A note to men: If you want to retain your fantasy picture of women, read no farther, as it may bring up visuals you’d just as soon not have.
We were sitting over Greek salads, we three women of a certain age, and wondering why our mothers never had “the talk” with us. Oh, not the talk about puberty. We got that one, both in school and at home.
The “Second Talk”. The one about menopause.
Back then it was called “the change of life”, and we didn’t know anything about it, except that sometimes, older women would break out in a sweat for no reason at all. We never thought it would have anything to do with us.
Until we got to peri-menopause. And then it came as a bit of a shock. Night sweats. (Mine started in my 40s.) Hot flashes. And worse:
While we’d been young, passionate and interested lovers, at menopause our bodies’ responses and also our libidos fell off a cliff. Gone. Suddenly. Our bodies just dried up.
Yeah, no one tells you that part. It’s true, and we Baby Boomers were unprepared.
But no fear: modern medicine is here. Doctors used to want women to take estrogen, until they figured out it was killing us. Now they offer creams to rub on or estrogen-emitting rings to insert.
“I never was that dexterous with a diaphragm,” I told my internist. “That’s why I took the pill.”
“Well,” she said, “I can insert it. You just have to be careful because sometimes it can pop out when you go to the bathroom.”
“Yeah, well, I’m not going to be fishing estrogen rings out of the toilet, Katherine,” I told her. “Forget it.”
We women over 40 are reluctant to medicate for menopausal symptoms and with good reason.
That Second Talk and products that address the second half of life are long overdue. So I was happy to see a consumer company — Poise– step up and break the silence, promoting both the Second Talk and some easy and even revolutionary ways to address the symptoms of menopause.
At lunch, I sympathized as my girlfriend patted her damp face with a napkin. She’d just started having hot flashes, and they were driving her mad. Nothing like breaking out into a sweat during the middle of a key presentation.
Poise now offers two products that can help her symptoms.
Poise Body Cooling Towelettes help you feel comfortable and refreshed. You can slip them into a pocket or a small clutch bag and they come in a re-sealable package. They’re hypoallergenic.
Poise Roll-On Cooling Gel is simply rolled on to wrists, chest or neck for a cooling sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes. It fits easily in a purse or briefcase. Its hypoallergenic formulation contains skin moisturizers, too.
Simple idea. And now available over the counter.
And if you’re looking for help with those intimate moments, a way to be more confident in the romance of the moment, Poise offers that, too. Poise offers a personal lubricant made without fragrance, glycerin, or parabens. Plus it comes in an easy-to-use bottle, because fumbling around in the dark during an intimate moment is a real mood-killer.
So there you have it. A consumer company has stepped up and addressed the issues every women will face at mid-life. So, thank you, Poise!
Oh, and one more thing. Two, actually. If you’re like me, you’re taking every opportunity you can to have that Second Talk with women approaching perimenopause. To help them learn what to expect. Now, you can let them know about these new over-the-counter products that will help them feel more comfortable and confident.
I’m offering a sweepstakes to my commenters– and a $250 Visa gift card reward to the winner, thanks to Poise. To be entered for a chance to win, tell me, when do you feel the most confident?
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So, back to the Second Talk and Poise products. How about you? when do you feel most confident? Remember, comment here to be entered for a chance to win!