Menopause Instruction Manual

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Got Menopause???? Then you have landed in the right place! is here to be used as your online perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause library!  It took me ten years to compile all this material and has been my life’s work.  Now it is yours for the taking….and for free!

While I am not a doctor or scientist, I have “talked the talk” with countless menopause experts, to be able to “walk the menopause walk” and share my keys to this menopause kingdom with you. The information is delivered to you in layperson speak, along with a pinch of humor and a lot of love. My goal is for you to feel at home here as if you are having a cocktail with your best friend, who happens to know a lot about perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause.

Here is some of what you can find at

  1. An easy to understand explanation of Perimenopause and Menopause.
  2. Oodles of Menopause Mondays® Blogs on all things menopause and women’s mid-life.
  3. Health News Flashes to keep you up to date.
  4. A Search Button to look up that nagging symptom or a mid-life question.
  5. Tips on how to find a Menopause Specialist.
  6. A downloadable Menopause Symptoms Chart to help you explain how you feel to your Menopause Specialist.
  7. A Singing Uterus Video to help Explain Perimenopause and Menopause.
  8. A free downloadable e-Book, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS® The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause.
  9. Menopause TV on my YouTube Channel.
  10. Learn how to throw a Menopause Mondays Party and break open the conversation with your friends or co-workers.
  11. Learn about the latest information on hormone therapy.

Remember to always trust how you feel – you know when you don’t feel well. Reach out and get the help you need and deserve.

You are not alone! is always here for you….. even during those sleepless nights.

I am handing you the keys to the menopause kingdom delivered with commitment, attention to your optimal health, love, light, and laughter.

Here’s to your good health!

My motto is: Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN.


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.

  • Leah

    Hi Ellen, Just turned 62, still on my estrogen patch and prometrium. Doctor has ok’ed it, but wondered what your latest thoughts are on continuing ert at this age. Value your opinion and insight. Thanks!!!

    • I am not a doctor, but here is the latest info from the North American Menopause Society: Dspite the fact that the current data points to the effectiveness of Hormone Therapy (HT) for the relief of menopausal symptoms, women are still so skeptical. The current published evidence from the WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) suggests that HT is a relatively safe solution for menopausal women under the age of 60 or within 10 years of postmenopause. In addition, HT does not need to be routinely discontinued in women aged older than 60 or 65 years and can be considered for continuation beyond age 65 years for persistent hot flashes, quality-of-life issues, or prevention of osteoporosis after appropriate evaluation and counseling of benefits and risks. (You can read more about HT here.)
      Hope this is helpful!

    • Every women and her doctor must decide what is best for her particular health needs. Last year, I reported on the North American Menopause Society latest info on this. You can read about it here:

  • Carla

    Hi Ellen. This is my first time blogging. I am 55 years old. During the last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and the chemo treatment seemed to have exhilarated the menopausal symptoms. I’m now cancer free but during the last 2 months my life has been a roller coaster filled with emotions from sadness to crying. I’m presently seeing a psychiatrist and have been prescribed a new medication to help with my symptoms which I start tomorrow. I wish that I didn’t have tk feel like this. Also just before I was diagnosed I lost my husband 2weeks before to cancer. I hope to connect with women through this blog who can help me get through this very difficult time.

    • I am so sorry that you are dealing with all of this. This is a lot at one time for anyone to have to deal with. Sending my sincere sympathies for the losss if your beloved husband. If you can, I always recommend seeing a grief therapist. If Hospice was called in for your husband, they are a great place to get a good referral. I am hopeful that your psychologist will find the right individual treatment that works for you. When I interviewed
      Oncologists at Yale Cancer Center they spoke about recommending black cohosh for their cancer survivors experiencing menopausal symptoms. at the time of my interview, they mentioned Remifemin as one of the purest choices. Perhaps chat with your Oncologist and/or Menopaause Specialist about it. Sending hugs …..❤️