Dr. Pamela Dee, OB/GYN, is a paid spokesperson for Estroven®. The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer and do not portray the opinions of the Estroven® brand, i- Health, Inc., or DSM.
Dr. Pamela Dee^ (Dr. Pam) is America’s leading menopause expert & OB/GYN, and she is on a mission to encourage honest dialogue about the physical and emotional symptoms that accompany menopause. Her goal is to de-stigmatize menopause and start the “Menopause Romance Revolution.” Her film, LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS, shares an empowering message of hope and action. Dr. Pam^ won’t rest until every woman knows the truth about menopause, that there is hope and that the third part of a woman’s life can be the best and most romantic.
Just like puberty, menopause is a normal event in a woman’s life. There are probably close to 50 million women in the United States alone that are menopausal, with an estimated 6,000 women entering menopause every single day.1 With a woman’s life expectancy in the western world estimated to be 81 years, a woman can expect to spend approximately 1/3 of her life post-menopausal,1 but most women have not heard much about menopause prior to entering it. In general, the medical profession successfully prepares pubescent girls for puberty, but that preparation is not always extended to women on the verge of menopause.
That doesn’t mean that women have to deal with menopause all on their own. In the past, menopausal women lacked support and information in regards to the changes they were going through, but now there are physicians, menopause societies, women’s groups and friends who are not only willing to talk about it, but are happy to help them prepare for and manage every possible symptom. It may surprise many women who are entering menopause that up to 51% of US postmenopausal women surveyed in a Gallup Poll reported being happiest and most fulfilled between the ages of 50 and 65.2 Relationships improved, self-fulfillment was high, sexual relationships were maintained and lifestyle changes were initiated. This is a time of great opportunity for women to finally spend some guilt-free time on themselves.
It’s important to remember that you are never alone when it comes to managing hot flashes, weight change, fatigue, occasional sleep trouble and irritability. There are wonderful over-the-counter products to help with these symptoms (be sure to talk to your healthcare provider). A good place to start is with the fabulous line of Estroven® products. I routinely recommend Estroven® Maximum Strength + Energy, Estroven® Weight Management & Healthy Metabolism, Estroven® Sleep Cool® & Calm and Estroven® Stress Plus Mood & Memory to my patients to manage the various symptoms of menopause.*
Once you have picked the appropriate product to help with your symptoms, find other women to talk to about your experience. The internet has been a wonderful resource to help women form relationships with people from all over the world who are also going through menopause. There are many support groups on Facebook and Twitter for women to share successes, stories, symptoms, fears and worries.
Always remember—you are never alone out there.
^Dr. Pamela Dee is a paid spokeswoman for Estroven®.
1Menopause Guidebook: A Clinicians Guide. 5th Edition. North American Menopause Society 2014. p. 1
2Menopause Guidebook: A Clinicians Guide. 5th Edition. North American Menopause Society 2014. p. 2