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The menopause space is dominated by cisgender narratives that often don’t represent or include the experiences of all people who are affected by this transitional life stage. Omisade Burney-Scott is doing her part to change this.
Quick, informative read.
Written by integrative gynecologist and hormone specialist, Dr. LaKeischa McMillan, The Other PMS was a quick and straightforward read. Dr. McMillan uses helpful analogies and simplified metaphors to explain the critical role of our sex hormones, and our adrenal and thyroid glands during menopause transition. I also appreciate how she shares her own struggles, as a Black woman and medical professional navigating perimenopause (especially the impact on relationships and self-perception) and talks through her approach to treatment and wellness. I found it to be a particularly helpful perspective coming from a doctor practicing in the space. I definitely recommend!
You can purchase her book via online booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can follow Dr. McMillan on IG or Clubhouse, @DrLaKeischaMD. Happy reading!
Lisa M. Griffith-Fleming, a 56-year-old hair stylist and actor, has been experiencing menopause transition for the last 11 years. Now, post-menopausal, she's got a lot of life lessons, remedies and better than ever sex stories to share.
“Whooo woo barbecue — that’s what it has felt like every day with this menopause I’ve been going through since I was 45 —more than 11 years now. I’ve got tenure!”
Susan Torres, a 51-year-old casting agent, began experiencing disruptive symptoms at age 49.
“My mother never spoke about my body — or anything sexual. There were little nicknames — but you don’t hear about that until you are there.”
Asia Kaleem, now 42, is a vivacious, gregarious mother of 3 — thrust into early menopause eleven years ago. Now, she’s happy to be in a stage where she can “Do whatever the hell she wants to do” — left her home town, moved to NYC to reinvent, and learned to “lean into the sweats.”
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