Menopause In Your 30’s

Menopause in Your 30's by Dr. Jennifer Landa for The Real Cougar Woman

by Dr. Jennifer Landa BodyLogicMD

 

I’m too young for menopause right? It’s funny. Women are always talking about how they can’t wait to be done with their periods forever!  But, when it finally does come,  they find that they’re not quite ready for menopause – especially if it comes earlier than expected.

Recently, a study was done involving 5,000 women in which 7% of those women went through “the change” before their 40th birthday. It was previously believed that only 1-2% of women went through menopause before their 40th birthday. So what happened? It used to be that we could expect to go through menopause around the same age our mother did – which would be well into our late 40s or 50s. But now, things have changed. 

I can tell you that the risk of autoimmune disease is much higher today than it ever used to be. Autoimmune diseases can seriously affect your body’s major systems. These diseases are usually caused from your bodily systems working overtime to respond to unwanted and unhealthy substances you consume.  The same thing applies with early menopause.  Consistently poisoning your body with things it doesn’t need will make your body work that much harder, which can then cause you to go through menopause earlier than you planned.

Some of the different things that you could be poisoning yourself with that contribute to earlier menopause include:

  • Environmental toxins: many women are consuming an increased level of environmental toxins like xenoestrogens, BPA and parabens – all of which are hormone disruptors that can increase your risk of estrogen dominance, aka hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.   There are many other toxins that we are exposed to – others may come in the form of pesticides so try to go organic and wash fruits and vegetables well before you eat them.
  • Diet: if you know you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, there’s a reason why you shouldn’t be eating those foods (and it’s not just to punish you). You may not even know you have a food sensitivity. A good way to find out if you do is to try an elimination diet. Once you know what foods affect you negatively, stay away from them as they can greatly increase your risk of autoimmune disease and lead to earlier menopause.
  • Stress: your own internal toxins are yet another obstacle your body has to process. And not only is it another toxin your body is dealing with, stress also wreaks havoc on our hormone levels, which (if permanent damage is done) can also increase the risk of early menopause.

Obviously, early menopause can also be caused by different surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy, chemotherapy or the removal of your ovaries.

Although it’s usually a rite of passage for women later in their lives, if you continue to poison yourself with environmental toxins, bad food and stress you might just go through “the change” earlier than you had planned, which has negative health consequences for you including increased risks of osteoporosis, premature heart disease, premature dementia and loss of sex drive and decreased overall quality of life. 

So clean up your lifestyle now.  Take steps to prevent early menopause starting today.

 

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

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Stress At Work Might Be Killing You

by Linda Franklin

Stress At Work May Be Killing You by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanMost of us spend at least 15% of our lifetime working in an office.  So, it makes sense that how you spend that time, will have a profound effect on your health. If you experience chronic levels of stress – and isn’t that what happens in most workplaces, the risk of contracting a long list of ailments is dramatically increased.  In fact, work-related stress is the most important single variable in determing the length of our lives.

It’s not that genes and risk factors don’t matter it’s that levels of stress matter more.

A new study conducted by Arie Shirom at Tel Aviv University, which examined the impact of the workplace on the health of 820 individuals for 20 years, showed that the factor most closely linked to health was the support of co-workers.  Less kind colleagues were associated with a higher risk of dying.

Something else was found to be deadly – a lack of control at the office, but only for men. Women faced a greater risk of mortaility when they were put in positions with more control.  This could be because high-powered women have “more life responsibilities than men”. And those who are working mothers have added pressures trying to maintain work-life balance.

You don’t need me to remind you that stress has no redeeming features.  It makes perfect sense to do whatever you can to chill out.  Life is just too precious and too short not to be kind to yourself.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Menopause Before Forty

by Dr. Jennifer Landa BodyLogicMD

Menopause Before Forty by Dr. Jennifer Landa for The Real Cougar Woman

I’m too young for menopause right? It’s funny. Women are always talking about how they can’t wait to be done with their periods forever!  But, when it finally does come, many women find that they’re not quite ready for menopause – especially if it comes earlier than expected.

Recently, a study was done involving 5,000 women in which 7% of those women went through “the change” before their 40th birthday. It was previously believed that only 1-2% of women went through menopause before their 40th birthday. So what happened? It used to be that we could expect to go through menopause around the same age our mother did – which would be well into our late 40s or 50s. But now, things have changed.

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The Real Cougar Woman Shares Her Secret For Happiness

LindaFranklin01a The Real Cougar Woman is celebrating the start of summer by taking time out for some personal reflection.  It is time to take inventory, in fact, it's long overdue. For the past couple of days I have been looking at the choices I have made and evaluating what's working and what not. 

To reflect effectively you have to get quiet.  It's impossible to do it when you are smack in the middle of your day-to-day craziness.  You know what I mean.  As women, we just keep trucking along regardless of how we feel.  There is a huge price to pay for not taking time out to re-evaluate. When we are at dis-ease we create disease which can manifest in many different forms.

It's easy to figure out what's working and what's not.  But, too often I forget just how easy it is

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Sex Has Two Components

Landa It’s 10 p.m. and you’ve had a very eventful work day. You’ve finally had a chance to shower off that hectic mess of a day and pour yourself a small glass of red wine to sip on while watching the early evening news. All of sudden, he walks in with his suggestive grin and you begin to cringe at the thought ofFrustrated_Woman_LR  having to perform ANYTHING…especially sex!

His grin used to be all you ever needed to get in the mood.  But now, something’s different. The two of you have been so busy that you haven’t even seen or talked to each other all day, you’re feeling so tired that you can barely hold your wine glass up and (quite frankly) sex is the last thing on your mind for tonight…or any other night this month for that matter.

It seems that after years of having passionate sex, many women lose that “sexy feeling” once they get into their 40s. Is this just something we have to accept as a usual change in our bodies and lives? Will we ever have that same desire for sex we once had in our 20s and 30s?

Here’s the deal. In our younger years, sex drive has a lot to do with biology and our physical “urge to merge.” Our bodies have a need to procreate and make babies! As we enter our 40s, our hormone levels start to fluctuate because our bodies no longer feel that need. However, just because our reproductive years are ending doesn’t mean our sex life has to end also!

If you’re finding it harder and harder to get into the mood, that’s okay – it’s a natural stage in a woman’s life. That just means it’s probably time to reboot your libido because sex is definitely a very important part of a happy and healthy lifestyle.

I’ve recently written a book to help women everywhere reignite their sex lives and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. I talk about a passion for passion in my book titled Libido Reboot, (due out later this year) and I explain the many things women can do to help them suffering from a low sex drive.

However, I didn’t always have a passion for passion. I was only 28 years-old when I started losing my sex drive…only 28! Between working a very stressful 100 hours per week as an OB/GYN resident and being on the birth control pill (which drastically changed my hormones) I could have cared less about sex. Since then, I’ve obviously found some methods that got my libido going again.

Rejuvenating your libido is a multidimensional process. Be prepared to invest time, attention, and energy into this journey. Be prepared for a change in diet, a shift in physical activity patterns, and a new awareness of where your time and energy are best spent.

The most important thing to remember is that there’s no one definition of a healthy libido – it’s different for every woman.                                        

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says,” there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system and a dream.  All things are possible”.  Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Stress And Sex Don’t Mix – Wondering What Happened To Your Spark?

Landa While at the gym a few weeks ago, I was catching up with one of my fellow gym-cougars on the treadmill. She was telling me how she had just received a promotion, how her son made his high school basketball team and how her daughter was excited about getting into her first choice university…Duke! Life was really great.

Over the next few weeks, I noticed that her “life is great” smile was Sex stop continually fading. She then confided in me that she and her husband were really great friends…but that was about it. They hadn’t been doing anything but sleeping in their bedroom for over 4 months now.

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Over Stressing – Under Eating = Wider Waistlines

By Dr. Jennifer Landa Body LogicMD

 Think you have found the secret to losing weight? I know some women who say that stress is the answer. One of my girlfriends actually told me, “Well, between my career and my kids, I’m so stressed that I only have time to eat one meal a day…isn’t it great? My own haphazard diet!”

There’s just one problem with this haphazard weight loss program – it doesn’t work! Measuring waist

Trust me, I know how easy it is for women to get so busy and stressed that they think they only have time for one meal a day. Here’s the bottom line though. Eating just one meal a day (while it would make sense to lose weight that way) can actually make you gain weight!

The long version: When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands respond by producing more cortisol (that stress hormone we discussed in part II of the stress series), which then sends a message throughout your body to increase your blood sugar – which has to be stored somewhere in your body.

The short version: Over stressing + under eating = a wider waistline.

I know it’s hard to believe, but if you think this great diet plan is the way to go since you’re too stressed to really concentrate on a healthy way of eating anyway, don’t be surprised when you pack on a couple extra pounds and can’t get your skinny jeans to button over that belly and you see the dreaded muffin top.

Some Helpful Hints

I make sure to have healthy snacks and meals stashed everywhere – my desk, my purse, the fridge, the pantry…everywhere!

Here are a couple things I do to make sure eating is easy for me to do throughout the day:

·      Stash some almonds or walnuts in the top drawer of your desk for a fast snack

·      Keep some easy-to-eat fruit like apples or bananas in your office fridge

 Prepare your meals for work ahead of time so all you have to do is grab-n-go on your way out

 

Another great tip – take a daily multivitamin. It’s quick and easy to incorporate into your morning routine and it will get you off in the right direction.

Next up in our stress series is how stress can affect your sex life – a little less stress can go a long way in the bedroom.

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The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.