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Menopause Awareness Month Giveaway

Juanita from Ohio won this AMAZING giveaway! CONGRATS!

The PERFECT giveaway for Menopause Awareness Month!

GREAT tunes, AMAZING product to cool those pesky hot flashes and  an AWESOME book!

Tori Amos turned 50 this year and is celebrating with a new album, Unrepentant Geraldines, that features a duet and accompanying music video with her daughter, Tash.

Tori said, “I turned 50 this year –and certain people really helped me to see it in a different way and grab it with both hands. The song 16 Shades Of Blue talks about ageing from many points of view. And as I started to dive into it, I started to learn from all women of ages that age was a difficult thing for them – whether you’re talking to a 15-year-old who feels pressure to choose their career path for life or a 33-year-old who fears she won’t get the promotion if it is known that she is planning a family. They all felt the pressures in the ageing process.”

Tori has been  a constant representation of female activism throughout her career and you will LOVE her new album!!!!

Watch Tori and Tash sing a song from their new album – it’s FANTASTIC!

Click here to watch/listen.

Now that you are feeling relaxed, how about cooling down those hot flashes?!

The world’s first on-the-go, on demand, personal cooling system with patented Recool Technology, coldfront relieves heat and pain without pills, mess, or inconvenience. coldfront is an easy, safe and convenient way to deal with heat intolerance or hot flashes whether chemically, surgically or naturally induced.

Good tunes, keeping cool and how about some fun and informative reading?! The Menopause Makeover to the rescue!

ENTER TODAY!  Just let us know YOU want to WIN by leaving a comment on our Facebook page.

Winner randomly selected and announced by October 30, 2014.

Official Giveaway Rules

• Contest closes midnight October 29, 2014
• No purchase necessary.
• October 30, 2014 one GRAND winner will be randomly selected to win this giveaway.
• ONE grand prize-winner to be announced by October 30, 2014.
• Winner to provide a mailing address so the vendors can mail your prize.
• If potential winner forfeits or does not claim the prize within two weeks after notification via Facebook, prize will be re-awarded at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
• Eligibility: Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents over the age of 18 physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America.

By registering, you will be agreeing that your registration and any other information collected in connection with the Contest/Giveaway may be used by Sponsor and may be shared with Sponsor’s affiliated business entities, and that you automatically opt-in to receive email, text messages or other communications from Sponsor. You may subsequently opt-out of the receipt of such email or communications by following the directions in the email, communications or by contacting Sponsor directly.

All registrations must include entrant’s valid email address. The email address provided by online entrants will be the identity of the entrant and, if selected for a prize, the identity of the winner. We expressly reserve the right to disqualify any entries that we believe in good faith are generated by an automated program or via scripts. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Contest Rules.

Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Contest. All prizes will be awarded. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award more prizes than the number of prizes stated in these Official Contest Rules. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery.

By participating you hold the sponsor and gifting companies harmless in the event that the prize in some way negatively impacts the winner.

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Is Vaginal Dryness Out of the Closet?

It has been 4 years since my book co-authored with Wendy Klein MD, The Menopause Makeover, has been out in the world. The topic of menopause was a tough sell for my literary agent, and even tougher to promote. No one wanted to talk about the “M” word. But I knew that women everywhere, including myself, were suffering from this transition without the information they needed to manage a natural part of womanhood.

This month is Menopause Awareness Month, and I am excited to say that I have personally witnessed the word menopause come out of the closet of shame. The topic has starred in media headlines and eased into everyday conversation, because women started talking publically about it.

However, while it may be easier now to discuss hot flashes and menopausal weight gain, there is still one symptom many are still embarrassed to discuss with their doctor and partner…postmenopausal vaginal dryness.1

Since adding vaginal dryness last year as a bookend to my menopause mission, I am happy to report that I feel there has been progress publically, scientifically, and medically.

The North American Menopause Society defines menopause-related vaginal discomfort as:

“The dryness and thinning of the vagina that follows the drop in estrogen around menopause is the most common cause of painful sex at midlife and beyond.”2

Up to 75% of menopausal women may experience vaginal dryness; as well as irritation, burning, pain during urination, pain during sex, and vaginal discharge. 3,4

Unfortunately, the majority of women still do not seek treatment, but I was happy to discover this year that the medical and scientific world has marched forward and progress is being made.1

A survey published in the medical journal Climacteric in February 2014 recommended that health care providers start being proactive in order to help their patients disclose the symptoms related to vaginal dryness so they can discuss treatment options during the menopause discussion.5

I was impressed with a letter from the editors-in-chief of this publication, entitled: “Vulvovaginal Atrophy – A Tale of Neglect.” They acknowledged that “women and their sexual partners are … suffering in silence,” and urged the wider medical profession to urgently address and improve the situation.6

The first step for those who may be suffering in silence from postmenopausal vaginal dryness is to discuss symptoms with their health care provider. Before your first visit, you can track symptoms and use this worksheet to start the conversation.

Your symptoms are treatable and there are therapy options available.

An estimated 1.2 billion women will have reached menopause by 2030. Unlike hot flashes that generally settle down with time, menopause-related vaginal symptoms do not tend to get better with age.7

In just 1 year, I have seen postmenopausal vaginal dryness peek out of the closet. Don’t let this treatable symptom keep you from embracing this natural transition in a woman’s life.

By Staness Jonekos, Author of The Menopause Makeover
I am a member of GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), a woman’s health initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk.
Visit for more information on the vaginal symptoms associated with menopause and tips on how to speak with your doctor about them.

GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause) is a trademark of Novo Nordisk FemCare AG.
© 2014 Novo Nordisk      All rights reserved.      0814-00022955-1        September 2014


[1] Nappi RE, Kokot-Kierepa M. Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes (VIVA) – Results from an International Survey. Climacteric. 2012;15(1):36-44.

[2] The North American Menopause Society Staff. Vaginal Discomfort. The North American Menopause Society. Publish Date Unknown. Accessed September 3, 2014.

[3] Wines N, Willsteed E. Menopause and the skin. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2001;42(3):149-158.

[4] The North American Menopause Society Staff. Management of symptomatic vulvovaginal atrophy: 2013 position statement of The North American Menopause Society. Menopause. 2013;20(9):888-902.

[5] Nappi RE, Palacio S. Impact Of Vulvovaginal Atrophy on Sexual Health and Quality of Life at Postmenopause. Climacteric. 2014;17(1):3-9.

[6] Panay N, Fenton A. Vulvovaginal Atrophy – A Tale of Neglect. Climacteric. 2014;17(1):1-2.

[7] Sinha A, Ewies AAA. Non-hormonal Topical Treatment of Vulvovaginal Atrophy: An Up-to-date Overview. Climacteric. 2013;16(3); 305-312.

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Managing Overactive Bladder

Managing Overactive Bladder

By Staness Jonekos

Do you map out bathroom locations before leaving home so you aren’t stranded without options when the unstoppable urge strikes?

Bladder control issues can be stressful especially in social situations.  As many as one in six adults over the age 40 suffer from an overactive bladder (OAB), and women between the ages of 45 and 64 are affected more than men.

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) says:

“Women are much more prone to the occasional episode of urine leakage than men. These symptoms may be partially affected by menopause. As menopause approaches and during the years that follow, lack of estrogen can cause thinning of the lining of the urethra, the outlet for the bladder. With aging, the surrounding pelvic muscles may weaken. As a result, women are at increased risk for urinary incontinence.”

Unfortunately, the majority of women do not seek treatment, assuming it is part of the aging process.  OAB can affect quality of life, and can impact sexual health.

When the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily, your brain signals the urgent need to urinate.  Often you may not always make it to the bathroom without leaking.

Urgency is the hallmark symptom, as well as frequency and waking up during sleep two or more times to urinate, according to the International Continence Society (ICS).

The ICS defines frequency of urination as:

“…Up to seven episodes during waking hours had been considered normal, but this number is highly variable based upon hours of sleep, fluid intake, medical conditions and other factors like medications, a urinary tract infection and pregnancy or recent delivery.”

The good news is that there are OAB first line treatment strategies you can discuss with your healthcare provider:

  1. Behavioral therapies, including bladder training, pelvic floor muscle training, and fluid management.
  2. Pharmacologic management, with both over-the-counter and prescription options.
  3. Lifestyle changes:
    1. Maintain a healthy weight, because being overweight can contribute to OAB.
    2. Reduce caffeine, tea, alcohol, spicey and acidic foods.
    3. Stop smoking – smoker’s cough can lead to urine leakage.
    4. Support healthy bowel habits. Being constipated can cause extra pressure on the bladder, making you feel like you have to urinate. Exercise and fiber intake can help with regularity.

Chart your symptoms 3 to7 days prior to your first doctor’s visit, and track your progress with these tools:

FREE Bladder Diary

FREE Bladder APP

If you have OAB, don’t suffer in silence.  Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that around 33 million Americans have an overactive bladder – you are not alone.  With proper treatment you can schedule your day around activities not bathroom locations.

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AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® Giveaway

AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less®


Bladder health is important at any age, but most of us don’t think about it until we approach the menopausal years.  AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® is an option to consider to support a healthy bladder.

There will be 5 winners selected for the AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® giveaway. It’s easy to enter. Leave a comment that you want to win, or “Like” our Facebook page.

The winners (randomly selected) will be announced September 30, 2014.


The active ingredient in AZO Bladder Control™ contains clinically-studied Go-Less®, a drug-free, naturally sourced supplement comprised of pumpkin seed extract and soybean isoflavones.

These ingredients are shown to support healthy bladder activity and enforce bladder strength. Pumpkin seed extract supports bladder muscle integrity, while the soy isoflavones help relax bladder muscles and sustain muscular strength in the pelvic floor.

For more information on how these ingredients work:

Suggested Use

Take one capsule three times a day for two weeks. After two full weeks, taper to one capsule twice a day. When following the suggested product directions, AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less helps to manage occasional urgency.

For additional information, visit AZO Bladder Control

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This giveaway is sponsored by AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less®

Always discuss over-the-counter-products with your healthcare provider.

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