September is Menopause Awareness Month
LOS ANGELES – (August 27, 2019) – Far too many women ages 40 to 55 are taken by surprise by perimenopause and menopause. One day they’re feeling fine; the next day they’re experiencing night sweats, hot flashes, belly fat, mood swings, insomnia, low libido, and other perplexing symptoms. Since September is National Menopause Awareness Month, Denise Pines, president of the Medical Board of California, is commemorating the occasion by leading the ways women can work with the physical changes caused by menopause with the kickoff of the WisePause Lifestyle tour in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Skirball Cultural Center.
“Our grandmothers and mothers never talked about menopause,” says Pines, founder of the WisePause Lifestyle Tour, “and this has resulted in half-truths, all-out myths, unnecessary anxiety, and generations of women who have been unprepared for this inevitable and manageable transition in a normal life cycle.”
Menopause is defined as when a woman has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months. Perimenopause represents the years leading up to menopause, when many women experience symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.
While the needs associated with pregnancy and motherhood are being woven into the fabric of our modern working world, very few employers recognize the needs of women going through perimenopause and menopause. This “change of life” remains stigmatized, and many women suffer unnecessarily in silence.
The WisePause Lifestyle Tour is going to break that silence. Through innovative and informative programming, the tour’s full-day summit is designed to demystify the perimenopause and menopause experience. “The WisePause Lifestyle Tour is an empowered community experience that connects women to the best midlife health information, trusted healthcare professionals, innovative hormonal healing therapies, products, and services, and to other women on similar journeys,” says Pines, who is also the founder of WisePause Lifestyle. In workshops and small group “Table Talks”, experts in the fields of medicine, alternative medicine, and healing arts will discuss topics including hormonal fluctuations, incontinence, nutrition, and age-defying skin and beauty treatments. Exhibitors at the Wellness Experiential Tent will be on hand to provide information and samples of massage, cryotherapies, nutritional supplements, organic foods, yoga, and non-invasive skin and beauty treatments. The multi-city tour, sponsored by AARP and Tea Botanics, kicks off on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
At the Los Angeles summit, Pines will be joined by over twenty experts, including keynote speaker Karen Giblin, President of Red Hot Mamas, Dr. Karyn Grossman, MD (cosmetic dermatologist), Julie E (dietitian and functional medical practitioner), Kathryn Kassai (physical therapist and co-author of The Bathroom Keys), Dr. Pei Vuong (nutrition and integrated medicine specialist), Dr. Shiroko Sokitch (Eastern medicines and acupuncture authority), Erich Nall (celebrity fitness trainer), Dr. Gail Jackson, MD (obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in bioidentical hormones), Dr. Susan Sklar, MD (functional medicine practitioner), Dr. Gail Wyatt, PhD (clinical psychologist and sex therapist), Deborah Garlick (menopause and the workplace trainer) and Susan Carlson (esthetician). “There is no substitute for intimate in-the-trenches conversations among women,” says Pines. “WisePause is bringing the best experts together under one roof so that women can ask real questions, get informed answers, and get on the path to living their best lives.”
The tour begins in the heart of Menopause Month (September), and Pines feels strongly that the timing is right for these conversations to take place. “Like many women, I was unprepared when my body was changing physically, psychologically, and emotionally,” she says. “I want women to know menopause is not a condition or a disease, it’s just another stage in a woman’s life.” The WisePause Lifestyle Tour is committed to helping women enjoy high-quality, productive lives through menopause and beyond.
Following the summit in Los Angeles, the tour will host summits in Atlanta on October 12, 2019 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and in Chicago and Washington, DC, in 2020. For more information and to register for the WisePause Lifestyle Tour, please visit https://wisepausetour.com. The WisePause Lifestyle tour is sponsored by AARP and Tea Botanics.
Says Karen Chong, Director of Audience & Influencer Engagement at AARP, “Disrupt Aging fosters open, honest conversation about how we want to live and age. Breaking the silence around a historically taboo topic like menopause is essential to empowering women to lead the lives they choose without stigma or shame.”
6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause daily (2.2M annually)
80% of women will experience hot flashes or night sweats
Less than 7% will receive treatment for menopause symptoms
Postmenopausal women in the world will reach 1.1bn by 2025
*Sources: Persistence Monitor Research (Jan. 2017); American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports.