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  1. Insights, Audios, & Research on Mastering Menopause (Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t All Bad, Ladies!)

    Insights, Audios, & Research on Mastering Menopause (Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t All Bad, Ladies!)

    Hello there!

    Here are some questions we’ve gotten about menopause. Lest this laundry list of symptoms gets you thinking this phase of life is nothing but the complete pits, let me just insert a reminder that there are two sides to this coin. Yes, there may be hot flashes, night sweats, interrupted sleep; possibly some weight gain, loss of sexual interest, anxiety about aging, depression… (although some will escape all of the above).

    But there can just as likely be a sense of liberation, empowerment, renewed creativity, and a redefinition of self: more focus on being a voice to be heard, as opposed to something to look at admiringly.

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  2. Health Journeys & Progressive Insurance: A Lasting Love Story

    Health Journeys & Progressive Insurance: A Lasting Love Story

    I’m trying to remember when we first began working with Progressive.  It was a long time ago… had to be the early ‘90’s.

    It was love at first sight.

    Peter Lewis, Progressive’s bigger-than-life, hell-raising, out-of-the-box-thinking CEO, put the capital P in Progressive in more ways than one.

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  3. The Unique & Successful Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals Is Not Your Typical Anything

    The Unique & Successful Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals Is Not Your Typical Anything

    A new hospital department of Integrative Medicine can be vulnerable to becoming siloed and separate from general patient care.

    The genius of the Connor Integrative Network (CIHN) at University Hospitals of Cleveland is that, as a network, it can be everywhere, seamlessly woven into the fabric of everyday patient and employee care.

    Champions of Whole Health Care are either recruited from specialties at the hospital or are hired outright. They are first-rate providers, chosen for their expertise, skill, commitment, and compassion.

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  4. Hypnotic Relaxation Improves Sexual Functioning in Postmenopausal Women

    Hypnotic Relaxation Improves Sexual Functioning in Postmenopausal Women

    Researchers from Baylor University and the University of Michigan examined the effect of hypnotic relaxation therapy on sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. This was a secondary outcome from a larger randomized, controlled trial.

    Sexual dysfunction was measured by the Sexual Activity Questionnaire (SAQ).

    Significant improvement in sexual pleasure, and remediation of discomfort were reported after five weekly sessions of hypnotic relaxation therapy, as compared to those in the attention control group.

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  5. After a Bilateral Mastectomy, She’s More Creative than Ever

    After a Bilateral Mastectomy, She’s More Creative than Ever

    Margaret Dubay Mikus, a poet, photographer and all-round brainiac with a PhD in molecular genetics, discovered she carried a mutation in one of the “breast cancer genes” (BRCA2) when she had a new bout of breast cancer. After much deliberation, she decided to go for the option of bilateral mastectomy, plus removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. Pretty extreme, you might think, but this is a recommended treatment with her medical history and this gene.

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  6. Guided Imagery Heightens Attachment to Baby in Women with Unplanned Pregnancies

    Guided Imagery Heightens Attachment to Baby in Women with Unplanned Pregnancies

    Researchers from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Mashhad, Iran, investigated the effect of guided imagery on maternal-fetal attachment in 67 nulliparous women (women with no children) experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The average woman’s age was 24 years, and most had a high school education.

    The women were randomly divided into two intervention groups (n=35) and a control group (n=32). Assessment measures included a demographic form and London, DASS 21, and the Cranley Maternal-Fetal Attachment Questionnaire.

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  7. Pregnancy-Specific Guided Imagery Reduces Stress in Expectant Teen Mothers

    Pregnancy-Specific Guided Imagery Reduces Stress in Expectant Teen Mothers

    Researchers from the University of Wisconsin examined the effects of a guided imagery intervention on the perceived stress of pregnant adolescents.

    Thirty-five pregnant adolescents, recruited from a local alternative education program, participated in a guided imagery intervention, listening to a pregnancy-specific guided imagery recording on four separate occasions during their pregnancies.

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  8. From Emily, Who Faced Extreme Nausea during Pregnancy

    From Emily, Who Faced Extreme Nausea during Pregnancy

    We got this personal story from Emily for the People We've Helped section of our website.  It’s hard to imagine anything much worse than severe, incapacitating nausea. Emily had it in spades when she was pregnant with her son. Some days, it was so bad, she even doubted she’d ever be a good mother to her unborn son…

    Read her story in her own words...

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