Written by Karen Giblin, Founder and President Red Hot Mamas
Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Greetings! I’m Karen Giblin, founder of Red Hot Mamas®, author, speaker and the mother of two lovely daughters. I’ve dedicated my life to caring about the health concerns of women. I know how important it is to have essential health information to maintain optimal health throughout all of our lives.
Personally, my mother spoke to me about menstruation, the childbirth, but she did not share her wisdom with me about menopause.
Many women have shared with me that they lacked information about menopause, and as a result, it left them feeling frightened, embarrassed by the symptoms associated with menopause and having feelings of anxiety.
I designed this website to help women, and their loved ones, to understand that menopause is a normal life transition and to encourage women not to view menopause negatively. Menopause can be a positive event and there is no reason why women can’t enjoy vibrant health during the menopause transition and through their postmenopausal years.
Women’s History Month is observed annually during the month of March. We hope that you take the time to honor all those great women who have fought for us to gain equality and women’s rights.
I also think it’s a great month to just send a thank you card to women who have made a difference in your life. Whether they have contributed to your personal life, society, or even the world, just by sending them a simple note, you can show your appreciation for their efforts.
Trivia- Take a Women’s History Quiz. The answers will be at the end.
Red Hot Ways to Help Make Your Journey Through Menopause Easier:
Drop the negative image of menopause and recognize it as a natural transition that every woman goes through. It occurs when the ovaries run out of eggs and estrogen production declines and menstrual periods become irregular and finally stop. The average age of natural menopause is 51.4 years, give or take 5 years. Early menopause can occur due to surgical removal or radiation of ovaries or chromosomal abnormalities.
I am 54 years old and have been steeped in perimenopause for 5 years. Earlier this year I started experiencing such severe symptoms that I began HRT. Connecting with other women globally over the internet and locally who are going through this has helped me more than the meds.
Results of a national survey conducted by Inspire with the National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Community Osteoporosis is a serious disease in which bones become progressively thinner and weaker until they can easily fracture. Osteoporosis can have a debilitating effect on patients, robbing them of their mobility, independence, and health. Although a number of prescription medicines are available to treat osteoporosis, the medicine only works if it is taken as directed. Pills and tablets for osteoporosis are associated with an alarmingly high rate of noncompliance/nonadherence. Indeed, studies have established that some 51% of patients fail to adhere to treatment within the first 12 months following treatment initiation.1 Nonadherence with treatment is a dangerous issue in osteoporosis; if 20% of the prescription is not taken as directed, the effectiveness of the drug is reduced.2