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Monday, May 18, 2015

AGING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL


I recently had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with four other bloggers and a renowned gynecologist, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin in a Google Hangout, to talk about changes women can expect before, during, and after menopause. Like many women in this age range we had many questions we wanted to ask the doctor. 

I have to admit that I was just a wee bit nervous beforehand. First of all, I hate being videotaped and secondly I come from a generation that doesn't always sit down and openly discuss these topics. However, once the Hangout began there were no nervous butterflies. I felt like I was sitting around my coffee table talking with a group of friends I had known forever. 

I am not sure when the last time was that I laughed so much. I knew that we were all in this together. We were kindred spirits who all shared many of the same problems and concerns about our aging bodies. This was true even though we ranged in age from the late forties to the early sixties. Three of the women were married, one was a widow, and I have been single for a long period of time. 

Not every question that was asked pertained to each of us, but I think we each could relate in some way. 



This Hangout was sponsored by Replens vaginal moisturizer, and I was particularly excited about getting more information because I had just recently purchased the product. About two months ago I went to see my woman's health care provider because I had what I thought was a stubborn yeast infection. Turns out I have a common problem that happens to many women as we age. Apparently our vaginal walls tend to dry out, thin out, and become itchy as we age due to lack of estrogen. Not very comfy I am here to tell you. So what's a girl to do? I knew enough to add lots of moisturizer to my drying skin, (I love hearing people say I am young looking for my age, but believe me there are days when I feel like my whole body is turning into a dried up prune) but I wasn't quite sure what to do about this problem. That is where Replens came in. My healthcare provider said it would really help my problem. Still, I am ever the sceptic and I am not one to add things to my body without lots of research. My research was handed to me in the form of the wonderful Dr. Minkin.

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Minkin has a special interest in reproductive health and menopause, and has written several books for women on these topics.

I felt like I had the best expert right in my own home. It was just like a good old fashioned house call where you can take your time and share all of your concerns with a caring doctor. 

There is so much more I could tell you about our get together, but lucky for all of us our session was videotaped and you, my sweet readers, have the opportunity to learn what those of us in the group did. Although I am being compensated by Replens for this post, all opinions are my own and I am very, very happy with the product. I hope you enjoy the video.

The opinions expressed in this video are those of the participants and are not those of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.


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27 comments:

  1. I watched the video and went to the website on Replens. I used this once, and it made me feel worse. However, I have had vulvar vestibulitis for ten years now, since the onset of menopause. It affects my daily life. I will never again attempt sex or get a pap smear. What happens within 48 hours is that, from the subsequent tear due to my thin-ness, I will then get a yeast infection that does not go away for months. I haven't been able to wear jeans or anything with a zipper in ten years. I can't sit for or drive for long because sitting hurts.It affects my urinary tract and there is often pain and spasms there, as well as vulvar stabbing pain. I have been to all kinds of specialists, and they seem to concur that this is just it. Day to day misery. Obviously this has caused frustration as well as depression.What would you say, doctor?
    Brenda

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  2. I would ask if there are any foods with natural hormones that we can eat to look and feel younger?

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  3. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/600394037955137538

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  4. I would ask which vitamins or herbal supplements are recommended for perimenopause.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  5. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/600399864095232000

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  6. What's the perfect age to start taking supplements for early menopause?

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    https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/600401564428185600

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  8. My question is, is there a certain age when these moisturizing products should be used, or does it depend on the individual?
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/600404515951550464

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    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/600409517839384576

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  11. I would ask about using HRTHormone Replacement Therapy and is is safe? And what type of hormones if any does the Doctor recommend.

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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    https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/600431205440294913

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  13. I would ask him when is the best time of the day to apply this product? yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  14. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/600456357527965696 yarbr012@gmail.com

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  15. I loved the video, it was so great to see you and Claudia in "almost person!" I thought it was presented in a open and honest way, for a potentially touchy subject, it was handled with class and tact. And it was truly interesting.

    Jen

    Jen

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  16. I would ask at what age do most women begin experiencing symptoms and are there any medications that contribute to the condition?

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  17. https://twitter.com/dawnmonroe83/status/600602378526658560

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  18. what are the natural hormonal regulators to help with symptoms

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  19. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/600641269744861185

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  20. I wasn't sure what to expect on the video, but it was informative and hilarious. I'm premenopausal, so it was interesting.

    Thank you, Laura :)

    xo
    rue

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  21. I would ask about the mood "side effects" of menopause to expect down the road.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I would ask if any food help to ease the symptoms instead of taking supplements.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  23. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/601583804105371648

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  24. My question is what are the best supplements to take for menopause?

    nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  25. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/601683465608638465

    nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  26. I would ask what vitamins and supplements I really need and if there are any foods that can have negative or positive effects.

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  27. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/602504402717380609

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