or your loved ones. Maybe you’re not throwing things, but it’s palpably there—the brusque or exasperated tone of emails and kicked-up defenses day in, day out. Conflicts are both the result of stress and a major contributing cause.

4.  Your passion becomes your pain

A sign that things have taken a downward turn is when that the very thing that once inspired and energized you has now become draining. Flagging passion is a sign something’s gone wrong. While your current business or latest project may be flawed, it might be that a different approach will reignite potential, and your passion.
Jan Bruce is the CEO and Co-Founder of MeQuilibrium, an app that digitally coaches users to help dial down stress levels so that they can focus on things they love to do. Before MeQuilibrium, Jan Bruce sold her company, body*soul/whole living to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and served as their Managing Director for five years.

Disclaimer: This post may contain links to other stress related articles and my article as well.

For more relevant articles related to stress you can check out Clear Your Stress website and my article Finding a Healthy Stress-free You Through Meditation . You may also want to consider speaking with a therapist.