Mood Swings in Menopause: 5 Ways to Take the Edge Off
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.
How to Quiet Repetitive Thoughts at Bedtime
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.
What to Expect in Menopause
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.
Isn't It Time for a Good Night's Sleep?
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.
The Most Surprising Aspects of Menopause
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.
How to Create a Healthy Gut Microbiome
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.
Three Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hormone Therapy
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.
A Menopause Story: Be the CEO of Your Health
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.
How to Eat the Mediterranean Diet Way
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.
Sex, Menopause and Your Pelvic Floor
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.
Your Menopause Questions Answered: Symptoms and Treatments
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.
Your Hair and Skin in Menopause
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.
How To Combat Weight Gain in Menopause
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.
Mental Health Support in Menopause
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.
Nutrition Recommendations for the Menopause Transition
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.
Intermittent Fasting, Strength Training and Caring For Your Bones
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.
Alzheimer’s In Women: Is There an Increased Risk?
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.
What You Need to Know About Testosterone Therapy in Menopause
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.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Right for You?
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.
The Hormonal Journey and Why Hormone Testing is Not Helpful
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.
How to Eat an Anti-inflammatory Diet
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.
Five Key Foods to Include in Menopause
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
Menopause Check-up for Women Over 45
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.
Making the Case for Integrated Menopause Care
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.
The Menopause Doctor Is In: Tips from Gennev Physicians
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.
How Dangerous Are Your Sleep Habits?
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.
Women's Guide to a Good Night's Sleep in Menopause
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.
How to Boost Your Immunity in Menopause
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.
Five Things to Know About Soy Foods and 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.
How to Counteract Stress in Menopause: Resiliency
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 it More Than Menopause?
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.
How to Build Satisfying Salads: 3 Heart Healthy Recipes
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.
Women’s Guide to Heart Health in Menopause and Beyond
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.
Overactive Bladder, Incontinence and Menopause: Stop the Urge and Leaks
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.
3 Indoor Walking Workouts for Bad Weather Days
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.
Dr. Lisa Savage Answers the Top 10 Questions About Menopause
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.
Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor Su Weighs in on Testosterone Therapy in Menopause
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.
Joint Pain and Menopause: 11 Pain Stoppers
Aching fingers, tight hips, sore knees … menopause joint pain is one of the most common symptoms women have to face. Learn eleven things you can do to help manage the pain.
Live Forward with Selene Yeager
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.
Are You Sabotaging Your Workouts?: 7 eating habits to avoid
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.
How to Maximize Your Workout: Seven Walking Dos and Don'ts
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.
How to Start Walking: 3 Steps to Success
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.
Get Moving in Menopause: 50 Benefits of Walking
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.
Five Weird Things That May Happen in Menopause
There are at least 34 symptoms of menopause, and over the course of your journey, you may experience some strange symptoms that you are not aware of. If you do, it’s good to know you are not alone.
Menopause and Facial Hair: Oh, Pluck This…
The true sign of friendship may be letting your friend know when she’s sprouted an impressive new chin hair. Menopause facial hair can be coarser and darker. What to do? (If anything.)
Menopause and Emotional Wellness: You Are Not Alone
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.
Gennev's 2021 Women's Health Checklist
2021 has arrived. And whether you consider yourself a "healthy" person or not, January represents an opportunity for new behaviors...or reestablishing old best practices.
Gennev's Best of 2020 menopause information
"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?
"Skincaring" as a mission with Kari Gran
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.
Equality in women's health with Denise Pines
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.
Menopause Fatigue Remedies: Fighting the exhaustion
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.
CBD Oil and Menopause with Aimée Shunney, ND
For women dealing with perimenopause and menopause symptoms on top of everything else, the stress can seem unmanageable. Don't worry. Here's a chat about CBD oil for menopause.
Gut health for the holidays with Dr. Erika La Vella
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.
Life After 50 with David Harry Stewart of AGEIST
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.
Thriving through Menopocalypse with Amanda Thebe
With so many symptoms, menopause can seem like the end of your world.. Athlete and women's health and fitness expert Amanda Thebe tells us how she learned to thrive, even during Menopocalypse.
Menopause Type 5: In Transition
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: The gut-brain axis
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?
Menopause Type 4: Post-menopause
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.
Common Hysterectomy Questions Answered
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.
Menopause Type 3: Early Menopause
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.
Menopause Type 2: Perimenopause
It's important for every woman to know what's happening in her body so she can respond appropriately. We believe no woman in menopause should be in the dark about the changes in her body.
Menopause Type 1: Pre-menopause
Sometimes it seems like the answer to every menopause question is, "It depends." Not particularly helpful. Gennev has designed the Menopause Journey Map to help women understand where they are in the transition, control symptoms, and be prepared.
Aging in the time of Zoom
Have you ever spent this much of your workday staring at your own face? Thanks to the pandemic, we're all in streamed meetings, with our faces staring back at us. In a culture that values youth, what toll is that taking?
Grief and loss in the menopause transition
Many experience menopause as a time of grief and loss. We talked with grief and transition expert Kathleen Putnam about how to work through these feelings to embrace the new us.
How To Get Better Sleep During Menopause
Don't just dream of better sleep. CBD, a component of the hemp plant, is showing promising results for helping women rest easier. Learn more about how to get better sleep during menopause
Coffee with Gennev's HealthFix coaches
All our HealthFix coaches are also Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with special training in menopause care. Learn more in this podcast with our coaching team: Director Stasi Kasianchuk and Coaches Jessica Gingrich and Katie Linville.
Welcome to the New Gennev!
Our VP of Technology Sarah Ramsay talks about the challenges of building a platform that easily connects women to menopause care, protects privacy, and is beautiful. Introducing the new Gennev!