Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Menopause

Colleen Saidman
Year Released: 2007

Categories: Special Health Conditions

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I have entered early menopause due to a hysterectomy with ovary removal and am currently experiencing some hot flashes and night sweats. I am 3 years in remission after a mastectomy and chemo for ER/PR positive breast cancer and my oncologist advises that hormone therapy and supplements are contraindicated for me. In searching for alternatives, I've read articles indicating that yoga can be helpful and decided it can't hurt to give it a try. The outdoor backdrop presented here is lovely and the instructor is pleasant. She demonstrates some of the poses herself, but she often walks around the two background exercisers and shows them how to adjust the poses to make them easier or harder. My yoga experience is limited, but I found the moves fairly accessible. If you are a regular practitioner, it might be too easy for you. I like that the instructor is actually talking in "real time" as they do the workout (voice over tends to creep me out). She makes a few comments that are a little "woo woo" by my standards, but it isn't so over the top that I can't overlook it. It does bother me a little bit when she says things like "this pose stimulates the ovaries"; I get distracted and start wondering if that means that it isn't doing anything for me because I don't have ovaries (or whatever part she is talking about), but I guess most women wouldn't have this problem. I have done extensive reading about menopause and didn't learn anything new from the discussion segment of the DVD, but for the average person, I would say it presents up-to-date & accurate information in an easy to understand format (although I can't imagine one would watch that part more than once or twice). I think I will actually make use of the workout portion of the DVD as, regardless of whether or not it reduces or eliminates my hot flashes, it is still a nice stretch. There is also a meditation segment on the DVD, which I started to try, but I was too antsy to sit through it today and will have to attempt it another time.

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