Menopause and Swimsuit Season

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Welcome to the sisterhood of the shrinking bathing suits!

It’s that time of the year when I get out my box of bathing suits.  Did I accidentally wash them in boiling hot water and dry them on extra high heat before I folded them neatly in a box for the winter? They all seem to have shrunk! Especially in the tush!

How am I going to keep my tush inside these bathing suits this season?  Staples and tape anyone????

So what’s a gal to do???

  • Thanks to the internet, I can shop for a new bathing suit from the comfort of my own home. You can find a swimsuit that’s flattering and btw you can camouflage a lot with a stylish cover-up. Check out these sites:  Swimsuitsforall and
  • Maintain good posture. Holding your head high, tummy in, and shoulders back, projects an image of self-assurance… and makes you look taller and slimmer, too. Instead of flats, wear sandals with a bit of a heel to give you a longer, leaner look.
  • If you’re not already eating healthy, you can start now! Check out my Menopause Infographic – Weight Gain for some helpful tips!
  • Give your exercise program a boost! Weight-bearing exercises are not only important for toning those muscles, but it is very important for your bone health as we age. Walking with a friend is always fun. You get to keep up on the latest scoops and shed some of those extra winter pounds.
  • Drink lots of water. If you’re spending time outdoors, don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Take a filled water bottle with you wherever you go. Sipping throughout the day is easier than chugging your daily intake all at once. Keeping hydrated will result in healthier skin and hair. Ice-cold water will also cool you from the inside out when you’re experiencing a hot flash. Stay away from carbonated beverages, as they can cause bloating.
  • Stay polished. Treat yourself to a pedicure.There are so many fun, happy colors to play with this season.  My new blush color is OPI – Tiramisu for Two – I promise it is not fattening!
  • Wear a big, floppy hat. After all, you should be protecting your skin from the sun, right? Pair the hat with oversized sunglasses and — voilà! — you look fabulous!
  • Let go of that negative chatter in your brain. Unfortunately, while many of us have outgrown our teeny-weeny-bikinis of yesteryear, we haven’t outgrown our negative self-image. Positive thoughts are the first step to projecting a positive image. Leave the mental baggage at home.
  • See your menopause specialist. Hot flashes and summer heat can cause an internal combustion. Take your filled Menopause Symptoms Chart in with you to see your menopause specialist before the summer heats up!
  • Put on your smile.If you’re having fun, no one is going to give your swimsuit-clad body a second thought.
  • Grab your sunscreen! Take good care of the skin you are in.

Don’t deprive yourself of the joys of summer.  This summer, realize your self-truth and know you are beautiful, inside and out.

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

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After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

  • I am going with protection from the sun and surfer shorts and tank top and wide rim hat. It is my story and I am sticking to it!

  • Donna

    I am printing this out….I love it. I am going to check out your weight link…I am so overweight.

    • Good Luck, Donna! Just start to make some small changes and you will find you can shed some of those unwanted extra pounds. I did!

  • I have found over the years a number of very flattering swimsuits for older women. Where even a cover up is not needed. Lands End in particular has very nice suits. Good reminders to keep self-talking ourselves with positive thoughts.

    • I shall check out Lands End…..thanks for the tip!

  • Just put on a wetsuit and dive…that will cover the tush!

  • Lois Alter Mark

    Ugh, the whole idea of bathing suit season makes me want to throw up. These are all good tips, though!

    • The two sites I listed have some great options. They hold you in, too!

  • sue

    Thanks Ellen for such an encouraging post. There is a swimsuit for everyone but unless we move past our self-doubt and being self-critical of ourselves we will never enjoy the beautiful months of summer. Love your tips thank you.

  • Mary La Fornara

    I go more for the cover up to protect your skin kind of suit!

  • I like the bathing suit sites you recommend. Nice stuff and great tips.

  • Ok, seriously, girl, that is a headline that is mean to draw us in! I had to see what you were going to advise and of course, all good ideas. I just bought a new suit as we’re going to both Hawaii and Antigua and I had to throw one old one away. I think I need another now, and will keep your tips in mind. Maybe a Miracle suit!

  • I seem to hardly ever wear bathers any more (and certainly not a bikini!) but it’s nice to know there are so many lovely styles available for the 50+ market.

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus

    Thanks for the great tips and the swimsuit websites. I am shopping for a few new suits for the summer.

    • Good Luck! I find shopping online is easier. Then I can try the items on in the privacy of my own home and with a mirror that is not distorted.

  • cis

    Who cares about covering the midsection, I need a bather that makes my hips+bottom and thighs look slimmer… perhaps a wetsuit will do