Featured Doc – Bradley Bobbitt, MD

Every week we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Featured Doc series.” Today we showcase Bradley Bobbitt, MD who practices in Cincinnati, OH and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider for nine years.

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How to Deal With Symptoms of Menopause 

Many women hear the word menopause and start to freak out.  Although this is a phase of life for every woman experiences, there is often a sense of embarrassment and dread. Women typically think that they are now considered old.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Think back to High School health class and it teaches us that menopause ends one’s fertility, but it tends to leave out that a woman can still remain healthy, sexual and vital after they go through menopause.  Like any other milestone in our life, menopause is just another phase. How we manage that phase physically, mentally, and socially impacts how well the transition and outcome will be.   

How to Deal With Symptoms of Menopause 

Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and usually happens when they are in their 40s or 50s.  Illness or surgery can alter the onset of menopause for some women. When a woman starts to go through menopause, her body undergoes a series of changes that bring on a variety of symptoms. Some women don’t need treatment for their symptoms, because they go away on their own, but almost all complain of how uncomfortable they can be. 

 


Here are a few ways to deal with symptoms of menopause:
 

Hot Flashes 

Women experiencing hot flashes suddenly become very hot out of nowhere and they’ll start to sweat. Sometimes hot flashes can be triggered by something, so it’s good to notice what those triggers are so that they can be avoided. Such triggers include: stress, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol or just being in a very hot place. It’s recommended to dress in layers so that they can be removed if a hot flash happens and to use a fan at home or at work. Also, taking deep, slow breaths when a hot flash starts can prevent one from becoming too hot and bothered.  

 Vaginal Dryness 

During menopause women tend to be more self-conscious of their bodies, it is important to keep your romantic and sexual life comfortable and ongoing as it will also help with your self-esteem. Menopause can make a woman’s vagina become unusually dry and the tissue becomes thinner, so if you are experiencing discomfort discuss it with your doctor.  

 Sleeping Problems 

Sleep seems to evade most women during menopause. The lack of sleep only worsens the other symptoms you may be experiencing. Some suggested ways to help get some rest is to be physically active throughout the day. Also, avoid large meals before bedtime and try drinking something warm before sleeping like warm milk or caffeine-free tea. If you wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep, do something relaxing like reading a book until you are sleepy again. But if you can’t get to sleep on your own, you might have to talk to your doctor about these sleep problems 

Mood Swings 

Some women feel crankier and moodier than usual when menopause hits them, so it’s important that they get enough sleep and rest to feel their best. Also, avoid stress and look for positive ways to ease any stress you might have. Women often find themselves very depressed during menopause. If you feel yourself unable to function, you should contact a medical professional for assistance.  Hormonal imbalance during this time can wreak havoc with your moods and emotional stability. Having support with friends , family, or group can help in dealing with some of the symptoms 

 Memory Problems 

When going through menopause, a common complaint is of memory trouble. The best thing to do is to stay physically active and get enough sleep to improve these symptoms. Also, mental exercises can keep memory lapses at bay.  

Women can always do something to lessen their symptoms when going through menopause, but they can also talk to their doctors about taking bio identical hormone therapy that can ease or even eliminate the symptoms caused by menopause.  

Featured Doc –  Dr. Cole Nilson, DO

Every week we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Featured Doc series.” Today we showcase Dr. Nilson, DO who practices in Tulsa, OK and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since 2/1/2011.

Please see  Dr. Cole Nilson, DO profile on our directory at:     https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/cole-nilson-do/          

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Featured Doc – Dr. Linda Evans, MD

Every week we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Featured Doc series.” Today we showcase Dr. Linda Evans, MD who practices in Cincinnati, OH and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since 9/25/2010.

Please see Dr. Linda Evans, MD’s profile on our directory at: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/linda-evans-md/

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Featured Doc – Lawrence Carpenter, MD

Every week we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Featured Doc series.” Today we showcase Dr. Lawrence Carpenter, MD who practices in Mobile, AL and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since 6/1/2012.

Please see Dr. Lawrence Carpenter, MD  profile on our directory at: : https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/lawrence-carpenter-md/

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Menopause Monday: When the Summer Weather isn’t why you’re Hot: Hot Flashes  

As women enters the next phase of their life with perimenopause, menopause or postmenopause, the most common symptom is the infamous hot flash.

Summer Heat and Hot Flashes

Knowledge is one of the greatest weapons and when it comes to hot flashes, it is essential to arm yourself with the correct information to take action. By learning about hot flashes and consulting your doctor, you can be more prepared in what you could be dealing with.  

What are hot flashes? 

Low estrogen is often the main cause of hot flashes in women. Low estrogen has a harsh effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls sleep, appetite, sex hormones and temperature. The hypothalamus is deceived by low estrogen levels into believing that the body is too hot and attempts to remedy it by ridding the body of excess heat. Hot flashes are the dilation of blood vessels at the skin’s surface attempting to cool down your body. Instead of experiencing a cooling effect you feel suddenly warm. This feeling is usually most intense in the face, neck and chest. Sometimes a hot flash can cause a reddening or blotchiness of the skin, which is referred to as a hot flush. A hot flash can also be accompanied by perspiration, a rapid heartbeat, or chills. By balancing your hormones, you can put an end to hot flashes. 

What can you do to ease hot flashes?  

  • Stay cool  

When a hot flash strikes, you can remove an article of clothing to keep your body temperature stable.  Another option is to decrease a room’s temperature by either opening a window or using a fan of some sort. This will also keep the air flowing throughout the room which helps keep your body comfortable.  

  • Relax 

It is important to remember that these hot flashes are not signs of a medical problem. They are only your body’s response to changing hormones and often will ease in intensity after the first or second year of menopause.  Rhythmic breathing exercises can help keep you calm and focused. Reducing stress can be imperative for keeping your body stability 

  • Stay Hydrated  

Drinking cold water before, during, and after a flash can help keep your body hydrated and stable.  

How can you prevent hot flashes?  

  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) 

BHRT continues to be one of the most effective treatments for preventing hot flashes. By using hormone pellets you can experience complete relief of your hot flash symptoms along with other uncomfortable menopausal effects such as vaginal dryness and night sweats. The pellets can work with your body for up to six months and you don’t have to worry about taking a pill or using a cream every day.  

  • Exercise 

Exercising can help reduce the intensity of your hot flashes and help in preventing them. Fat cells store estrogen and by reducing your fat cells your body can more effectively regulate the estrogen in your body.  

  • Avoid triggers 

By avoiding certain triggers such as stress, caffeine, alcohol, smoking and spicy foods you can sometimes evade hot flashes.  

 

Doc of the Day – Dr. David Barrere, MD FACOG

Every day we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Doc of the Day series.” Today we showcase Dr. David Barrere, MD FACOG who practices in Cincinnati, OH and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since 4/1/2011.

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Love Gracefully

Romance is said to be wasted on youth.
Truthfully, romance or love is never wasted on anyone. It’s a positive force that teaches us more about ourselves and others. No one is too old to learn about love or enjoy it.

“We are most alive when we’re in love.”
John Updike

Romance and love are topics that poets have written about throughout history to define, celebrate and grieve. Not one word or writing can capture what someone feels exactly or completely.

“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”
Plato

It is a unique experience to each individual and it is boundless as it is ageless in scope and potential.

“Romance is a state of mind. It is a way of looking at your partner, life and even the world in such a manner that allows you to savor whatever is good in your life. Romance is nothing more than savoring your partner and the gifts of your intimate relationship. From that place of savoring, from that place of gratefulness, you give back. You slow down and nurture your partner. You slow down and get in touch with what makes your partner’s heart sing.” (1)

As we age, our concept of love and romance changes and evolves. That does not mean it diminishes in value or its powerful impact on our lives.

“The heart has no wrinkles.”
Unknown

At 17, we are attracted to very different things than at 30, 40 or 60. Physical attraction is important at any age but as we get older we can balance that attraction out with other important aspects of a nurturing and loving relationship.

“When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.”
Victor Hugo

We become more patient and accepting of little things and focus more on the big picture. Romance is laughing everyday and a smile shared over something silly. It is the overwhelming desire to be near that person not because you have to but can’t imagine not.

Love is unselfish and as you go through life, parenting, and experiences – you realize it’s not all about you. It’s about learning to love someone more than yourself without losing your identity. You are motivated to build a better life and aspire to greater achievements together because that one special person supports you.

It’s not about fancy things or status, it’s about the connection you have and enjoy. All of these key elements are just one perspective of love and romance, as it is so very different for each person.

“Love is authentic and full of grace.”
DVanCamp

I recall an elderly man showing me his wedding pictures from fifty years ago. I commented on how beautiful his wife was in the picture. He became indignant and said “ you have met my wife – she is even more beautiful now.” His love and romantic view confirmed to me that love is ageless.

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

(1) https://goodmenproject.com/sex-relationships/what-is-romance-cmtt/

Doc of the Day – Dr. Rebecca De La Torre, MD

Every day we highlight and recognize one of our amazing providers in a “Doc of the Day series.” Today we showcase Dr. Rebecca De La Torre, MD who practices in Fort Collins, CO and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since 9/25/2010.

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My Car Ride

My journey began the day after I was born. I was strapped into the protective car seat in the back, bundled and feeling protected. My vantage point was the cute little toys fastened around me all the while feeling safe, loved and fussed over by my parents.

As the years pass by, I graduate to a booster seat in the backseat of the car where I can easily stare outside at the passing world with joy, wonder, and innocence. I recall being enthralled by the migration patterns of rain drops. I imagined the drops racing each other and if they made it off the window, they were free to join the clouds. Did you ever notice how pretty clouds look or that they look like funny animals? Sometimes, I named them as I did with all my imaginary playmates.

Rain drops on the car window

My teenage years in the car, I observe my parents are now listening to the radio, and not as attentive to me. They are often yelling at other people in cars or each other. What once brought them joy, I see makes them angry a lot. So, I have to find ways to amuse myself on this magical ride. I see a movie, mall and ice cream – please stop I cry. But, they don’t have time to stop.

I am old enough to take the driver’s seat. My parents are hesitant, but I have been in cars my whole life – how hard can it be? My grandfather takes me aside and says, “I have been driving a taxi in Manhattan for 40 years, just remember everyone on the road is trying to kill you!” I look at him in sheer horror, was driving and life really that scary? He smiled knowingly sharing his version of defensive driving and maybe living. But, driving is supposed to be fun – I can stop and finally go where I want.

That’s when it all changed for me. The car ride was no longer about fun, but about paying the car insurance or the gas to fill up the tank while I was in college. The bills kept coming and the car was just a means to an end.

I found myself stressed and rushing all the time. I was not looking for joy or raindrops racing, but the idiot killer driver who just cut me off as Grandpa warned. The car takes me to responsibility and the rain only means delays and traffic now.

It’s my turn to place my child in the backseat for the first time. The car is carrying my most precious person. Is the car seat in correctly, is she comfortable and bundled up safely? My mind is racing only on her safety, and I only want to get her home where I can tuck her in. I recall how my parents shouted if I unstrapped myself or distracted them while they drove. I finally understand them. They weren’t being mean – they were just scared.

I’m aging gracefully now and life is slowing down. The world is moving faster passing cars. I find that I can’t always keep up. I can’t see as well at night anymore and my kids are afraid I might not react as quickly. I spent my entire life quickly in this car.

I think it’s time to take the passenger seat.

It’s hard not having all the control, and I’m often slamming my foot to brake as my grown child drives me. I see a store I love and ask if we can stop? No, they say we don’t have the time. I shake my head in dismay – what’s the rush? I feel that the car is now a place of frustration and loss of identity. Wait, my grandchild is in the back seat. She is restless and a bit bored.

Then, I remember the raindrops.

We watch the raindrops together and I smile. My old loyal friends have never left me. I lost sight of them driving to responsibility and things which at the this point of my journey, don’t seem very important. Raindrops are forgiving and they soon restore my wonder with the innocence of my grandchild’s laughter.

The ride didn’t change – I did.

Take the time to enjoy your ride with joy and wonder. Remember the magic in your life and find a way to regain it.

Cherish the ride!