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UTIs and Menopause: Taking Charge of Your Urinary Health

Discover the link between menopause and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women. Learn about effective treatment options and comprehensive prevention methods to manage UTIs during menopause.

In this article:

  • The link between menopause and recurrent UTIs
  • Effective treatment for menopause-related UTIs
  • Comprehensive prevention methods for UTIs during menopause

The constant urge to pee. Burning pain when you expect relief. The dreaded signs of a urinary tract infection. If you’re a woman, you’ve probably experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI), but did you know that many women experience an increase in UTIs as they transition into peri- and post-menopause?

UTIs are extremely common, and they affect both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. However, the likelihood of developing UTIs increases with age, and menopausal women face unique challenges when it comes to fighting off these infections. While 10% of postmenopausal women experience at least one UTI in a single year, recurrent UTIs can affect up to 55% of women after menopause. A recurrent infection is when a person has at least two infections within six months or three or more in a year.

Understanding how UTIs and menopause are linked can empower you to take proactive steps to prevent and manage these uncomfortable infections.

What is a UTI?

Let’s start with the basics. A UTI is a common and often painful condition that occurs when harmful bacteria, most commonly E. coli, enters the urinary tract.

The urinary tract is made up of the bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys, and its main function is to eliminate waste and excess fluids from the body. When bacteria, usually from the genital or anal areas, find their way into the urethra, they can multiply and cause an infection.

Why does menopause increase your risk of developing a UTI?

In premenopausal women, UTIs often occur as acute infections, with E.coli bacteria as the cause. Chronic or recurrent UTIs, however, occur more often in postmenopausal women. In fact, recurrent UTIs increase from 26% in premenopausal women to a staggering 55% after menopause. This drastic shift emphasizes the importance of understanding how menopause impacts urinary health.

During perimenopause, estrogen levels fluctuate and decrease. The decline of estrogen impacts the ecosystem of microorganisms living in the urinary tract called the genitourinary microbiome. It also affects the health of the skin inside the bladder wall and the vaginal environment, making you more susceptible to bacterial infections.

The impact of menopause on the urogenital microbiome

Before menopause, the vagina is heavily colonized by "good" bacteria known as Lactobacillus. This helpful bacteria creates an acidic environment that fends off harmful bacteria, including those responsible for UTIs. However, as estrogen levels decline, the cells lining the vagina produce less glycogen—a sugar compound that nourishes Lactobacillus. Consequently, the protective flora in the vaginal environment diminishes, making it easier for infection-causing bacteria to establish a foothold.

Similarly to the vagina, declining estrogen levels during perimenopause can lead to modifications in the lining of the bladder, which can change the urogenital microbiome. This alteration in the microbiome weakens the bladder’s natural defenses against UTIs.

Vaginal, urethral, and bladder changes caused by menopause

As estrogen levels decline during peri- and post-menopause, changes occur in the vaginal walls, known as vaginal atrophy. This condition causes the vaginal walls to become thin, dry, and inflamed, making it easier for bacteria to enter and multiply. The urethra also changes, becoming thinner and shorter, increasing the ease with which bacteria can reach the urinary tract, raising the risk of UTIs.

Your bladder's response is notable too. It becomes less elastic, making it challenging to empty properly. Leftover urine in your bladder is a breeding ground for bacterial growth, leading to more frequent urinary tract infections.

Estrogen is essential for your bladder's health, helping maintain its inner lining. But during menopause, estrogen levels drop, and the bladder's inner lining becomes thin and weakened. With fewer protective cells and less shedding as a result of this atrophy, bacteria can build up inside the bladder, making it more prone to infection.

Another factor contributing to increased UTI risk during menopause is the atrophy of pelvic floor muscles. As estrogen levels decline, these muscles weaken, potentially leading to bladder prolapse—a condition known as cystocele. In cystocele, the bladder drops down, causing urine retention and an environment for bacteria to thrive.

Other risk factors for UTIs during menopause

While menopause itself is a significant risk factor for UTIs, several other factors can further increase your susceptibility to these infections. These include a history of UTIs, diabetes, urinary incontinence, and sexual intercourse, especially for postmenopausal women.

Our caring physicians at FemGevity can help you understand your menopause-related UTI symptoms and provide you with treatment options to help get you back to feeling like yourself again.

How can I get the right treatment for menopause-related UTIs?

While antibiotics are commonly relied upon to manage UTIs, taking a more comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment can offer effective relief from UTIs during menopause. Getting the best treatment involves thorough testing to pinpoint the underlying cause of the infection, using antibiotics tailored to the specific type of infection, and implementing preventive strategies to prevent recurring infections.

Comprehensive UTI testing

When dealing with urinary tract infections during menopause, accurate diagnosis is essential for effective treatment and prevention. Here are some key tests to consider:

1. PCR UTI Testing: If you’re dealing with recurrent UTIs, it may be beneficial to undergo a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. This advanced diagnostic tool can accurately detect the presence of UTI-causing microbes, even at low concentrations. Understanding the root cause of your infection will enable your healthcare provider to prescribe the most appropriate antibiotics from the outset, minimizing the risk of unnecessary rounds of treatment.

2. Vaginal Microbiome Analysis: The vaginal microbiome is crucial in maintaining a healthy urinary tract. Analyzing the vaginal microbiome can provide valuable insights into the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria. By understanding the unique composition of your vaginal microbiome,  you can work with your physician or wellness practitioner to develop tailored preventive strategies.

3. Overall Health Assessment: Recurrent UTIs can be linked to underlying health conditions such as endocrine disorders like diabetes. Therefore, it’s essential to undergo a full health assessment to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may contribute to UTI recurrence.

Taking a comprehensive approach to UTI diagnosis ensures that treatment and preventive measures are precisely targeted, minimizing the likelihood of recurrent infections and optimizing your long-term health.

Antibiotics for UTIs during menopause

When a UTI occurs, the primary course of action is typically a course of antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider. Antibiotics eliminate the harmful bacteria causing the infection, relieve the symptoms, and promote healing. For women with recurrent UTIs, doctors may recommend "prophylactic" antibiotics, meaning taking a dose of antibiotics every time sexual intercourse triggers UTIs.

However, prolonged use of antibiotics, especially for prophylaxis, has potential downsides. Overreliance on antibiotics contributes to the growing concern of antibiotic resistance in bacterial infections. Postmenopausal women may also have higher resistance rates to certain antibiotics.

What can I do to prevent UTIs during menopause?

While antibiotics are important for treating UTIs, there may be better long-term solutions, especially if you experience frequent infections. The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to prevent UTIs during menopause and reduce your reliance on antibiotics.

Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT)

Menopause hormone therapy is a highly effective treatment for managing genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM), which includes conditions that may predispose women to UTIs. FemGevity offers FDA-approved, plant-based bioidentical estradiol as part of MHT to supplement declining estrogen levels naturally.

Estradiol Vaginal Cream

Vaginal estrogen therapy is an option many menopausal women explore to combat the spread of bacteria and soothe hormonal-induced skin irritations. Studies show that vaginal estrogen is particularly effective in reducing recurrent UTIs compared to oral estrogen. This therapy involves using a topical cream, tablet, insert, or insertable ring that slowly administers a low dose of estrogen directly to the vagina.

FDA-Approved Vaginal Medications

Alongside vaginal estrogen therapy, FDA-approved vaginal medications containing DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and ospemifene (a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) work similarly to estrogen, enhancing the condition of vaginal tissue to prevent UTIs linked to vulvovaginal atrophy.


Probiotics are live microbe supplements that can help you restore and maintain a healthy vaginal microbiome. When choosing a probiotic, look for specific microbial strains, live organisms, adequate CFU count, and the option for vaginal insertion, tailoring it to your UTI prevention plan.

Smart lifestyle modifications

Incorporating lifestyle and hygiene changes into your daily routine can also significantly reduce the risk of UTIs during menopause. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Urinate before and after sex
  • Try not to strain when you pee. Stay relaxed and empty your bladder completely so no urine is left over.
  • Use silicone-based lubricants
  • Wipe from front to back
  • Stay hydrated
  • Explore dietary supplements, including D-mannose, cranberry extract, and vitamin D3

Living UTI-free during menopause

Empowering yourself to take control of your urinary health can help you embrace this transformative phase of your life with fewer disruptive symptoms. Remember, discussing tailored prevention strategies with your healthcare provider is crucial for optimizing UTI prevention and your overall health during menopause. At FemGevity, we can help you get the right treatment to help prevent UTIs from holding you back during menopause and beyond.


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Top 10 Most Common Menopause Symptoms

Discover the common symptoms of menopause and gain insights into navigating this transformative phase of life. Learn about the physical and emotional changes that occur during menopause and explore effective treatments and support options to help you feel your best. Book an appointment with FemGevity today for personalized care and guidance

In the grand tapestry of a woman's life, menopause is a chapter of transformation—one that is natural, normal, and not without its unique benefits. This wisdom that comes with age and the freedom from monthly periods can feel liberating. Alongside this newfound freedom comes a perspective gained through countless experiences. However, for most women, the journey through perimenopause and menopause is not without its trials, as it brings forth a symphony of symptoms stemming from hormonal fluctuations. These symptoms, which can range from mildly bothersome to truly debilitating, primarily result from changes in hormone levels throughout the 40's and into the 50's. For some women, the changes can be brief, but for others, it can last several years.

Estrogen and its partner in the hormonal dance, progesterone, play roles far beyond the reproductive system. These hormones, particularly estrogen, interact with nearly every system and organ in your body. It's no surprise, then, that the turmoil in your hormonal orchestra can reverberate through your entire being, impacting everything from your sleep patterns to your mood to your cognitive function.

In this article, we are reviewing the 10 most common symptoms of menopause, shedding light on each and offering insights into navigating this transformative period of life. Most women have experienced some form of gaslighting during health visits, and here, we aim to empower and educate women during this transformative time.  

Irregular Bleeding

While irregular bleeding can be a sign of a plethora of other health concerns, it is a ubiquitous sign of the later stages of perimenopause.   Irregular periods and irregular bleeding intervals are often a sign that menopause (12 months without a period) is just around the corner.   It is common for there to be changes in the menstrual intervals. At first, periods can appear closer together; then, they can become spaced further apart until they disappear altogether. These changes can persist for one to three years until eventually ceasing altogether.

Ovulation becomes increasingly erratic, leading to changes in period patterns. Your periods may become less frequent, lighter, heavier, longer, or shorter than usual. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms can also shift in tandem with these changes. The time intervals between periods may vary widely. In late perimenopause, some women experience periods that occur much less frequently, with intervals of 60 days or more.

What works:

  • Keep a detailed record of your periods, noting start dates, duration, flow, and any spotting. This data will assist your healthcare provider in determining appropriate treatment.
  • Obtain laboratory data to identify the root cause of the concern.
  • Consider a pelvic ultrasound if your healthcare professional feels it is warranted. 
  • Herbal remedies and supplements
  • Exercise and dietary changes can help with symptoms of changing hormones
  • Consider low-dose hormone supplementation, which can help regulate your period flow.

Hot Flashes

One of the most notorious companions on the menopause journey is the hot flash—an unmistakable sudden sensation of intense heat. Hot flashes may accompany a flushed face, sweating, and a rapid heart rate and conclude with a cold chill.

Approximately 75% of women experience hot flashes, which can persist for around seven years. The frequency and severity of these episodes can vary widely among women, influenced by factors such as race, weight, and smoking habits (yes, smoking worsens them).

What works:

  • Make lifestyle changes to stay calm and avoid triggers in your environment and diet.
  • Consider devices like the Wave 2 Embr Labs cooling device
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.
  • Explore wellness therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and acupuncture.
  • Consider supplements such as black cohosh or hormone replacement therapy.

Sleep Disturbances and Insomnia

Sleep difficulties plague 61% of menopausal women. For those experiencing hot flashes, nearly 44% suffer from chronic insomnia, where anxiety and night sweats play a significant role.

Sleep deprivation isn't just about feeling groggy the next day; it's associated with a range of health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and mental health disorders. The good news is that effective solutions exist.

What works:

  • Establish a regular exercise routine and stay active throughout the day.
  • Avoid caffeine consumption in the late afternoon and evening.
  • Blue light blocker glasses
  • Heat in the form of a sauna or hot tub before bed.
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Hormone balancing

Weight Gain

Waning estrogen, rising follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), age-related changes, and other menopausal symptoms such as disrupted sleep all contribute to a slowing metabolism. As a result, women typically gain about 1.5 pounds per year during their postmenopausal years. Hormonal shifts also affect fat distribution, concentrating weight gain in the upper body, particularly the abdomen.

What works:

  • Shifting off a Zone 3 workout and into a Zone 2 focused regimine.
  • Adding on the weights. More weight lifting as part of your exercise routine
  • Adding in protein. Consuming at least 50g of protein a day (for most women)
  • Avoiding snacking. Snacking leads to elevated insulin levels
  • Prioritize physical activity with at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly, complemented by muscle-building activities on at least two days a week.
  • Adopt a diet focused on whole foods, with limited carbohydrates and reduced sugar intake.

Night Sweats

Imagine hot flashes waking you from a peaceful slumber, leaving you drenched in sweat and yearning for relief. These nighttime hot flashes, aptly called night sweats, affect 75% of menopausal women and can last for five to seven years or even longer.

Beyond the annoyance, persistent sleep disruption takes a toll on your overall quality of life and elevates your risk for various health conditions.

What works:

  • Hormone lab evaluation and hormone balancing
  • Sleep tracking apps
  • Opt for breathable bedding and pajamas to keep cool during the night.
  • Incorporate deep breathing and relaxation techniques into your daily routine.
  • Consider wellness therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, or acupuncture

Anxiety, Depression and Mood Changes

Life's challenges often bring about emotional fluctuations, and up to 70% of women experience these mood swings during the menopause transition. These fluctuations can range from heightened reactions to everyday events, from fatigue to tears to full-blown rage. Another 25% of women may notice increased mood swings, varying from mild to severe.

These emotional ups and downs are closely tied to estrogen, which influences the production of serotonin—the "happy hormone" responsible for mood stabilization and feelings of well-being. When estrogen levels fluctuate and decline, serotonin follows suit, sending your emotions on a rollercoaster ride. Additionally, the lack of sleep and fatigue resulting from other menopausal symptoms can exacerbate emotional volatility.

What works:

  • Incorporate stress management techniques into your daily life and find healthy outlets for your emotions, such as meditation and therapy.
  • Make time for hobbies, spend time with friends, and prioritize basic self-care in your daily routine.
  • Embrace healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management techniques.
  • Consider wellness therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, or acupuncture.
  • Hormone balancing
  • Therapy (talk, art movement)

Vaginal Dryness

Estrogen plays a pivotal role in maintaining the skin's moisture and elasticity, especially in the vaginal area. As estrogen levels decline, vaginal lubrication diminishes, potentially leading to dryness, thinning of vaginal walls, and reduced elasticity. Vaginal atrophy may also affect the urinary system, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and stress incontinence. It's no surprise that half of menopausal women experience pain during intercourse.

What works:

  • Utilize oil-based lubricants to alleviate dryness. Or lubricants with estrogen or hyaluronic acid
  • Consider plant-based lubricants like coconut oil suppositories.
  • Explore prescription estrogen treatments applied directly to the vagina, available in the form of creams, pills, or vaginal rings.

Decreased Libido

Estrogen and sex drive are closely linked, so it's not surprising that as estrogen dwindles during perimenopause and menopause, libido may wane as well. Additionally, mood changes, sleep disturbances, and painful sex discussed earlier can all contribute to a diminished desire for sexual activity. The decline is more pronounced for women who have their ovaries removed before menopause, but overall, around 77% of postmenopausal women report a low sex drive.

What works:

  • Seek sex therapy and counseling to address intimacy concerns.
  • Sex apps or toys
  • Partner play and therapy (art, dance, movement)
  • Explore hormone balancing with estrogen and testosterone.
  • Consider hormone replacement therapy to revitalize your sex drive.

Bone Loss

Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining bone strength and density by promoting the activity of osteoblasts—the cells responsible for new bone formation. As estrogen decreases during the menopause transition, coupled with the natural wear and tear of aging, osteoporosis may develop, leading to weakened bones. On average, women lose up to 10% of their bone mass in the first five years after menopause. Consequently, one in ten postmenopausal women worldwide is affected by osteoporosis. While the loss of bone mass and strength often occurs without symptoms, it can lead to muscle pain, increased fracture risk, and reduced mobility and function.

What works:

  • Consume a diet rich in calcium to support bone health.
  • Incorporate weight-bearing exercises into your routine.
  • Ensure adequate vitamin D intake to aid calcium absorption.
  • Explore hormone replacement therapy as a potential protective measure.

Skin Changes

Do you recall the days of acne and other skin issues during your teenage years? Well, some of these skin challenges may make a comeback as your hormones embark on a rollercoaster ride. As estrogen levels plummet, your skin loses collagen and elastin, the building blocks that provide structure and resilience. Estrogen also influences sebum production and oil gland maintenance, which keeps the skin lubricated. As estrogen declines, it fails to balance out other hormones called androgens, potentially leading to acne in some women.

What works:

  • Make sunscreen a daily essential to protect your skin from UV damage.
  • Prioritize moisturization to combat dryness.
  • Select skincare products containing peptides or retinol, known to stimulate collagen production.
  • Use a cleanser with salicylic acid if breakouts persist.
  • Maintain a diet rich in plant-based foods high in antioxidants, which can help clear skin and reduce inflammation.
  • Schedule regular visits to your dermatologist to address any skin concerns.
  • Explore hormone replacement therapy as a potential solution.

These are the most common symptoms of the menopause transition, but there are many more, including breast soreness, headaches, and hair loss. It's crucial to familiarize yourself with these experiences so you can discuss them with your healthcare provider or a knowledgeable clinician at Midi. Together, you can work towards feeling better, regardless of the symptoms you may encounter.

Your health is an ongoing journey, and each chapter brings its own challenges and triumphs. Navigating the menopause journey may have its hurdles, but with the right knowledge, support, and treatments, you can embrace this phase of life with grace and resilience. You've earned the right to feel your best, and there's a path to help you get there.

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Unlocking the Power of Sleep: The Key to Long-Term Health and Cognitive Abilities

Discover the significance of a proper night's rest for maintaining long-term health and cognitive abilities. Explore the link between sleep deficiency and severe health issues, as well as its impact on academic performance. Learn practical strategies to enhance your sleep experience and prioritize the rejuvenating power of sleep for a brighter, more energized future

Unveiling the Power of Sleep: Enhancing Health and Cognitive Performance

The importance of a proper night's rest cannot be overstated. It's not just about feeling refreshed; it's about maintaining your long-term health and cognitive abilities. Recent research has established a clear link between insufficient sleep and a range of severe health issues, including heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and depression. Additionally, sleep deficiency has a significant impact on our ability to learn effectively.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) highlights how college students who lack enough sleep tend to earn lower grades and perform less effectively. This finding is supported by experts who argue that sleep deprivation can also impair concentration and focus at work.

Sleep serves as a crucial time for our bodies to recuperate and recharge. Our heart rate slows during the night, our muscles relax, and various healing processes occur. However, the brain's learning and memory center becomes particularly active during this time.

The recommended sleep duration varies for optimal cognitive function and academic performance: seven to nine hours per night for adults and eight to ten hours for teenagers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting enough sleep is associated with improved test scores, problem-solving abilities, quality of learning, behavioral performance, creativity, and information retention.

Sleep challenges can affect both men and women, but women may face additional hurdles due to hormonal fluctuations related to menstruation and menopause, which can disrupt sleep patterns. Moreover, in today's world, 2023, women still need to juggle multiple home and work responsibilities, such as childcare, which can make it challenging to get sufficient rest.

After the age of 40, many individuals, particularly women, experience a decline in progesterone levels due to hormonal changes. This decline in progesterone can have a significant impact on sleep patterns. Progesterone plays a crucial role in promoting a sense of calm and relaxation by facilitating the action of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain. GABA is known for its sleep-promoting and anxiety-reducing properties. When progesterone levels drop, it can inhibit GABA function, making it more challenging to achieve restful sleep without the necessary support and supplementation. This hormonal shift can lead to increased restlessness, sleep disturbances, and insomnia, highlighting the importance of addressing hormonal changes and considering appropriate interventions to support healthy sleep as we age.

Sufficient sleep is also essential for the brain's ability to optimize memory consolidation during different sleep stages, as per research published in PNAS. Additionally, sleep helps the brain forget unimportant details, decluttering our minds and improving overall memory function.
Furthermore, adequate sleep keeps adenosine, a chemical that induces sleepiness, in check. Adenosine builds up in the brain the longer we're awake, leading to decreased clarity and reduced understanding. Sleep clears this adenosine buildup, enhancing focus, attention, and cognitive performance.

For those looking to improve their sleep quality, there are several valuable tips to consider. Incorporating magnesium L-threonate into your routine can help support healthy sleep patterns. Additionally, establishing a healthy circadian rhythm can be achieved by spending 2 to 10 minutes outside in the morning sunlight and observing the sunset, which aids in regulating cortisol release and aligning your body's internal clock for optimal sleep. To mitigate the disruptive effects of artificial light, wearing amber or blue light-blocking glasses when using screens after sunset can be helpful. Moreover, consider transitioning from melatonin supplements to alternatives like L-theanine, chamomile, GABA, or phosphatidylserine, as melatonin may not constantly improve sleep and can potentially worsen it with extended use. Lastly, adopting practices such as taking a warm bath or using a sauna before bedtime and maintaining a cool room temperature is essential for ensuring a peaceful night's sleep, as temperature fluctuations are crucial in promoting restorative slumber.

Sleep is not merely a daily necessity but a cornerstone of our overall well-being and cognitive prowess, from its pivotal role in memory consolidation to its profound impact on academic performance. Hormonal changes, especially the decline in progesterone after 40, can pose challenges to achieving restful sleep and underscore the importance of seeking appropriate support and supplementation. Fortunately, there are practical strategies to enhance our sleep experience. By embracing these approaches and recognizing the profound relationship between sleep and physical and mental well-being, we can pave the way for healthier, more fulfilling lives. So, let us prioritize the rejuvenating power of sleep and awaken to a brighter, more energized future.

Navigating Sexual Health During Menopause: A Comprehensive Guide

Explore menopause's impact on sexual health and strategies for maintaining satisfaction. Learn about challenges like vaginal dryness and decreased libido. Discover solutions like open communication, lubrication, hormone therapy, and more. Embrace comprehensive sexual well-being with FemGevity. Start your journey today.

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life, typically between 45 and 55. While it signifies the end of a woman's reproductive years, it also brings about significant hormonal changes that can impact her health, including sexual well-being. Here, we explore the many challenges women face and provide strategies to maintain a fulfilling and satisfying sex life.

Understanding Menopause

Before we discuss sexual health during menopause, it's crucial to understand what menopause is. Menopause is the point in a woman's life when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, marking the end of her reproductive years. A decrease in estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, and progesterone production, the vital female sex hormones, primarily drives this transition.

In perimenopause, the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels decrease and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels increase causing ovulation to become irregular and eventually stop. With the decline in ovulation, some women may experience a decrease in their desire for sexual intimacy. Surprisingly, even though ovulation becomes less frequent and may eventually stop altogether, other crucial sexual components remain intact. Even though ovulation is no longer occurring, which can often be a sexual stimulant for many woman, blood flow to sensitive regions like the clitoral region and vaginal walls can still remains at premenopausal levels during this phase. This heightened blood flow can contribute to heightened arousal, even in the absence of ovulation stimulation. It's a testament to the intricate nature of female sexuality, where multiple factors interplay to influence desire and pleasure, transcending the boundaries of reproductive function.

Hormonal changes during menopause can significantly impact sexual health. The decrease in estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness, thinning of the vaginal walls, and reduced natural lubrication, making intercourse uncomfortable or painful. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations can contribute to a decrease in sexual desire, changes in sexual function, and emotional factors like mood swings and anxiety, all of which can affect a woman's overall sexual well-being.

The Impact on Sexual Health

  1. Vaginal Dryness and Atrophy: One of the most common sexual health issues women experience during menopause is vaginal dryness and atrophy. The decrease in estrogen levels can lead to thinning of the vaginal walls and reduced natural lubrication, making intercourse uncomfortable or even painful.
  2. Decreased Libido: Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can contribute to a decline in sexual desire for some women. This decrease in libido may result from physical discomfort, psychological factors, or relationship issues.
  3. Changes in Sexual Function: Menopause can bring about changes in sexual function, such as difficulty achieving arousal or achieving orgasm. These changes can lead to frustration and anxiety in some women.
  4. Emotional Factors: The emotional and psychological aspects of menopause, including mood swings and anxiety, can also affect sexual health. Stress and negative body image may further complicate these issues.

Strategies for Maintaining Sexual Health

  1. Open Communication: The foundation of addressing sexual health issues during menopause is open and honest communication with your partner. Discuss your concerns, desires, and any changes you've noticed in your sex life. Mutual understanding and support are crucial. Books like Attached or podcasts like Couples Synergy can be great resources for new ideas on how to have conversations with your partner during menopause.
  2. Lubrication: To combat vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse, use a silicone-based lubricant like Uber-Lube or vaginal moisturizer such as hyaluronic acid like Lady Bits. These products can provide relief and enhance comfort during sexual activity.
  3. Hormone Therapy: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an option for some women to manage menopausal symptoms, including those affecting sexual health. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be effective in alleviating sexual pain and vaginal dryness during menopause by replenishing the declining levels of estrogen. HRT helps restore the natural lubrication of the vaginal walls, making sexual intercourse more comfortable. Additionally, it can improve the elasticity of vaginal tissues, reducing the risk of irritation and pain, ultimately enhancing a woman's overall sexual well-being during this life stage.
  4. Pelvic Floor Therapy: Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles through therapy and pelvic floor exercises can help improve sexual function and alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause, such as urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor therapy can significantly enhance sexual wellness for menopausal women by strengthening the pelvic muscles, improving blood flow, and promoting better control over vaginal function. This therapy often leads to increased sexual satisfaction and reduced discomfort during intercourse. Great resources for free pelvic floor information include FemFrist PT and RenewPT. Their youtube videos are a great free resource for menopause friendly pelvic floor exercises that can enhance sexual enjoyment and increase libido.
  5. Mind-Body Practices: Incorporating relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, which may positively impact your sexual health. Apps such as Mindspace of the Book Stress Less Achieve More or the App Insight Timer
  6. Professional Help: If menopausal symptoms significantly impact your sexual health or overall well-being, consider seeking assistance from a healthcare provider or a sex therapist. They can offer tailored solutions and strategies to address your concerns.
  7. Lifestyle Choices: Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, can help manage menopausal symptoms and promote sexual health. Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption is also advisable.
  8. Vibrators and women-friendly erotica can play a pivotal role in enhancing libido for women by promoting exploration and self-discovery of their bodies and desires. These tools can help women become more attuned to their desires, fostering a positive relationship with their sexuality. Additionally, incorporating such aids into intimate experiences can ignite excitement, creativity, and a greater sense of empowerment, ultimately contributing to a enhanced libido and a more positive sex life. Glamour put together a great article about women focused erotica and vice did a great review about various vibrator and intimacy aid options for women.

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life, and while it can bring about changes in sexual health, it doesn't have to signal the end of a fulfilling and satisfying sex life. By understanding the impact of menopause on sexual health and employing the strategies mentioned above, women can navigate this transition with confidence and continue to enjoy intimacy and connection with their partners. Remember that every woman's experience with menopause is unique, so it's crucial to consult with healthcare professionals to tailor a plan that suits your specific needs and preferences. Embracing open communication, self-care, and seeking professional help when necessary can empower women to thrive in their post-menopausal years.

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Skin care in Menopause

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Achieving and maintaining youthful, radiant skin is a common goal for many individuals. It's not just about vanity; it's a reflection of overall skin health and well-being. To embark on this journey, it's crucial to equip yourself with the right skincare products and tools that can address specific concerns and support your skin's natural vitality. Here, we delve into a selection of such products and tools, each offering unique benefits in your quest for timeless beauty.

Products for Youthful Looking Skin

Hyaluronic Acid for Hydration

Hyaluronic acid is a skincare superstar known for its exceptional ability to lock in moisture. This molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a powerful hydrator. When applied topically, it helps the skin retain moisture, keeping it plump, smooth, and youthful. By maintaining proper skin hydration, hyaluronic acid contributes to a healthy skin barrier, reducing the risk of dryness and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical Retinoids to Preserve Collagen

Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are renowned for their collagen-preserving properties. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin, keeping it firm and resilient. Over time, collagen production naturally decreases, leading to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles. Topical retinoids work by stimulating collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and improving skin texture. They also aid in preventing further collagen breakdown, making them a key element in anti-aging skincare routines.

Estrogens or Estrogen Creams for Skin Health

Estrogens play a vital role in maintaining skin health. They contribute to the skin's thickness, elasticity, and overall youthful appearance. As estrogen levels decline with age, skin changes become more apparent. Estrogen creams or hormonal therapies can help replenish and balance hormone levels, potentially mitigating the signs of aging. These treatments can improve skin tone, reduce dryness, and enhance the skin's overall vitality.

Sunscreen for Skin Protection

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable component of any skincare regimen aimed at maintaining youthful skin. UV radiation from the sun is a primary contributor to premature aging. It leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, causing the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Applying sunscreen daily helps shield the skin from harmful UV rays, preventing both short-term sunburn and long-term photoaging.

Facial Rollers for Lymphatic Drainage

Facial rollers, typically made of materials like jade or rose quartz, offer more than just a luxurious skincare ritual. They are designed to aid lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness, and improve circulation. By gently massaging the skin, these rollers stimulate lymphatic flow, which helps remove toxins and excess fluid, leaving the skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

LED Therapy Devices for Collagen Stimulation

LED therapy devices, available in various colors, have gained popularity for their ability to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. These non-invasive devices emit specific wavelengths of light that penetrate the skin, triggering a natural response to increase collagen and elastin production. Over time, this can result in firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

Microdermabrasion Devices for Skin Texture Enhancement

Microdermabrasion devices offer a controlled exfoliation process that removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing smoother, more radiant skin beneath. By promoting cell turnover and improving skin texture, these devices help reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.

Antioxidant-Rich Serums for Protection and Brightening

Antioxidant-rich serums, such as those containing vitamins C and E, are essential for protecting the skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. These serums not only shield the skin but also brighten the complexion, reduce signs of aging, and promote overall skin health.


Hormone balancing therapy can often restore skin to its youthful appearance.

Incorporating these products and tools into your skincare routine can significantly contribute to maintaining youthful skin. Remember that consistency and a tailored approach to your specific skincare needs are key to achieving the best results.

Services and Tools for Youthful Skin

In addition to skincare products, several professional services can help maintain youthful skin. Radiofrequency and focused ultrasound treatments stimulate collagen, while fibroblasting promotes collagen and elastin production, producing smoother, more youthful skin. Microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries to stimulate collagen production, RF therapy uses heat to tighten skin, and Ultherapy employs ultrasound to lift and firm loose skin. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy rejuvenates the skin using the patient's own blood plasma growth factors.

Lifestyle and Self-Care

Maintaining youthful skin is not only about the products and treatments you use but also about adopting a holistic approach to skincare. Lifestyle factors play a pivotal role in skin health. Prioritize hydration by drinking plenty of water to keep your skin plump and glowing. A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can significantly contribute to skin vitality. Regular exercise boosts circulation, which helps deliver nutrients to the skin and promotes a healthy complexion. Adequate sleep is essential for skin repair and regeneration, so aim for a good night's rest whenever possible. Also, managing stress through relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation can prevent the release of stress hormones that contribute to skin issues. Combining these self-care practices with effective skincare products and treatments can maximize your efforts to achieve and maintain youthful, radiant skin.

For women, especially around midlife, it is crucial to establish trust with a dermatologist and schedule annual visits. Communicate openly about aging concerns, as dermatologists may offer non-invasive treatments or hormonal creams. They can refer you to specialists with the latest knowledge of these products if they still need to. In the meantime, consistently use sunscreen, follow a quality skincare routine, consider hormone balance to support your natural radiance, and proactively seek a trusted provider to age gracefully.

Menopause and Cardiovascular Health: Understanding the Connection and Reducing Risk

Discover how menopause can affect cardiovascular health and learn about the steps women can take to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) during this natural biological process. Find out how maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and monitoring hormones can help women take control of their cardiovascular health during menopause.

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. It can bring about a host of physical and emotional symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. But did you know that menopause can also have and affect on cardiovascular health?

As women go through menopause, their risk of developing cardio vascular disease (CVD) increases. This is due to a combination of factors, including hormonal changes and an increase in traditional CVD risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

But the good news is that there are steps women can take to reduce their risk ofCVD during menopause. Here are a few tips:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Extra weight can increase your risk of CVD, so it's important to maintain a healthy weight during menopause. This can be done through a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet.
  2. Quit smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for CVD, so quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk.
  3. Get regular exercise: Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy heart. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week.
  4. Eat a healthy diet: A diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help lower your risk of CVD.
  5. Manage stress: Stress can increase your risk of CVD, so it's important to manage stress during menopause. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as yoga, meditation, and therapy.
  6. Monitor your hormones: If you're experiencing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes or night sweats, talk to your doctor about hormone therapy. Hormone therapy can help alleviate these symptoms, and may also have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health.

Menopause can have an impact on cardiovascular health, but there are steps women can take to reduce their risk. By maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and monitoring your hormones, women can take control of their cardiovascular health during menopause. As always, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise, diet or hormone treatment regimen.

Menopause Mane-ia: Reigniting Your Hair's Radiance Amidst Hormonal Hair Loss

Menopausal hair loss can be distressing, but understanding its causes and implementing effective strategies can help you cope and promote regrowth. Discover the insights, tips, and treatments to regain luscious locks during this transformative phase of life.

Hair loss is a common concern for many women going through menopause. As hormonal changes occur, the scalp and hair follicles can be affected, leading to thinning hair and increased shedding. In this blog post, we will explore key strategies and tips to address menopause-related hair loss and promote hair regrowth. From scalp photos to hydration and hair care routines, we will cover essential techniques to manage this issue effectively.

Understand Your Scalp: Photos for Insight.

To better understand the extent of hair loss and track progress, taking photos of your scalp can be helpful. By capturing images from different angles, you can monitor changes over time and evaluate the effectiveness of your hair care routine.

Protect Your Scalp: Sunscreen Considerations.

When choosing a sunscreen for your scalp, it's important to avoid products that contain titanium nanoparticles. These nanoparticles can potentially clog hair follicles and lead to further hair loss. Look for sunscreens specifically formulated for scalp application, preferably with physical blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Hydration: Drink Up for Healthy

HairProper hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining overall hair health. Aim to drink 12 to 8 ounces of water daily to keep your body and scalp hydrated. Staying hydrated from within can promote hair growth and prevent dryness.

Trim Regularly: Prevent Breakage

Trimming your hair regularly, about 1-2 inches every few months, helps prevent split ends and breakage. By removing damaged ends, you can maintain healthier hair and prevent further loss.

Embrace Hair Masks: Weekly Hydration Boost

Hydrating hair masks are excellent for nourishing and revitalizing your hair. Consider incorporating a weekly hair mask into your routine to provide deep hydration and prevent breakage. Look for masks like Olaplex or those recommended by dermatologists, such as K18 masks, known for their effectiveness in hydrating and preventing breakage.

Hair Oils: Nourish and Protect

Using hair oils, especially those without heat, can provide much-needed nourishment and protection for your hair. Look for products like Olaplex or other hair growth oils that promote hair health and strength. Apply a small amount to the ends and lengths of your hair, avoiding the scalp.

Brush with Care: Bore Bristle Brush

Using a bore bristle brush can help distribute natural oils from your scalp to the lengths of your hair. This gentle brushing technique can stimulate the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Remember to be gentle and avoid brushing wet hair, as it is more prone to breakage.

Limit Shampooing: Preserve Natural Oils

Frequent shampooing can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Consider limiting shampooing to every other day or even less frequently, depending on your hair type and needs. Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo when washing your hair to avoid further damage.

Silk Pillowcase: Gentle on Hair

Switching to a silk pillowcase can reduce friction and minimize hair breakage. Silk's smooth surface creates less resistance as you move during sleep, reducing the chances of hair damage and tangles.

Hair Accessories: Opt for Silk Scrunchies

Regular hair ties can cause tension and breakage, especially if your hair is fragile due to menopause-related hair loss. Silk scrunchies offer a gentler alternative, reducing hair damage and preventing unnecessary strain on your locks.

Menopause hair loss can be a challenging experience for women, but with the right strategies and tips, you can effectively manage this issue and promote hair regrowth. From understanding your scalp through photos to embracing a comprehensive hair care routine, incorporating hydration, trims, masks, oils, and gentle brushing techniques, you can nurture your hair and minimize further damage. Additionally, considering supplements, updated cancer screenings, and exploring HRT options with caution can provide further support. Remember, addressing menopause-related hair loss requires patience and consistency, but with time, dedication, and the right approach, you can regain confidence in your hair's health and beauty.

Aging with Intention: Using Menopause to Improve Your Longevity

Discover the secrets to living longer and healthier after menopause. Explore longevity tips, lifestyle changes, and potential treatments to enhance your well-being during the menopausal journey.

Aging is a natural part of life. But throughout history — from fabled elixirs to experimental medical treatments — we’ve looked for ways to slow it down and enjoy more years of our lives. 

The reasons for how and why we age remain a mystery. What we do know is that it’s a complex process influenced by our genes, biology, lifestyle choices, and environment. 

We also know that females tend to outlive males — even though we experience a sharp decline in our health and longevity following menopause — and spend more of our lives in poorer health.

So, why do women live longer? And what can we do to protect our longevity and improve our health during those years?

In this article, we’ll discuss the unique traits of the female body that both protect — or harm — our longevity. We’ll also explore ways to take your health into your own hands and improve how you age.

The Female Longevity Paradox

Females live longer than males in over 60% of the species on earth. That may be thanks to several built-in traits that protect us and combat the adverse effects of aging earlier in life. In fact, the enhancements we’ve been given, in many ways, make us not so different from superheroes.

People born as females have two x-chromosomes to use in their development. This additional x-chromosome provides a handy backup system to buffer against certain genetic conditions and diseases that might be found on one of our x-chromosomes. Additionally, our enhanced immune system helps us respond better to infections than our male counterparts and reduces the risk of age-related diseases. 

Females also have more estrogen than males — and this is our superpower. 

Estrogen is a sex hormone produced mainly in our ovaries that plays a vital role in sexual and reproductive development. But it’s also critical for the proper function of many other organs and systems in the body. 

While estrogen doesn't "prevent" aging per se, it does offer protective effects that can delay or mitigate some age-associated changes and diseases. Estrogen also increases the expression of longevity-associated genes and decreases harmful particles produced in our cells that cause cell damage.

But, just like all superheroes, the female body has one critical weakness. A certain phase in our lives threatens these incredible defenses, and it’s often a turning point in our health and longevity.

Menopause: Longevity’s Kryptonite 

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman's life accompanied by a significant decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones. While we don’t know why menopause occurs, we do know that our ovaries, which are responsible for producing most of our estrogen, age at twice the rate of any other organ in our body. 

This means most women begin peri-menopause around the age of 38-44 and spend nearly a third of their life in menopause.

Why is this important? Because the loss of estrogen and progesterone has a profound effect on our bodies. As estrogen levels drop, bone density decreases, heightening the risk of fractures. Altered cholesterol levels put the health of our heart at stake, and the risk of diabetes, stroke, and memory disorders surges. Lower estrogen levels also affect our immune system response, making us more susceptible to various chronic ailments. 

All of these factors jeopardize our long-term health and vitality, but the effects of menopause can extend even further. Menopause accelerates cellular aging by 6%, and the symptoms themselves can impact our longevity.

How to Enhance Your Longevity

While it might seem like improving your longevity is beyond your control, it’s important to know that your genetics are only about 10% responsible for how long you’ll live. 

So, what can you do to enhance your longevity today?

Make Lifestyle Changes

Clean Up Your Diet

Diet plays a pivotal role in aging. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins reduces the risks of chronic diseases and increases longevity. On the other hand, diets heavy in processed foods and sugars promote inflammation and can hasten the aging process. 

Eat More Foods with Antioxidants

Antioxidants combat free radicals, those unstable molecules that can cause damage to our cells and contribute to aging and various diseases. By neutralizing these free radicals, antioxidants help protect our body from oxidative stress, which is linked to chronic illnesses and degenerative conditions. Consuming a diet abundant in antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries, nuts, leafy greens, and dark chocolate, not only supports overall health but also aids in reducing the risk of age-related diseases, paving the way for a longer, healthier life.

Add Phytoestrogens Into Your Diet

Phytoestrogens, plant-derived compounds that mimic some of the actions of the hormone estrogen in our body, have been linked to various health benefits. They can play a role in balancing hormones, supporting bone health, and even offering protective measures against certain cancers. Consuming a diet abundant in phytoestrogen-rich foods, such as soy products, flaxseeds, and certain beans, not only promotes overall well-being but may also aid in mitigating age-related health challenges, contributing to a longer, more vibrant life.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption

While excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental and often makes menopause symptoms worse, light to moderate consumption, particularly red wine, might be associated with increased lifespan and reduced heart disease risk.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a leading cause of various diseases. Avoiding tobacco and mitigating exposure to environmental smoke can substantially increase your life expectancy.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise is essential for healthy aging, and including both aerobic and resistance training has been shown to reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, enhance cognitive function, and improve longevity.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

Obesity is linked to various health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain cancers. However, an underweight body mass index (BMI) can also negatively impact longevity. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help enhance your lifespan.

Reduce Stress

Chronic stress can be detrimental to longevity. Prolonged exposure to stress hormones, like cortisol, can lead to various health issues, from heart disease to a weakened immune system. Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga have been scientifically shown to reduce stress and its adverse effects.

Maintain Social Connections

Strong social connections and maintaining your mental health can positively influence your longevity. Across 148 studies, stronger social relationships increased the likelihood of survival by 50%

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Mental well-being is intimately tied to physical health; conditions like depression and anxiety can have tangible effects on physical health. Seeking help when needed, whether through therapy, friendships, or other interventions, is crucial to your longevity.

Get Regular Health Screenings

Early detection and management of diseases is one of the best ways to improve longevity. In fact, according to findings from the latest Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, regular visits to healthcare professionals, such as mammograms for breast cancer and Pap smears for cervical cancer, may add up to two years to a woman’s life expectancy.

Get the Right Treatment for Aging

While the fountain of youth remains a myth, personalized care from someone trained to understand female longevity can address the effects of aging and enhance your quality of life during those years. 

Hormonal and non-hormonal interventions each offer their own unique set of benefits and considerations. That’s why you want a knowledgeable guide to help you investigate your health needs and navigate the different options.

Hormonal Treatment for Aging

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to manage the symptoms of menopause by replenishing declining hormone levels. Research into the effects of HRT on longevity is limited but shows hope.

A long-term study from 1981-2003 involving over 8,800 women found that women who took estrogen lived longer than those who did not. In fact, over 22 years, the study found that women who did not take estrogen died younger — and often sicker — than their estrogen-taking peers. Additionally, the risk of both death and age-related diseases was lowest among longer-term, lower-dose users.

While HRT offers numerous benefits, it does come with potential risks and side effects. Most physicians recommend starting hormone replacement therapy within 5-7 years of menopause at the lowest dose possible for the fewest years needed. Before beginning any HRT regimen, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider to determine if it's the right choice for your individual health needs. 

Non-hormonal supplements and medications

Beyond hormone replacement therapy, many vitamins and minerals stand out for their potential to combat age-related issues. These non-hormonal alternatives can offer benefits like reducing inflammation, bolstering the immune system, and replenishing vital nutrients. 

Empower with Antioxidants

Free radicals — rogue molecules in our bodies — can cause cellular damage, a key factor in aging and various diseases. Antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, E, and Selenium, counteract these culprits. 

Combat Inflammation

Chronic, low-grade inflammation is a crucial contributor to aging. Omega-3 fatty acids, abundant in fish oil and specific plants, are proven to douse inflammation, safeguard brain health, and lower the risk of chronic ailments. Similarly, curcumin, derived from turmeric, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant, addressing inflammation at its root.

Shield your Immune System 

Vitamin D helps absorb calcium for stronger bones, reducing your risk of fractures and osteoporosis. It also activates our immune defenses to fight off pathogens and protects against cognitive decline. Zinc offers dual benefits: it boosts immune function and helps maintain proper cell function to prevent chronic diseases and conditions associated with aging.

Nourish your Nerve Function

Magnesium is multifaceted. It ensures heart rhythm stability, mitigates hypertension, and plays a pivotal role in nerve function, aiding electrical signal transmission in the body.

Taking vitamin and mineral supplements is not a one-size-fits-all approach. While supplements can benefit people with specific deficiencies or certain health conditions, they aren’t always necessary for everyone. Talk to a healthcare provider before adding supplements to your routine to ensure you take the ones that best match your health needs.

FemGevity: Your Key to Longevity

Navigating the complex aging landscape, especially for women, requires knowledge, attention, and personalized care. While getting older is inevitable, many factors affecting our longevity are within our control.

At FemGevity, our comprehensive approach to care can provide you with the tools, resources, and knowledge to improve your health and longevity. We’re redefining the way women’s health is treated through menopause and beyond so that you can live more of your life in good health.


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