You’ve Been Married HOW Long? How Did You Manage That?

Your son is about to get married. He’s anxious. He comes to you and nervously asks — you can see the fear in his eyes — “How in the world did you sustain a marriage for nearly four decades?” He’s actually wringing his hands. Well, how did you? The divorce rates are over-the-top and have been for years. How did … Read More

Do Mommy And Daddy Seem A Little Weird?

Ever since the phrase “empty nest” was first coined in the 1970s to describe the long-married couple facing an empty household after their children have flown the coop, the term has become a full-blown syndrome. Until recently, empty nesters were assumed to be depressed, lost souls wandering in the wilderness searching for a new purpose in life. Now, however, the … Read More

Osteoporosis: A Condition You Want To Avoid

As humans age, their bones become fragile and brittle, which sets the stage for painful fractures. Osteoporosis is a bone disease you do not want to acquire if you can avoid it. C.N.S.: My mom has this very badly. She has lost six or more inches in height. She is getting the hump on her back. She’s experienced fractures for … Read More

Questions About The Uterine Mesh Device

There are a few reasons why your doctor might suggest that you get the surgery to have a uterine mesh device, also known as trans-vaginal mesh. Any type of surgery can be a scary one, but knowing what the risks are associated with the surgery you are planning to have performed is very important. Before deciding if getting a uterine … Read More

Letting Go Of The Reigns

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss Great advice from someone who really knew how to make people smile. As I help my firstborn child prepare for her freshman year of college, I’m trying to take this advice to heart. But, I must admit, there are times when this is much easier said than done. … Read More

Approving The Little Pink Pill

If you’ve been listening to the news lately, you might have heard about the little pink pill called flibanserin, a drug that’s being called Viagra for women. The buzz surrounding flibanserin has intensified, as the FDA advisory panel approved the drug on June 4. The FDA often listens to the recommendations of its advisory panel; however, the FDA has already … Read More

The OOPS! Baby

It is not unusual to see a family of four suddenly and unexpectedly expand to a family of five, with a huge gap in between the second and third baby. Often this is the result of a perimenopause oops! The woman is no longer having regular menstrual periods and thinks she is beyond her childbearing years (Surprise! Surprise! She wasn’t) … Read More

Letting Go, Not Giving Up: A New You

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. – Michael J. Fox, 54 At 54, Michael J. Fox is hardly old, but this statement suggests wisdom beyond his years. And, while menopause and natural aging is not nearly as difficult as learning to accept a condition like Parkinson’s Disease, it is a … Read More

The Change: Is It For Better Or Worse?

Seemingly, no two women’s menopause experiences are alike. Nearly everyone has a different combination of timing, symptoms, and perhaps most importantly, response to this life-altering transition. We’ve come a long way, baby, in our attitudes toward menopause. Granted, women don’t discuss their menopausal stories as freely as we share our menstrual cramp and childbirth horror stories, but certainly since the … Read More

The Way You Smell: Does Your Smell Change As You Age?

I’ve heard people refer to that “Old lady smell.” It’s not necessarily an insult but it’s hardly a compliment. Antiperspirants, perfumes, scented shampoos and conditioners, toothpaste and mouthwash are big business because most people do not want to be associated with stench and are hyper vigilant about their cleanliness and how they smell. However, the older we get, the less … Read More