Hot flashes and sleepless nights may get more attention, but issues “down there” can be more uncomfortable and last longer than other menopause symptoms. Vaginal atrophy, or atrophic vaginitis, is a prime culprit that can result in painful itching and burning. Learn the causes of vaginal atrophy, the treatments your doctor may prescribe, and 9 ways you can help prevent it.
We all need to “reset” our nutrition habits every once in a while. Often, we may feel like we need to reset after a vacation or the holiday season. By approaching a nutrition reset that modifies one focused behavior at a time, we are much more likely to be successful in the long term. Our 4-Week Nutrition RESET does just that. Each week of the Reset has a focused goal. After one week, that behavior may start to feel more like a habit. Start with us week 1 and see the benefits add up by the end of week 4.
This Edamame Hummus recipe is a new twist on traditional hummus. It packs a huge protein and fiber punch with the edamame, plus the healthy fat from the olive oil and tahini, make it a high-satiety snack.
This loaded baked oatmeal recipe can be meal prepped the day before so it’s easy to have a heart healthy breakfast ready first thing in the morning. It’s full of soluble fiber – the type that lowers blood cholesterol, and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, so there's no added refined sugars.
Salmon is a key whole food in the Mediterranean Diet and is rich in omega 3 heart healthy fats. And some studies have shown that omega 3s have been linked to helping reduce night sweats. This sheet pan dinner takes only a few minutes to prep and it contains a perfectly balanced meal with protein, fat and carbohydrates. Plus, it’s naturally anti-inflammatory, so try this salmon recipe tonight!
Fiber is the nutrient with superpowers you need more of starting today. Fiber covers all the bases for good health. It helps maintain a healthy digestive system and supports heart health, lowers the risk of diabetes as well as certain cancers, is key to an optimal gut microbiome, and aids weight management. Here we break down both types of dietary fiber, why they are important and how you can get them in your diet.
Is menopause to blame for increased friction in your relationship? With so many of us not knowing what to expect in menopause ourselves, it’s unfair to think our partners can even begin to understand. And while this may be a hard pill to swallow, they won’t know one bit about how you are feeling unless you tell them! Learn tips for how to support yourself and your relationships through menopause.
You may be surprised to find out that you have prediabetes. Most people are diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes during midlife, so it’s not surprising that a prediabetes diagnosis may accompany your symptoms of menopause. Learn the lifestyle changes that can help you lower your blood sugar, and avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
Whether your cholesterol levels have always been healthy or you’ve had high readings in the past, your next blood work results may surprise you. Declining estrogen during menopause can raise cholesterol levels. And while elevated cholesterol is common during midlife, you shouldn’t ignore increases, even if they’re small. The sooner you take steps to curb the rise, the lower your risk of a future heart attack or stroke will be. Learn 9 ways to lower your cholesterol in menopause.
Do you feel like your get up and go has gotten up and left? You may not realize it, but a few tweaks to your morning routine can help increase your energy throughout the day, and support more positive feelings and overall productivity. The key is to stick to a ritual for your first waking hour that nourishes your body and your soul.
Eating when feeling or experiencing stress is a very common form of “emotional eating.” Gennev Registered Dietitians agree, most of us are emotional eaters to some extent and stress is a very common trigger of over-eating. There is a myriad of reasons for emotional eating, and they may be tied to both good times and those that may be more challenging. Learn the strategies that will help you manage your tendency to stress eat.
The changes in your body in the years surrounding menopause may increase your risk for health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis. With regular screenings you will be well-informed of your risk factors, and be poised to implement prescribed preventive or defensive measures. Learn about the 4 must-do annual health appointments along with 4 not to ignore after the age of 45.
Skip the resolutions this year! We are setting intentions instead of resolutions and want to encourage you to do the same, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. Let us help you thrive by encouraging and supporting you to take better care of yourself—right now! You’ll be more effective in all of the roles you juggle—wife, mom, employee, friend, volunteer, advocate—when you take care of yourself first!
Is it time to rethink your relationship with alcohol? As you are setting your healthy intentions for the new year, committing to reducing your alcohol consumption can have a real, lasting impact on your overall health all year through. Abstaining from alcohol has shown improvements in sleep, mental cognition, reduced cholesterol, lower glucose levels, blood pressure, and aids in weight-loss.
Shakshuka is a flavorful, healthy recipe that is also easy to make. This traditional dish from Northern Africa and the Middle East, is made by poaching eggs in a flavorful tomato stew full of spices. It is loaded with vegetarian protein (eggs and cheese), anti-inflammatory spices, vegetables and healthy fat. Give it a try this month or save it as a healthy meal for another time.
At the top of many women’s most wanted lists in menopause is a good night’s sleep. And arguably during menopause, women don’t just want it, they need the restorative benefits that only a good sleep can provide. Need help with your sleep routine? We’ve rounded up our best-read sleep articles and shared our staff’s picks for sleep products that can help you have a cool, peaceful night’s sleep.
Collagen supplements are trending in the marketplace, and can be found just about everywhere these days. But what is collagen exactly, and is it a valuable supplement especially for women in midlife and menopause? We’ll break it down here and share what to look for when selecting a collagen supplement.
Practicing self-care during the holidays will go a long way to protecting your health. You will have more energy, feel more calm and be ready to take on the hustle and bustle of the season. Learn seven simple ways to care for yourself over the holidays.
Did you know that stress is doubly hard for menopausal women, often compounding symptoms? If you are experiencing moodiness and quick-tempered outbursts more than you would like to admit, Gennev’s Health Coach team offers five suggestions that may help smooth out some of those sharp edges.
Do you go to bed only to find yourself staring at the ceiling with what seems like a million things running through your head? Sometimes it can feel like negative thoughts and worries are on repeat. Rumination (repetitive thinking) is usually associated with anxiety and stress. And when it occurs when you are settling in for sleep, it is also considered a symptom of insomnia. Learn 5 ways to quiet repetitive thoughts at bedtime.
Because the topic of menopause was, and is, still widely considered “taboo” or “off limits” for our mothers, and our mother’s mother (and so on), many of us find ourselves part of a tribe of women lacking the passed-down knowledge that could make all the difference for how we approach this inevitable time of our lives. Learn what advice 28 women shared for what women should “expect” in menopause.
Many women in midlife suffer from trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and low energy during daytime hours. We asked Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Wendy Ellis, to formulate a sleep supplement that would support women in menopause. She chose these ingredients for our sleep formula based on her 20 years of clinical experience. Dr. Ellis says,, “I love this combination as it helps with falling asleep, but also staying asleep, with the added benefit of reducing anxiety and inflammation.” Learn more about Sleep and its benefits.
When we asked women what they knew about menopause before starting their own journey, their answers were overwhelmingly, “not much”. Beyond hot flashes and night sweats as well as no more periods, women were unaware of what to expect. But when we asked them what surprised them most about menopause, their answers were just as unique as the experience of menopause is to every woman. Learn the 25 surprising things women shared they have experienced with menopause.
Having a healthy gut is integral to overall wellness. The bacteria in the gut serves as a communicator to other systems in the body. Changes in the bacteria in the gut microbiome can disrupt the messaging function and put you at an increased risk of many systemic conditions including cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, mental health concerns, and auto-immune disease. Learn how to create a healthy gut microbiome with a food-first approach.
Weighing the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) related to menopause can be one of the most confusing decisions a woman will make over the age of 50. Every decision about HRT should be individual, and best when made between a patient and her health care provider. If you are considering hormone therapy, take these three questions with you when you see your doctor.
Joanna Wasmuth has always juggled a variety of roles and responsibilities, producing impressive results in her career while lovingly taking care of family and friends. She has taken her strong work ethic, care, compassion, and business savvy and applied it probably to the most important job of her life—CEO of her health. Learn how Joanna has taken action to prioritize her health and well-being.
The Mediterranean diet is more of an eating style than a diet. It incorporates a variety of whole, nutrient-rich foods that provide the nourishment important for promoting heart health, reducing inflammation, stabilizing blood sugar, managing weight, and more. Many people find themselves unsure of how to get started with the Mediterranean diet so we’ve broken down the basics to help you get started with this healthy style of eating.
Menopause brings about significant changes as your ovaries stop producing estrogen. But, by focusing on your pelvic health, you can not only prevent and improve pelvic floor issues that put a damper on sex, you can also connect with your body in new and pleasurable ways.
With all the changes our bodies experience from peri to post menopause, there seems to be a never-ending list of questions women need answered. How long does it take to feel better on hormone therapy? Does when you start puberty correlate to when menopause begins? Will your migraines disappear after menopause? Gennev’s Dr. Lisa Savage, board-certified OB/GYN, answers 22 questions from our community about menopause symptoms and treatments.
The changes women experience during menopause don’t just affect their insides. Their skin and hair also go through a transition. If you’re seeing noticeable changes in the health, texture and appearance of your hair and skin, chances are you can blame declining levels of the hormone estrogen. . These unwanted and often unexpected changes can be frustrating, but there are things you can do to protect your skin and hair throughout the menopause transition.
Many women in menopause find their standard eat-and-exercise routine no longer works for maintaining weight. The reality is, in menopause, you’ve probably lost some muscle mass, and with it the higher metabolism that burns more calories faster. On average, midlife women gain 1.5 pounds per year. Managing your weight in menopause is simply more difficult. So how do you combat weight gain in menopause? Learn the eight lifestyle changes that can help make a difference.
Feelings of increased anxiety, depression, anger, rage, and panic are not uncommon for women to experience during the menopause transition. Estrogen and progesterone play a role in our brain chemistry, so as these hormones change, there can be downstream effects to the regulation of the brain chemicals which regulate mood and emotions. These hormonal shifts have a tendency to exacerbate underlying symptoms such as anxiety and depression that have existed previously, even if not as intense.
Through the menopause transition, hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are fluctuating as they slowly decline. These changes create a new physiological environment for the body which has metabolic effects that influence how the body metabolizes food. Stasi Kasianchuk, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and Gennev’s Director of Health Coaching, shares key nutrition recommendations for women in menopause that will support the body through the transition and optimize health outcomes now and into the future.
In part five, the final transcript in our 5-part series where Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su’s speaks with David Steward on the SuperAge podcast, “HRT, Estrogen and Menopause, New Scientific Findings”, we’ll learn Dr. Rebecca’s take on whether intermittent fasting is beneficial, why strength training is key for women, and why it’s so important to support your bones starting in your 30s. Plus, Dr. Rebecca shares what she wants every patient to know about hormone replacement therapy.
In part four of our five-part series featuring Dr. Rebecca’s appearance on the SuperAge podcast, “HRT, Estrogen and Menopause, New Scientific Findings…”, she shares the three typical usage patterns of hormone replacement therapy, dispels the risks of HRT as they relate to breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and discusses why the risk of Alzheimer’s disease is so much higher for women.
In part three of five transcripts from Dr.Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su’s interview with David Stewart on the SuperAge podcast, “HRT, Estrogen and Menopause, New Scientific Findings with Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su”, she reviews the need for quality sleep, and what you need to know about testosterone therapy in menopause.
In part two of five transcripts from Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su’s interview with the SuperAge podcast, Dr. Rebecca shares estrogen’s impact on heart and brain health, as well as why some women are not good candidates for hormone replacement therapy. Ever wondered if hormone replacement therapy is right for you? Arm yourself with this valuable information.
Gennev Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su was recently a guest on the SuperAge podcast. The episode is packed with valuable information on HRT and women’s long-term health. In part one of five transcripts from the session, Dr. Rebecca provides a thorough view of a woman’s hormonal journey, and offers insight on why hormone testing is not always necessary.
Just as injury causes inflammation, eating the wrong foods can irritate our bodies and cause oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Inflammation in our bodies can show up as joint pain, muscle aches, skin irritation and more. One of the most powerful ways to fight chronic inflammation is by following an anti-inflammatory style of eating. By eating anti-inflammatory foods, you may help reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of some common health conditions.
What foods should you eat in menopause? Nutrition can be confusing, so Gennev’s team of health experts combed the research for you, and shared their targeted recommendations for optimizing your nutrition with five key foods for women in menopause
Starting at the age of 45, women need to get their menopause check-up. Just like a mammogram, pap exam, or colonoscopy leads to awareness and treatment, the M-check answers the health pains of menopause and assesses a woman’s risks for rising cholesterol, depression, and self-doubt when it comes to sexual satisfaction. And, with 75% of women in menopause struggling with hypertension, 30% with osteoporosis, and 10% with depression, the menopause check-up addresses that too.
With predominantly negative images surrounding menopause, it may come as a surprise to find out that it’s possible to feel AMAZING during this stage of life. Learn about Gennev Integrated Menopause Care - a team approach between you, a medical doctor, and a health coach. And uncover why ninety-four percent of patients report an improvement in their menopause symptoms as a result of working with Gennev providers.
If you are among the many women who are taking the “grin-and-bear-it” approach to managing your menopause symptoms, you may be suffering needlessly. Menopause can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn 6 tips for managing symptoms as shared by Gennev physicians who are menopause specialists.
Sleep is a precious commodity. Between menopause and our 24/7 world, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough, and the health consequences of poor sleep keep piling up. That’s why it’s essential to find out if your sleep habits are jeopardizing your sleep in menopause—and your health—and take steps to fix them.
Sleep may seem more elusive during midlife and menopause than any other time of life - even after having a new baby. Ninety-six percent of women in midlife say that poor sleep is one of their top three symptoms of menopause. And many health problems can be attributed to a lack of sleep including weight gain, memory problems, decreased immunity, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Learn how you can get a good night's sleep in eight steps.
Many of the changes women’s bodies go through in menopause can challenge the strength of their immune system. When we are not sleeping well or eating right, stressing more and working out less, we may be more susceptible to illness. But making some small tweaks to your daily routine can make all the difference in maximizing your health. Why not start right now? Add these six things to your daily checklist for boosting your immunity in menopause.
If you are one of the many women who has searched online for natural alternatives for managing menopause symptoms, you may have landed on suggestions to include soy in your diet. Here, we take a deeper dive on soy, and offer five tips about what you should know about adding soy to your diet in midlife and menopause.
Feeling stressed? It may be time to build your resiliency. Midlife and menopause are prime time for increased stress in women. Menopause symptoms like mood swings, hot flashes, and sleepless nights add to your stress level and drain your resources to cope with it. While the idea of stress-free living is an illusion, it’s worth the effort to protect your health by reining in your stress. Learn how to roll with the stress by becoming more resilient.
Low libido in midlife is a fact of life for up to 87 percent of women as they get older. “We think we’re supposed to feel like we did when we were 20 rather than accepting changes as they occur" says Laurie Mintz, Ph.D. And changes in libido may be attributed to more than menopause. Learn what may contribute to low libido, the importance of responsive sexual desire in midlife, and how to get your sex life back on track.
Healthy eating is an integral part of caring for your heart and body throughout the menopause journey. A few key components can help you build a healthy, balanced lunch that will keep you satisfied and well-fueled. Learn how to build a satisfying salad plate. Plus, be inspired with three of our team's favorite heart healthy recipes.
When you’re worried about your health, your heart is probably not at the top of your list, but as you enter middle age and menopause, it should be. More women die from heart disease and stroke than all cancers combined. Learn why it spikes in midlife, along with what the controllable as well as uncontrollable risk factors are that contribute to heart disease in women. Take care of your heart with this heart health checklist for midlife and menopause.
One part of your body that probably isn’t slowing down as you approach menopause is your bladder. You may be noticing an increase in the number of times you have to pee each day, and many of those trips to the bathroom may be pretty urgent. About one in five women ages 50 to 54 experience these unpleasant conditions. Learn more about what causes bladder problems in midlife, and how to manage both stress and urge incontinence.
Is bad weather threatening your workout? Don't let it dampen your plans. These three indoor walking and strength-training workouts will boost your mood, fight belly fat, give you more energy, and help ease your menopause symptoms. The change of pace will also challenge your body in new ways and add variety to your usual routine. And they can be done in the comfort of your home (or at the gym) no matter what the weather may be.
From weight gain and sleep disruption to the safety of HRT, as an obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in menopause, Dr. Lisa Savage hears all sorts of questions related to the menopause journey. Here, she shares the top ten questions she is asked about menopause, along with her answers.
Gennev's menopause specialists get a lot of questions about testosterone levels in menopause and testosterone therapy. Women are (rightfully) confused as some providers tout it as the missing link, and others are giving them dire warnings. Learn more about testosterone therapy from Gennev's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor Su.
While middle age and menopause mean changes in our bodies, aging doesn't mean participating in physical activity is over. In this podcast episode, Gennev CEO Jill Angelo talks with Selene Yeager about how menopausal women can continue to perform at a high level — or just be fit and feel good in their bodies.
When you increase your level of physical activity, it can affect your nutritional needs such as needing more nutrient-dense foods and more fluids. If you’re not meeting these new needs, it can affect the quality of your workouts. Likewise, what you are eating can either support or sabotage your workouts. Here are seven eating habits that may be sabotaging your workouts and how to fix them.
The more consistently you walk, the more benefits you’ll reap. That’s why it’s so important to minimize your risk for injury and make walking as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here are seven dos and don’ts that will help keep you on your feet and walking strong.
Walking is easy for most of us right? But what about the simple act of making time for your walk? Learn from Michele Stanten, ACE-certified fitness instructor and Gennev walking coach, the three steps for how to make your walking practice more successful.
Going out for a walk is one of the easiest steps you can take to manage menopause symptoms and feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally—right now! Learn 50 reasons to walk throughout midlife and menopause.
What happens when women realize their stress, anxiety, and mood swings and in some cases may lead to rage and even panic? Connecting with other women in menopause who are experiencing the same emotions can help.
Banging, fluttering, racing, even skipping a beat – does your heart do any of these when you’re not exercising? We'll share how to help manage heart palpitations, and when it's best to see your doctor.
It may not be a common symptom, but for the women who experience nausea in menopause, it can be really disruptive. Find out what the possible triggers of menopausal nausea are and how to calm the upset.
We didn’t quite know where the women’s menopause stories would take us, but we knew that it takes voices coming together to create change. The kind of change for how women will experience this menopause transition.
Health Coaches are a vital link in connecting women with the care they need to take control of their menopause. Within 3 months, Gennev Health Coaches help their clients find symptom relief with natural solutions.
How long has it been since your last mammogram? Is it time for a colonoscopy? Gennev CEO Jill Angelo has committed to taking her own advice and lining up needed (and overdue) menopause checklist health exams.
"Menopause is hard, but living is in the journey," says Gennev CEO Jill Angelo. "When women commit to caring for themselves, and seeking help, they become a force that no one can hold back." Are you ready to be a force?
Our telemedicine doctors and coaches have been getting a lot of questions about the COVID vaccine, so Gennev CEO Jill Angelo asked me to share my thoughts on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines which are rolling out this month.
We know what we put on our skin can affect us systemically; it's the way nicotine patches work. So we need to be thoughtful about the products we use on our skin, especially as we get older. Tune in to our talk with Kari Gran.
There's long been a gap in the quality of care men and women receive. That discrepancy in care is exponentially greater if the woman is Black or a woman of color; greater if she's poor, greater if she's a transgender woman.
Fatigue — real fatigue — is a common symptom of menopause. It makes work hard, exercise impossible, even thinking straight can feel like it takes all your resources. Fortunately, there are menopause fatigue remedies.
Not knowing what you're jumping into can be terrifying, exhilarating, even dangerous. Aliza Sherman has jumped into many "not-knowing places" in her life, and she's learned some lessons she'd like to share.
Menopause and mental health is becoming more and more important especially with world health concerns, the economy, plus the common increase in anxiety and depression. Our health coach team shares their best advice for managing increased anxiety.
In this conversation with Gennev's Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, metabolic surgeon Dr. Erika La Vella talks about how to preserve your gut through the holiday season and stay healthier all year 'round.
Culturally, we have this idea that life slows at 50. Nothing could be further from the truth, says David Harry Stewart of the AGEIST. People in the 50-plus age group are doing all sorts of amazing things.
For the past four weeks, we’ve been defining some of the key stages of the perimenopause-to-menopause journey, helping women locate themselves on the path and take steps to take control of their health. This week is all about our Type 5s, or as we like to call them, our “Women of Mystery”!
Dr. Anna Garrett chats about the "Gut-Brain Axis" and how it affects your perception, cognition, nervous system, mood, pretty much everything. Doesn't it make sense to be sure your gut is getting exactly what it needs?
It’s week four of Global Menopause Awareness Month, and we’re continuing our journey through the phases of the menopause transition with Gennev’s Menopause Types. Type 4s, that light you see actually IS the end of the tunnel, though at times you might still feel like you’re getting hit by the train.
Rolonda Wright had abdominal pain that put her in the ER. If she'd known more about fibroids, things would have been different. She's making sure the rest of us know more. We have a Dr. answer her hysterectomy questions.
October is Global Menopause Awareness Month! Considering how many women enter perimenopause without even knowing it, “awareness” seemed like a good idea to us at Gennev. This week, we’re focusing on Type 3.
As an executive in the haircare industry, Sonsoles Gonzalez, founder of Better Not Younger, noticed that products were always geared toward the "18-44 year old women" market. What happens when a woman turns 45?