Menopause Over 50s Lifestyle

Become Your Own Menopause Health Advocate!

October 1, 2016
Menopause be a health advocate

How are you managing your Menopause?  Are you informed or do you feel like you are muddling through and just trying to survive hot flushes, mood swings and feeling blue?

I’m very excited and honoured to introduce my guest writer, Ellen Dolgen.  Ellen is on a mission to help women survive menopause and as you will see in her Bio below, is an experienced author, blogger, speaker, health, wellness and menopause advocate.  I recommend you check out her website and social media links at the end of the post for helpful and informative advice.

In this article Ellen provides us with tips and information on how we need to be proactive with our menopause and health.  Ellen suggests that instead of just surviving we need to become our own Menopause Health Advocate.

Menopause Be Your Own Health Advocate

Ellen writes:

You can’t leave your perimenopause and menopause symptoms on the kitchen counter when you leave the house.

It’s, also, pretty tough to pretend you are “fine” when you are dripping wet from a hot flash, sleepless and irritable. Your family, co- workers, loved ones, and friends are not buying it! Anyone who cares about you knows when you are not feeling well.

You are not alone in this menopause business!  According to,

An estimated 6,000 U.S. women reach menopause every day.  That is over 2 million of us per year. In addition, more women are living beyond age 65. A women’s average life expectancy in the western world is estimated at 79. 7 years.”

Here are some simple tips that will help you become your own best menopausal health advocate so that you CAN find the help you need and deserve:

  • Find a Menopause Specialist! This may not be the doctor who delivered your babies. This is a medical professional that has been specifically trained to help women in perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. If you go to a healthcare provider to get menopause advice and your provider tells you, “You’re too young to be in menopause”, don’t go home and suffer in silence. Trust how you feel! You know when you don’t feel well! If your current specialist is unable to help you – find another one!  No divorce attorney is needed!
  • Educate yourself on perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. If you are pre-menopausal – take charge of your fertility and family planning.
  • Get the proper hormone testing to measure your levels such as DHEAS, Estradiol, Free and Total Testosterone, FSH, Progesterone, Thyroid Panel, just to name a few.
  • Chart your symptoms. I worked with doctors to create an easy to use Menopause Symptoms Chart that will help you to quickly and accurately explain how you feel to your doctor. You can download this chart and start charting your symptoms today! Take your filled out chart in with you when you see your menopause specialist.
  • Understand your options – both hormonal and non-hormonal.
  • Communicate openly and honestly to your loved ones so that you can get their love and support.

You CAN get the help that you need and deserve! Educate yourself and become your own health advocate so that you are proactive about your health, rather than reactive.

For more detailed support, download my FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause.

My motto is:   Suffering silence is OUT!  Reaching out is IN!

Meet Ellen


Got Menopause?  Get!

Ellen DolgenFor Ellen Dolgen, menopause education is a mission. Spurred by her own experience struggling with the symptoms of menopause, Dolgen has devoted the last ten years of her life to sharing the keys to the menopause kingdom on  With her latest free e-Book,  MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause, Menopause MondaysTM weekly blog, and A Singing Uterus Explains Perimenopause and Menopause video, Dolgen’s goal is to empower women to become their own health advocates.

Her motto is: Suffering in silence is OUT!  Reaching out is IN!

Through her books, weekly Menopause MondaysTM blog, speaking engagements, and humorous videos, Dolgen helps women learn how to understand perimenopause and menopause in a style more akin to having coffee with a vivacious girlfriend. She educates, enlightens and entertains her audiences while providing them an easy to implement a roadmap to successfully address their menopausal journey.

Ellen has been #1 on Dr. Oz Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause. From 2012 thru 2016, Mondays was named one of the “Best Menopause Blogs” by Healthline. Ellen was asked to be one of the first regularly featured bloggers on HuffPost50 and so began the syndication of Menopause MondaysTM blog on other health sites.

Ellen offers health and wellness programs for businesses, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. She facilitates Menopause MondaysTM Parties throughout the country. To further educate the sisterhood, Ellen works with pharmaceutical companies such as Novo Nordisk and Pfizer to create menopause awareness campaigns and a series of menopause videos with Kim Cattrall.

Ellen has appeared on the “TODAY Show”, “TODAY Kathie Lee & Hoda”, “The Katie Show,” “NBC Nightly News”, “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Doctors,” Oprah Radio, Playboy Radio, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Doctor Radio, and dozens of regional and national media outlets. In 2011, she appeared in a production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Ellen has a lifelong commitment to health and wellness. She serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. She has chaired and served on various boards and committees for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, San Diego Hospice, Brandeis University, NARAL, the Phoenix Heart Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Angel Charity for Children, Brewster Auxiliary, and Handmaker Home for the Aging.

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  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski October 2, 2016 at 21:53

    Love all of Ellen’s advice and tips. Right on point. I’ve had support since I hit peri-menopause from a great doctor!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 3, 2016 at 14:56

      I’ve been so lucky Cathy and never really had bad symptoms at all so now I’m on the other side thank goodness.

  • Reply Leanne October 4, 2016 at 09:58

    I love Ellen’s stuff – she is so open about all the menopause issues and is not afraid to address any of them. I haven’t really hit the tough stage yet and I’m hoping I’ll skip over it relatively unscathed!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2016 at 09:12

      I know Leanne, I actually stumbled my way through menopause which fortunately wasn’t too bad. I do believe keeping fit and eating a healthy diet is the way to go.

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark October 4, 2016 at 14:30

    I have learned more about menopause from Ellen than from anyone else. She is a such a great source of practical information, and so supportive. Every midlife woman should be reading her work!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2016 at 09:14

      Totally agree Lois, Ellen has so much useful information and a great way of communicating it so we understand the technical side of things.

  • Reply Carol Cassara October 4, 2016 at 22:10

    Elien is amazing and so is her blog, full of helpful menopause content.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2016 at 09:20

      She certainly is Carol and such a wealth of knowledge.

  • Reply Tamara Warner Minton October 5, 2016 at 01:00

    Isn’t Ellen Dolgen fabulous?? Thanks for giving her some space on your blog to help women!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2016 at 09:21

      Yes she is Tam and I love being able to present this information to my blog so I can help others going through Menopause. I’m not an expert so that is where a guest writer is great to have and Ellen is so informative.

  • Reply Rosemond October 5, 2016 at 11:33

    Yay! So glad that we can talk about these things that prior generations had to endure in shame and silence. Keep sharing your info!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2016 at 09:18

      I know Rosie, like many things Menopause or Change of Life as it was called was a taboo subject and women suffered in silence. Yay for Ellen!

  • Reply Charlotte October 6, 2016 at 18:55

    This is a little bit far away from me but having heard all of the horror stories of menopause I am glad there is some advice where I can gain a bit of control as and when!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 7, 2016 at 20:28

    It is so good that this help is out there and that the subject is being talked about.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2016 at 16:39

      Ellen is very knowledgeable Kathleen I always find her posts very informative.

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