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There’s lots of reasons why sex might be painful after you turn 50. For many women as estrogen levels decline during midlife, their vaginas become much more dry and don’t have the same elasticity or ability to stretch.
What you might notice
Many women I speak to are surprised to learn that they can take birth control pills in their 40’s and early 50’s as long as there are no contraindications. Many women who are in Perimenopause, that is the time when there are a lot of menstrual irregularities, the start of hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, will benefit from taking a low dose birth control pill to help with their symptoms as well as provide contraception.
Fertility after 40
While fertility rates do decline after 40, if a woman is still having her period, even if it’s irregular, she can become pregnant. Contraception is advised if a woman does not want to become pregnant.
I hear from a lot of women who are suddenly ready to have a baby. They want to be pregnant as soon as possible. Others are considering pregnancy and trying to get prepared.
Stop All Birth Control
It may sound obvious, and that’s because it is! If you’re ready to become pregnant, then the first thing to do is to STOP using any birth control.
With most birth control methods once you stop using them, your menstrual cycle will start up again. It may take a few weeks to see a period return, but the process that leads to your period resumes as soon as you stop birth control.
Has the switch flipped and you’re starting to think about becoming pregnant? Have you started to notice more pregnant women everywhere you go?
Does it seem like there’s a new mom pushing a stroller on every street corner? Do you see Dads with little ones in carriers? If so, you just might be starting to think about becoming a mom yourself. This is sometimes known as the pre-contemplative phase where ideas take seed and start to grow in your mind.
Questions to consider
Every woman approaches this process from their own unique perspective. Here’s some questions to consider:
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This summer I spent time in my kitchen trying lots of recipes that increase the amount of protein and nutrients to maintain muscle health and that also taste great. I came up with this yummy Strawberry Surprise Smoothie that uses Ensure High Protein as the base. The surprise is the addition of butternut squash instead of banana or other fruit.
I hope you enjoy it. Everyone who’s tried it loves the taste and can’t believe they’re drinking butternut squash.
In a blender combine:
1 bottle of Ensure® High Protein Vanilla Flavor
3/4 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/3 cup of butternut squash (steamed until soft, and cooled)
Blend until smooth
Optional: add 1/2 cup of ice to blend for your preferred consistency
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Each 8 oz serving contains:
Calories: 479, Protein: 21.1 grams, Fat: 24.5 grams, Sodium: 184 mg, Potassium: 870 mg, Carbs: 49 grams.
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Meet my friend Trisha. She loves to fly so much that when she’s not a private corporate jet pilot, she can be found winging her way across the country working as a flight attendant.
Trisha is a healthy woman in her 40’s who is passionate about staying in shape. She loves to walk or bike to the beach and then swims in the ocean to stay in shape. She is energetic and enthusiastic and loves new adventures.
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Many of my patients talk about how their bodies change after 50, from sagging skin and wrinkles to weight gain around the abdomen. We discuss weight and resistance training, but there’s something more that is often overlooked – are we getting enough protein for our muscles?
After age 40 we all lose about 8% of our lean muscle mass each decade. That means that by age 70, most adults will have lost about ¼ of their muscle mass. After age 70, people continue to lose 15% of their muscle mass per decade. When a person is in the hospital or is confined to bed, their muscle loss is accelerated.
Many people are surprised to learn that our hearts and many organs are made of muscle or surrounded by muscle, which means that it’s not just the large muscles in our legs and arms that are affected by muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia. (more…)
We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article is courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Since autism spectrum disorder cause a wide range of learning disabilities that are unique to each child, classrooms must remain equipped to help every student work around those difficulties. Each individual’s executive function level and sensory processing difficulties play a role in the resulting learning disability types and severity. With 1 in 68 kids diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with many high functioning individuals, teachers at all grade levels must remain prepared to provide accommodations designed to mitigate those learning difficulties. With the right classroom accommodations, it is possible to overcome barriers to learning and help children with autism tackle schoolwork with confidence.
Difficulties with transitions between tasks and activities is common through the full range of the autism spectrum. Therefore, a daily class schedule detailing the broad activity categories for the day is a must. A detailed daily schedule will greatly assist with the transitions related to moving between the classroom, lunchroom, schoolyard and other destinations throughout the day.
It does not, however, have the power to assist with lesson micromanagement. Students with autism perform best when they know how to break up their time between each tasks required to complete the exercise or project in front of them. Teachers can provide an outline for each assignment to help students transition between the required tasks. (more…)
We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article are courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Kids with autism have an excellent chance at enjoying happy and successful adult years upon learning life skills early and often throughout childhood. Repetitive practice of each life skill at an early age gives kids a chance to embrace independence without the repercussions of failure. As you lead your child through the various tasks, you will have the opportunity to offer correction and praise to reinforce the adoption of each skill set. You will need to go through the list of important skills your child will need to navigate adulthood to adequately prepare him or her for life in the real world.
For individuals with autism, self-awareness is not a skill that comes naturally. Therefore, personal care routines do not usually rank highly on the list of things to do. You may notice that your child does not worry about wearing clean clothes or brushing his or her hair. Skipping a shower or tooth brushing session does not give pause either.
Without learning to integrate these tasks into daily life, autistic individuals may struggle in adulthood. Since total wellness hinges on the ability to care for oneself properly, cavities, skin conditions and other health problems could arise from these missed routines. You can help your child adopt a daily personal care routine by providing a detailed task chart with each item broken down into small steps. Provide a sticker for each completed task to reward a job well done. (more…)