Gwyneth Paltrow: Menopause Hero or Menopause Villain?

IMG_0302On November 2, 2018, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a video on @goop, letting everyone know that she is 46 and noticing the signs of perimenopause, especially the emotional changes. Of course, she smiles while telling us she often becomes suddenly furious. Isn’t that a Gen X woman? If you’re going to be mad, smile and be nice about it (that’s how we’re raised). Anyway, if you google “gwyneth paltrow menopause” you get at least two pages of write-ups about her video. Vogue, People, Women’s Health, ABC News and many others found her announcement newsworthy. Should we care?

Gwyneth (can I call her by her first name?) is in our age group. Remember how luminous she was on the screen in “Shakespeare in Love,” and didn’t you just tear up a little when she accepted the Oscar in that pink Ralph Lauren dress? Did you experience a little happy feeling in your heart to see her back as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man movies? She is us, except more famous and much richer.

I’m glad she’s talking about perimenopause and menopause. We all grew up sitting in the back seat of our Mom’s car, reading bumper stickers that said, “Honk if you’re kegeling!” I remember asking my mom what the heck kegeling was. I feel that menopause is currently kept too quiet. Where are the “I”m not having a hot flash, I’m having a power surge” t-shirts? I don’t want to wear one, but somebody should. Our generation was raised by the Supermoms, and we don’t like to show the chinks in our armor. If we’re in perimenopause or into menopause, we’re not going to share–it makes us seem old. There’s no need to feel shame about a perfectly normal Menopause Body changing.

Let’s get one thing straight. In that same goop video, Gwyneth talks about “Madame Ovary” supplements she takes for perimenopause, and SHE WILL SELL THEM TO YOU on goop. In these modern times, people both want to help you, and make money off it. I follow some legitimate doctors online, and many of them also sell supplements and shakes. I’m personally enjoying putting out good health information on the internet in this blog, but someday I might find something helpful to offer you for money as well. I PERSONALLY WOULD NEVER BUY A SUPPLEMENT TO PUT INSIDE MY BODY FROM GOOP or really any other lifestyle blogger. I don’t agree with the supplements she’s chosen as being good for everybody. If you think supplements might help you, visit your local Integrative Medicine doctor or Functional Medicine doctor to find out what can truly help you. Ask them where to buy the good, safe supplements too, so you don’t waste your money.

So Gwyneth! Is she a menopause hero or menopause villain? My teenagers are probably tired of me saying, “There are very few true heroes or villains in this life. There are many imperfect human beings.”  So I’ll call her a human being. I say thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow for shining a light on the Menopause Body journey. Please keep talking, so we ALL can talk out loud about it. But I’ll say no thanks to buying the Madame Ovary supplements.

I hope you find my blog interesting, and I must say that I can’t give you personal medical advice. You need to get that from your own doctor. However, if you have any Menopause Body questions, please ask!

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