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Are Alcohol and Menopause a Good Mix?

Join Ellen Dolgen for Menopause Mondays on ellendolgen.com. This post was originally published there.  One could say that Menopause offers us a whole new reason to want to reach for our cocktail of choice. Forget work, spouses, kids, and money issues. Those may have been your old reasons for cracking open a bottle of Pinot …

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What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Dr. Allmen talks about women’s health and can help provide answers to many of your questions on her website drallmen.com. Bioidentical hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are often called “natural” hormones, because they are chemically identical to the hormones that women make primarily in their ovaries. They are definitely not “natural”, however. Instead, like all …

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Emotional Maelstrom of Perimenopause

Perimenopause. The word alone can cause intense bodily responses. Do you find yourself overcome with weepiness or even heart-felt sobbing, for no apparent reason? Do you feel like your self-esteem has just hit the floor? It’s not your fault – your hormones are playing tricks on you; you have an imbalance.  A decline in female hormones during perimenopause …

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Seeing the Light: Vision Problems as We Age

Many of you are going to notice that your vision will worsen as you transition through menopause. Dry, tired, irritated eyes affect about 60% of menopausal women. One reason for this is due to hormonal changes in menopause that affect the composition of tears. Vision and Menopause Tears have two components – a watery part …

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Do You Need Contraception After 40?

The contraception question. It’s one I raise with my forty-something patients. And it always comes as news to them that they can still get pregnant. Of course, I am not saying that a midlife pregnancy is an easy feat to accomplish. But it definitely happens with more frequency than you realize. In fact, statistically speaking, when …

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