Empty Nest Practice

I always thought that I would be okay with having an empty nest. I focused on the positives: less laundry, fewer mouths to feed and the absence of my son’s sneaker collection. These past few weeks have been an empty nest trial run for me and my husband. One kid has already started college, going…

How to Beat Vaginal Dryness

One of my good friends talks about the symptoms of aging as if they were climate change. “Up here,” she says, pointing to her face, “it now rains all the time.”  “But down there,” she says, pointing to her vagina, “it is as dry as the desert.” Our vaginas, like the rest of our bodies,…

Shaving Face: How Women Do It

As I get closer to menopause, one of the physical changes I notice is that I’m getting hair in new places. The backs of my upper legs, a little outside the armpit area, and on my face. The first two have been easy to take care of. A quick swipe of my razor and they’re…

Hypnosis for Hot Flashes and Memory Loss

Can hypnosis make you forget you are in menopause? Scientists at Baylor University in Texas suggest that it is possible. For the last couple of years, the school’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory has shown that hypnotic relaxation therapy can combat some of the most vexing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and memory loss. Hypnotic…

When Love Hurts Break Out The Lube

A few women I know who love sex have started to dread it a little bit. With fewer hormones flowing, their vaginas feel tighter and dryer, and penetration can be uncomfortable. “I never expected that it would hurt,” says a good friend who just turned 50. While there are many remedies for vaginal dryness, the…

Aging is Cool in Japan

Tokyo has a neighborhood for everything. Electronics. Plastic displays of sushi. Online gaming. High and low fashion. And tucked into the northern reaches of the city, one for aging gracefully. The Sugamo neighborhood’s half-mile long shopping street, Jizo-dori, offers a window on the way that Japan views its graying population, and a good lesson for…

Journal of My 49th Year: A Funeral Suit

(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number six. Find the series here.) I managed to make it through the first 40 years of my life without having to attend a funeral.…

Journal of my 49th Year: What To Do About My Skin

(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number five. Find the series here.) I’ve accepted the fact that no matter what I do, whether it’s exercising, eating right or praying to the…

Heading Off to College

If you have a high school senior in your house, chances are you know what your kid is going to be doing when August rolls around. And with only a month or two left before graduation, your senior is probably having the time of his or her life. Second semester senior year is when they…

The Mysterious Disappearance of Menstruation

My period has mysteriously disappeared. After years of getting it every 28 days, it’s now 19 days late. And thanks to my husband’s successful vasectomy five years ago, I know that I’m not pregnant. I didn’t care when my period didn’t come that first week because I was traveling across the country. And having your…