It’s Time for Some Heart-to-Hearts

Tuesday, January, 31, 2017 < Back to Blog Posts

This is the month when we think about hearts. They’re everywhere! It’s a good month to think about taking care of yourself as you journey through menopause and having a heart-to-heart conversation with different people in your life. Here are five heart-to-heart conversations you should plan on having this month.
A heart-to-heart with your doctor:
Is your doctor up-to-date on what you are going through with menopause?  Have you told your doctor all your thoughts and concerns? Find out how your doctor would advise you to go through menopause, and ask for advice for your particular needs. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about Remifemin® menopause relief as your choice to relieve hot flashes and night sweats.* Encourage your physician to explore remifemin.com. Point your doc to the clinical studies section and the area called “The Doctor Is In” featuring board certified, OB/GYN and Yale Clinical Professor and accomplished writer, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin who has been recommending Remifemin for years. If you find you can’t discuss your thoughts and questions freely with your doctor, or if you don’t agree with their direction for care, don’t be afraid to say so, and if necessary, seek consultation with another doctor.
A heart-to-heart with your significant other:
Whoever you are sharing your life with, they need to understand what you are going through when it comes to menopause. Waiting to talk about it in the heat of the moment (pardon the pun!) or when you are at your wit’s end is not a good idea. Be proactive and arrange the time to talk and lay out your thoughts, feelings, and also what you know about menopause from your research. Be clear about your needs at this time, and how your partner or spouse can support you.
A heart-to-heart with your friends:
Misery loves company! Seriously, it’s great to vent with someone who walks a mile in your shoes. If you have friends going through menopause too, you can be a great support system for each other. The same thing happens on our Remifemin Facebook page—knowing that you are not alone and that others really get your day-to-day life can do wonders for your outlook. You can find great tips from friends who are further along in menopause, and you may be able to encourage someone just starting. Plan on being a frequent visitor to our Facebook page for ideas, laughs, and encouragement every week. (We have a thoughtful, authentic time—so please join us!)
A heart-to-heart with your family, especially your daughter:
If you have an adult daughter, talk to her calmly about your menopause. Chances are she will start menopause around the same age you did, so that’s a good thing for her to know.
Why not keep a journal for her of things you are learning that she can turn to when she gets to menopause herself. You might not like to think about your child being in menopause at some point, but be realistic. By that time you will probably not remember some of the details, or be available to offer your story, which could all be very helpful when her menopausal journey begins.
For your family in general—you are in menopause, and they need to understand that. Perhaps you can’t do as much as you used to, or you need more rest more, or you need to say no sometimes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to change things up because you need to.
A heart-to-heart with yourself:
How are you doing? Are you taking time for yourself? I would encourage you, if you aren’t already, to take Remifemin as directed. Give it at least 12 weeks to know how it will work for you, and then know that you can stay on it as long as you need to. Menopause can last ten plus years, so you need to have a safe, reliable answer for menopause to deal with hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and occasional sleeplessness.*
In this time of the heart, have those heart-to-heart talks with the people in your life, and be very good to yourself this month, and always!
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Michele is a real person who is experiencing menopause just like you. If you have a menopause-related question, a story to share, or you just need to vent, go to our Remifemin Facebook page.
 
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