Menopause Survival Guide: 7 TIPS to Keep Your Sanity Intact

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Debbie Robins
Author, “Shovel It!”
Posted: May 4, 2010 04:02 PM

I am, unfortunately, a woman who went into menopause early (hello hysterectomy). Although I believe that everything happens in life for our advancement/learning, I’d really like to give the Almighty a piece of my mind for the challenges of the big “M.”

I acknowledge that the menopause debate is an important one. For example, we ask: Should you take hormone replacement or not because of the potential health risks? (And again, that is arguable, just read Cynthia Gorney’s brilliant article in Sunday, April 18th’s New York Times Magazine section). Still, I choose to rub on the creams and pop the voluminous pills.

My wellness road is called bio-identical hormone replacement. This is a natural strategy derived from plants to replace the estrogen loss in a women’s cycle. The more traditional hormone replacement protocols take the estrogen from animal bladders — particularly those of sheep. Plants … sheep bladders, easy choice for me. I am a bio-identical girl and outspoken about it.

Here’s why I choose to use bio-identical hormone replacement:

WORSE THAN CRAPPY SLEEP

Before bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), sleep, as I once knew it, (seven refreshing hours of peace and quiet) became a living hell. I either couldn’t fall asleep, (toss, turn, up, down, worry, panic, meditation tapes to calm my nerves, heightened anxiety because the tapes weren’t working) or I fell asleep and then awoke every night at 3 a.m. as if someone had injected me with caffeine. The only solace on those nights was that my husband doesn’t sleep well either and we had unexpected late night meet-ups.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.