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Venus Blogs http://venusblogs.com Venus Blogs - Real Talk for Women Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:13:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Moving Story: “I Was FLOORED!” http://venusblogs.com/a-moving-story-i-was-floored/ http://venusblogs.com/a-moving-story-i-was-floored/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:13:07 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/a-moving-story-i-was-floored/ I thought I’d comfortably be ensconced in my new (old) house by now, but alas I’m not. We’re still staying at a studio apartment a little over two miles away. Some days I drive back and forth three times to see how the renovation work is progressing. I shouldn’t be surprised because building projects rarely, if ever, go according to plan, but I prefer to be an optimist!

closetEven a pessimist, however, couldn’t have imagined some of the outrageous scenarios I’d have in store, like the one that involved a new wide-plank floor laid on the top level of the house. Unfinished oak was used because I wanted to have the floor finished with a specially formulated paint that’s made exclusively for floors. I consulted with a designer from the company, Farrow & Ball, and we chose a color called Skimming Stone. It’s a creamy white. I gave the head of the painting crew the cans of primer and paint, which were clearly marked on their tops with the words Primer for the top floor. Paint for the top floor.  We even wrote the words in Spanish since the men weren’t all fluent in English.
When I went to the house to see how the floor looked, in its new Skimming Stone-colored dress, the paint looked a little gray to me. As I passed one of the bathrooms under construction, I noticed a half-empty gallon can of Pavilion Gray paint sitting on the floor, but the walls and ceiling hadn’t yet been painted in that color.

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I immediately called the floor guy and said, “I think your men used paint on the floor that was meant for the bathroom ceiling and walls.”

“No, we didn’t,” he assured me with great confidence.

I wasn’t satisfied with his response, so I dipped a finger into a can of Skimming Stone and rubbed it on a section of the floor that hadn’t yet been painted, then I did the same with the Pavilion Gray. Sure enough, the painters used the wrong paint. They obviously hadn’t  read the instructions, boldly posted on the lid, when they grabbed the can to paint.

“I’m afraid your guys DIDN’T use the right color!”  I told the floor guy when I called him back. He actually didn’t believe me until he came to the house the next day and saw the two finger-smeared colors, side by side, on the floor. The Picassos returned a day or two later to re-sand the floors and repaint them with Skimming Stone. That exercise prevented anything else from being done on the top floor, including finishing the two bathrooms.  

It’s said that “a man who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer.” I’d tweak that to read: “A woman who does her own renovation has a fool for a contractor.”

And so I remain in my temporary studio apartment!

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The Other F Word http://venusblogs.com/the-other-f-word/ http://venusblogs.com/the-other-f-word/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:13:32 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/the-other-f-word/ I don’t know a single FabOverFifty woman, or any woman, who didn’t love Grace and Frankie, the Netflix series with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Yet, Hollywood continues to turn a “blind eye to our demographic,” claims Caytha Jentis, a screenwriter, director and producer determined to show “Hollywood” why it’s making a big, bad mistake. Her new series, The Other F Word, is a coming-of-age character driven comedy about four women friends “dealing with midlife highs and lows.” If it succeeds, Caytha hopes it will pave the way for more stories about women our age.

I adored watching The Other F Word and wanted to share it with all my FOFriends. My interview with Caytha will tell you more about her inspirations behind the series.

Tell us a little about yourself and your entertainment background.

“I’m 54 years old and have a BS from Syracuse University in television and film and an MFA from UCLA in screenwriting. I grew up in Scarsdale, NY, and am married with two children. We raised the children in suburban New Jersey and moved back to New York City when they were grown. Our post-grad daughter now lives with us.

“I started as a literary agent in New York City, selling the film rights of books, as well as representing journalists and screenwriters. Later, we moved to Los Angeles, where I worked as an agent, then for a producer, and got my graduate degree in screenwriting. After selling a script to ABC, and having kids, we moved back east, where I continued to work in various part-time sales careers. I started making independent films 10 years ago. This essay will tell you about my journey.”

Give us a synopsis of The Other F Word and what led you to create it.

The Other F Word is a dramatic comedy about four women friends in midlife that addresses issues like empty-nesting, re-entering the workforce, sexuality, dating after divorce/widowhood and more. At its heart, the series is about friendship and finding oneself– an adult coming-of-age in mid-life story.

“I noticed so many changes happening at this chapter of life that seemed ripe for episodic exploration. I fashioned it more around Girls than Sex and the City as it’s less about finding prince charming and more about finding oneself.

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What do you wish to accomplish with The Other F Word?

“I want to create an entertaining series that shines a light on the experiences and journeys of women in midlife. A show for us. It’s a chapter of life that is grossly under-represented in episodic television.”

How do YOU feel about being 54, personally and professionally?

564516643_295x166“It is what it is. Turning 50 was pretty traumatic, I must admit, but now that I’m on the other side I find it a very freeing time. I use the hashtags #nofear #noregrets to describe the other side of 50. I do believe that I look and feel better than ever, but there are signs of aging – internally and externally- that I have to come to terms with. But, all in all I’m having a lot of fun, and fun never gets old.”

Do you think 20-and 30-something women can learn something from The Other F Word?

“I believe that many of the story lines that I introduce are universal.

Where did you get the inspiration for the women?  Are they based on real women you know, or is each one a compilation of women?

“I think each character is an extension of me and women I know. I also read a lot of blogs so I could validate that these characters are dealing with issues that others are experiencing.”

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Do you have a favorite character from the show? Who and why is she your favorite?

“That’s like asking ‘who’s your favorite child?’ The first season, as we were limited on time, mostly focuses on Amy’s journey as a happily married, stay-at-home mom, whose life is majorly changed when her husband unexpectedly leaves her for the Peace Corps. I wanted his midlife crisis act to be charitable so it’s somewhat grey. Amy and her husband met when they were young, and now they complete each other’s sentences. I wanted to give them a year where they are challenged to complete a whole sentence metaphorically, and then we’ll see what happens after a year.

“I’ve been told that Amy’s story is relatable to women even if they don’t walk in her shoes. While the three other women are just briefly introduced, each will have her own complex and dramatic journey, rich with humor, in future seasons.”

What’s been the reaction to the series so far?

f49d7d_e0f26b25e3724103bbd39af3eda728a5-mv2_d_2002_1410_s_2“I’ve been overwhelmed by how positively the show is being received. It really is connecting with people of all ages and genders.”

Did I leave out anything that you’d like to discuss?

“When pitching this project as a traditional show, while I knew the impossible odds of selling it, I was blind-sided by one of the main reasons it was dismissed – blatant ageism. I was repeatedly told that while the script was good, the audience is a ‘tough demographic,’ which we know is simply not true.

“Encouraged by allies in the industry, I took my wrath to the web, the new frontier to create episodic stories. Season One was produced on a micro budget, with a team of ‘believers’.” in the hopes that if the show is well received and can cultivate an audience, it will attract financing for more episodes.

The Other F Word is my most personal project as I really do believe our stories matter and want to see them live on not only for me, but for all my midlife sisters in arms. To learn more about the project, please visit our website.”

Watch The Other F Word here.

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Dear Magnolia….I Love My Wife, But She Thinks I’m Cheating…..How Can I Break Through the Fog of Perimenopause? http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-love-my-wife-but-she-thinks-im-cheating-how-can-i-break-through-the-fog-of-perimenopause/ http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-love-my-wife-but-she-thinks-im-cheating-how-can-i-break-through-the-fog-of-perimenopause/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:47:56 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-love-my-wife-but-she-thinks-im-cheating-how-can-i-break-through-the-fog-of-perimenopause/ I have a confession to make.  When I first started this blog I was married. Now, 7 years later, I’m divorced.  My divorce, as many of you might know, was very acrimonious, very painful, and very difficult.  I went through a very dark period where my attitude toward men in general was not very generous. […]

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Do Diet & Exercise Really Help Symptoms of Perimenopause? http://venusblogs.com/do-diet-exercise-really-help-symptoms-of-perimenopause/ http://venusblogs.com/do-diet-exercise-really-help-symptoms-of-perimenopause/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:26:55 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/do-diet-exercise-really-help-symptoms-of-perimenopause/ You’ve heard it a million times if you’ve heard it once: Diet and exercise fixes everything. So, it’s no surprise then that many healthcare professionals recommend a change in diet and moderate exercise to help women cope with perimenopause symptoms.  But does it really work? According to one of my favorite hormone health gurus, Dr. […]

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Ovarian Cancer: The “Silent Killer” That Must Be Stopped http://venusblogs.com/ovarian-cancer-the-silent-killer-that-must-be-stopped/ http://venusblogs.com/ovarian-cancer-the-silent-killer-that-must-be-stopped/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:19:11 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/ovarian-cancer-the-silent-killer-that-must-be-stopped/ woman-doctor-200If you knew there was a killer on the loose that was attacking over 21,000 women every year — with close to 15,000 of them dying as a result — wouldn’t you demand that the government spend as much money, manpower, energy and intelligence as necessary to find the killer and bring him down?

What if you realized there wasn’t remotely enough money or research behind the effort to effectively stop this killer in his tracks?

What if you discovered that the killer actually left clues, giving many of the victims some advance warning?

And, what if you heard that many women — and their doctors — who were given a heads up either ignored the signs, or confused them with other possibilities, until it was too late?

This is a typical scenario surrounding ovarian cancer, and the statistics haven’t changed much in over 30 years, when the “War on Cancer” was first declared. It is drastically under-funded especially when compared to the number of women it attacks and kills each year. Essential research to prevent, screen and effectively treat ovarian cancer — which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers — lags behind many other diseases.

My friend Karen’s mother succumbed to ovarian cancer just a few years ago. Like far too many of the other women who are diagnosed each year, Karen’s mother experienced the symptoms of ovarian cancer, but mistook them for the intestinal discomfort she had experienced most of her life. Karen told me:

My mother was a classic textbook case. For much of her adult life she had battled lower intestinal issues. Constipation and serious bloating were a constant. Even after years of consulting with different doctors for yet more opinions, ovarian cancer was never, ever discussed. It was not until she was stage IIIC, when a very large tumor was detected during another consultation with a gastroenterologist. He found the tumor on an x-ray he had requested of the pelvic area.

Even though the signs were there, and she was in her 70s (the median age for women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 63), doctors assumed her growing discomfort was from her intestinal problems, but they were wrong. In addition, she had a hysterectomy 20 years before being diagnosed, but her ovaries, which were healthy at the time, were not removed. At no point in all those years did any doctor suggest that Karen’s mother be vigilant about the signs of ovarian cancer, or urge her to get the special tests to potentially diagnose ovarian cancer.

According to Dr. Margaret Nachtigall, a leading reproductive endocrinologist in New York City:

Ovarian cancer has always been called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until it was too late. However, recent studies show that this term is inaccurate, and there are specific symptoms that are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population.

It is called a “silent killer” because for too many years, ovarian cancer was simply not on anyone’s radar screens, including that of the medical community, contributing to the high mortality rate. It’s time to take charge of your body, and help change the statistics.

In honor and memory of all women who have succumbed to ovarian cancer, and to acknowledge September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it is probably the most appropriate time to review this list of symptoms, risk factors, early detection tools, treatments, and guidelines on when to tell (not ask) your doctor that you want the “early detection” tests performed. Listen to your body, be ovariancancermonthforwebvigilant of changes, and demand medical attention when you know it’s required. It’s your body. Yours. And you are your own best advocate.

According to the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, here are the most important things you need to know:

Possible symptoms of ovarian cancer, especially when experienced together and for several weeks:

Bloated for no reason
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Back pain
Abdomen has increased in size
Difficulty eating or loss of appetite
Losing weight without reason
Frequent and regular indigestion
Urinary incontinence
Constipation
Extreme fatigue

Many of these symptoms mimic common intestinal ailments, which was the case with Karen’s mother. Always have these symptoms checked by the appropriate doctor, even if you’ve always suffered from the discomfort of intestinal issues, but especially if they come on suddenly and don’t go away after a few weeks. Do not delay.

Is there a link between ovarian cancer and obesity?

This connection has been studied for many years, with conflicting results. However, it seems as though a surplus of estrogen produced by fat cells in the body may be driving an increase in ovarian cancer in women who are considered obese (BMI of 30 or more). According to Dr. Nachtigall, a 2009 study found that obesity was associated with an almost 80 percent higher risk of this cancer in women ages 50 to 71 who had not taken hormones after menopause — another excellent reason to maintain a healthy weight, especially after 50.

There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer, as there are for other cancers, but there are “early detection tools.” Not only do researchers need to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer, like mammograms for breast cancer and pap tests for cervical cancer, but women and medical professionals need to become more aware of ovarian cancer symptoms.

The most effective “early detection tools” available right now include:

Transvaginal ultrasound – a procedure used to examine the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes
Blood test – a test that measures the level of CA-125 protein in the blood, which might be a sign of cancer. Although the CA-125 blood test is more accurate in postmenopausal women, it is not a reliable early detection test for ovarian cancer. In about 20 percent of advanced stage ovarian cancer cases and 50 percent of early stage cases, the CA-125 is not elevated even though ovarian cancer is present. As a result, doctors generally use the CA-125 blood test in combination with a transvaginal ultrasound.

While most doctors would recommend these tests on those women who are considered high risk, many doctors, including my own, routinely perform these tests on women over fifty during annual gynecological exams. Discuss these with your gynecologist at your next visit.

What’s on the horizon?

There are not enough funds to put behind this dreadful disease. We need more money, and more brainpower focusing on this not-so-silent killer. But, for now, there are a few tests and tools that are being studied, any one of which, or all, could end up being the magic bullet women so desperately need and deserve. Visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance website for updated information about new tests, drug trials, and studies.

Women can reduce the risks of getting ovarian cancer if they:

Are extremely alert to changes in our bodies and report them to our doctors
Insist on getting transvaginal ultrasounds at annual exams
Use oral contraceptives
Choose have your ovaries removed (after careful consideration)
Maintain a healthy weight, and eat a diet high in vegetables and grains, and low in fats

Ovarian cancer has the potential to kill, so you need to defend yourself:

Demand that your doctor perform — and your insurance company pay for — the transvaginal ultrasound and the CA-125 blood test at every annual gynecological exam.
Keep your weight at a healthy level and move your body every day
And the most important defense of all: Listen to your body. It will tell you if there’s something wrong.

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Menopause Awareness Month: Tips for Finding Natural Hot Flash Relief http://venusblogs.com/menopause-awareness-month-tips-for-finding-natural-hot-flash-relief/ http://venusblogs.com/menopause-awareness-month-tips-for-finding-natural-hot-flash-relief/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:09 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/menopause-awareness-month-tips-for-finding-natural-hot-flash-relief/ Contributed and Sponsored by NovaSoy As women enter their 40s and 50s, it’s inevitable: perimenopause and menopause will begin. And, so will the hot flashes—one of the most common, symptoms of menopause. There are a variety of natural solutions for overcoming these unpleasant hot flashes. Natural remedies typically involve plants or habitual lifestyle changes. As […]

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I Remember 9-11 http://venusblogs.com/i-remember-9-11/ http://venusblogs.com/i-remember-9-11/#respond Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:00:14 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/i-remember-9-11/

 

Yes, I remember.

for_liveimagememorial-2I remember being at a meeting at my daughters’ school, as the principal came into the room to tell us that a plane had “lost control and hit one of the World Trade Center buildings.”  We rescheduled the meeting, feeling unnerved.

I walked home, very quickly, hearing bits of conversations people were having in the streets about “terrorists,” “suicides,” “President Bush,” and on and on. Without realizing it, I started running.

I remember trying to call my husband, who was on his way to the World Trade Center for a meeting, but no calls were getting through. The lines were overwhelmed.

I remember getting home, putting on the television in time to see the second plane hit the South Tower. My husband called me. He was just reaching the area in a taxi when he saw the second plane hit. Miraculously, the driver was able to turn the car around and leave the area.

My husband went to our daughters’ school to take them home.

I remember having to pull myself together, after having been on my knees staring at the television, at the carnage, at the impossible sight of an airplane sticking out of the World Trade Center. This couldn’t be happening. Not here. Not in America. Not here in New York City. Not a few miles from my home. Not anywhere.

I remember my husband coming home with the girls–not quite 4 and 8 at the time–ashen-faced from what he had just gone through, trying to look calm to protect our daughters. I made them a snack, and put them in front of the television so they could watch a DVD. They knew something big was happening, but we weren’t ready to discuss it with them, because we didn’t even know what was happening.

I remember going into my office with my husband, closing the door, watching as the South Tower started to collapse, at almost 10:00am.  An impossible sight. Not possible. Sitting on the floor, holding my knees, and rocking myself back and forth, praying for comfort that wouldn’t come, sobbing, sobbing, sobbing, uncontrollably. There were no words we could say to each other. No words.

I remember it all being a blur, watching the television, trying to call people, trying to wrap my head around what was happening.

I remember going into the bathroom to wash my face with cold water, and calm down, so I could check on the girls, and to especially make sure they were watching Pocahontas, not the coverage of the attack. Just at that moment, I watched the North Tower collapse.

I remember looking at Howard and seeing him go white. In that one moment, he and I both realized how close he had come to being in the World Trade Center. He had been running late that morning.

I remember sitting down with the girls, trying to explain what happened, that the President and our government and the police were working to make sure we were safe, and that they were going to get the bad guys.

I remember watching from my window, the plumes of smoke emanating from downtown.

I remember feeling the need to be outside, to see other New Yorkers, to be with them.  We took the girls to Carl Schurz Park, near the East River, to distract them.

I remember the stench that was coming from downtown, blowing toward us in the wind. As the adults sat on benches in the park, shaken, red-eyed, but trying to look calm for the kids that were playing around us, we tried not to cry.

I remember the days and weeks afterward, the memorial services, the concerts, the reports, the analyses. It all made sense. And yet, none of it made any sense at all.

I remember the anger.

I remember the deep, gut-wrenching sorrow.

I remember my four-year old daughter’s teacher calling to say that Elizabeth repeatedly built towers with blocks, and then, with one swipe of her hand, knocked them down. Over and over.

I remember how my 8-year old could not be comforted at bedtime, and would come into our room almost every night . . . for years.

I remember there was a fire in the building across the street from us a few months after 9-11 and how my older daughter screamed and could not be consoled.  For months afterward she would panic if she heard a siren.

I remember my husband taking Sarah to visit Fireman Tony–one of the fortunate survivors of 9-11–from our local fire department. Fireman Tony told Sarah that it was a good thing when she heard a siren because that means that a police officer, or fireman, or doctor was on his or her way to save someone. And, Fireman Tony also assured Sarah that he was there, just two blocks away, to protect her and her family.  Sarah stopped panicking when she heard a siren starting that night.

I remember reading “The Looming Tower” by Lawrence Wright, to try to make sense of why this could happen. It’s the closest explanation there is to what led up to this point, bar none.

I remember knowing that our lives as Americans were changed forever.

I remember knowing that there is grief in my heart that will never go away.

I remember knowing that we can never let that grief change how we live our lives.

I remember that 9-11-01 introduced one of the darkest periods of our country’s history, including wars we should not be in.

firemen-9-11-never-forgetOn the 15th Anniversary of 9-11, we will do what we always do: honor the memories of all those who perished. We will visit our local fire department, bringing flowers in honor of those we lost, and cookies for those who carry on. We will respect the moments of silence, as follows (courtesy of 911Memorial.org):

8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC).
9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC).
9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.
9:59 a.m.: The South Tower (2 WTC) collapses.
10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pa.
10:28 a.m.: The North Tower (1 WTC) collapses. The 16-acre World Trade Center site is in ruins, with collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. A rescue and recovery effort begins immediately.

We will reflect, pray, and hope.

And, we will cry.

 

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Do You Know What Dermatoporosis Is? http://venusblogs.com/do-you-know-what-dermatoporosis-is/ http://venusblogs.com/do-you-know-what-dermatoporosis-is/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:05:13 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/do-you-know-what-dermatoporosis-is/ National Osteoporosis FoundationAs proud Bone Health Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, I am fully aware of how essential it is to take good care of our bones to live our best lives. This is especially true for women because once we go through the magical mystery tour of menopause, our bones can become more brittle and thinner, increasing our chance of succumbing to osteoporosis, putting us at a higher risk for fractures.

The key is to eat foods rich in calcium, keep tabs on your vitamin D levels (take supplements if necessary), and strengthen your bones with exercises such as running, jumping, and push-ups.

Get all the latest information about keeping your bones healthy for life by going to www.NOF.org regularly.

What causes our bones to get thinner? The real culprit is the loss of estrogen. Levels start to fluctuate when we’re in our 40s, and then take a nosedive once we’re through menopause.

But, it’s not just our bones that can get thinner. Our skin does, too. Dermatologists created a new word to describe what happens to our skin as we get older and it gets thinner — dermatoporosis.

Dermatoporosis happens to most of us, especially if we’ve not taken good care of our skin over the years (I’m looking at you, sun-worshippers!). Skin gradually gets thinner and more fragile, leaving it vulnerable to bruising.

But, the good news is there are steps we can take right now to help build skin’s natural barrier, starting with making smart choices about protecting skin from the sun, and using the right product.

dermend_home_imgDerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula is a unique product (and one I use every day!) that is clinically proven to help build skin’s natural barrier while improving the appearance of bruised skin. It’s highly regarded and often recommended by top dermatologists. With targeted ingredients such as arnica oil, retinol, ceramides, and glycolic acid, DerMend not only helps make skin stronger, it’s a luxurious daily body moisturizer, too. Multitasking at it’s finest!

Here’s what I do every single day to defend my bones and skin from the risks of osteoporosis and dermatoporosis: go for a run (with walk breaks!), do a few jumping jacks and push-ups, and slather my body with DerMend (especially arms and legs) after my shower. It’s never too late, or too early, to take the steps to stay strong.

Click here to buy DerMend right now.  

#StayStrong

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Estrogen Dominance and Natural Progesterone: A Personal Experiment http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-dominance-and-natural-progesterone-a-personal-experiment/ http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-dominance-and-natural-progesterone-a-personal-experiment/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:08 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-dominance-and-natural-progesterone-a-personal-experiment/   This post was originally written in 2010 before I was menopausal, and still very much struggling with heavy, blood clot laden periods.  It has been updated to reflect the current opinions and views of The Perimenopause Blog in 2016.  Please be sure to read my current comments at the bottom of this post.  I […]

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Study Says Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes & Night Sweats in Menopause http://venusblogs.com/study-says-acupuncture-reduces-hot-flashes-night-sweats-in-menopause/ http://venusblogs.com/study-says-acupuncture-reduces-hot-flashes-night-sweats-in-menopause/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:57 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/study-says-acupuncture-reduces-hot-flashes-night-sweats-in-menopause/ Now here’s a study I can get behind! Published in the journal Menopause, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, concluded that “……acupuncture effectively reduced the frequency of hot flashes and night sweats in some women, and that the result were maintained for 6 months after the treatments stopped.”  Reduction in Hot Flashes Persisted for 6 Months 209 women, ages 45 […]

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