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Contour Light Therapy: Clinically Proven to Fight Pain + Inflammation

Light Therapy is Clinically – Proven to Fight Pain and Inflammation, and we’ve found our favorite Brand! The Contour Light that’s working for patients across the nation!

Natural red and near infrared light therapy is showing immense potential to be just that: a natural inflammation treatment without the pharma risks of traditional NSAIDs.

Non-invasive, LED-based light therapy can also have tremendous benefits for sculpting the body, fat loss and minimizing inches. Contour Light users can lose between 3 to 23 inches in 3 weeks.

Best of all, treatments are:



If you’re not familiar with red light therapy, this article gives a good overview of what it is and how it works. The short version is this:

Red light therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin and cells.

Infrared wavelengths of light stimulate cells and reduce oxidative stress, so your body is able to make more usable energy to power itself, increasing function, speeding healing, and lowering inflammation & pain.

Non-Invasive, Natural Alternative to Liposuction

The Contour Light is one of the fastest-growing areas of aesthetic medicine, most likely because it is nonsurgical procedure with no significant side effects. Research has shown infared light’s long-term effectiveness in reducing overall body circumference measurements in hips, waist, thighs, and upper arms. The treatment is painless and each session is about 20 minutes.

Natural Light Therapy for Inflammation Treatment

Red light therapy alleviates chronic inflammation by increasing blood flow to the damaged tissues, and it’s been found in numerous clinical trials to increase the body’s antioxidant defenses.

Dr. Michael Hamblin of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital is one of the world’s leading photomedicine researchers. He’s studied light therapy at length and concluded that one of its most reproducible effects is

“an overall reduction in inflammation, which is particularly important for disorders of joints, traumatic injuries, lung disorders and in the brain.”

What Are Signs Inflammation?

The five classic signs of inflammation are

  • • Heat

  • • Redness

  • • Swelling

  • • Pain

  • • Loss of function

Pain is caused by chemicals like bradykinin & histamine that your body releases to stimulate your nerve endings as a warning of danger.

There is also clinical evidence for a link between depression and inflammation, both for depression-triggering inflammation and for inflammation leading to depression.

Muscles, exercise, & soreness

Numerous other trials have analyzed light therapy’s ability to treat muscle soreness and exercise-related inflammation and pain. Study found beneficial effects on delayed onset muscle soreness and that people who used light therapy before strenuous exercise experienced less pain and inflammation after workouts.


The Contour Light can bring tremendous benefits to those seeking an alternative to liposuction and prescriptive treatments. Studies also show that patients are reporting reduced inflammation and reduced pain in as little as one 20 minute Contour Light session.

Book Your Contour Light Session Now at Tutera Medical


New Trends in Patient Health Responsibility

New Trends in Patient Health Responsibility
by: Jeffrey Dean, N.M.D.

One of the most exciting developments over the last year of change is the ease of patients to connect and exercise self-care regarding their health. There are new common introductions to the doctor – patient relationship such as Telemedicine for guiding wellness rather than waiting to treat illness, which is a welcomed change to our traditional healthcare model. Other developments include simply “focusing” attention on supporting one’s own wellness through basic principles such as nourishment, movement, mental balance and sleep restoration.


Hormones in general are often simply associated with mood swings, hot flashes or night sweats. But they’re actually part of an extensive and important system that’s in both women and men responsible for a wide range of bodily functions including metabolism, sleep cycles, skin health and beyond. Called the endocrine system, this series of glands creates and distributes hormones, which serve as chemical messengers throughout the body.

There are several key hormones that, if unbalanced, can cause the whole hormonal system to falter, zapping your energy and making you feel wiped out. The problem is that hormones are always fluctuating, and their functions are so intertwined that it’s hard to capture the big picture. It’s important to listen to your body, and if something feels wrong, consult your doctor.

COMMON QUESTIONS FOR MEN AND WOMEN associated with hormone deficiency:

  • Do you feel tired all the time?

  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

  • Do you have frequent mood swings?

  • Do you suffer from increased fat storage, especially around the stomach area or the upper thigh area?

  • Do you experience frequent headaches, especially new or worsened migraines?

  • Do you have increased cravings, either for salty foods, fatty foods, or sugary foods?

  • For women: Do you have heightened PMS symptoms?

  • For men: Do you have lower libido or increased fat storage?

If associate with one or more of these questions, you may have a hormonal imbalance. The GOOD NEWS is, many men and women are taking steps to help with the annoying symptoms of hormone imbalance.

No matter what you may have heard about some new test or magical theory, there is no reliable and accurate testing for hormone levels other than blood tests. However, this quiz covers some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance. You should always check with your doctor before you begin any lifestyle modifications.


  1. Hormones decrease with age in men and women, particularly after the age of 30.

  2. Hormones affect many important systems in the body and is considered by many medical professionals as “building blocks” for the body. While there are many different types of hormones, there are also different types of glands that secrete them. Endocrine glands include:

  • Thyroid: The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are connected with calorie burning, heart rate, digestion, and beyond.

  • Adrenal: The adrenal gland produces the hormones that affect libido—aka sex drive—and the stress hormone cortisol.

  • Ovaries: The ovaries produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, the female sex hormones.

  • Testes: The testes produce sperm and the male sex hormone testosterone.

  • Pancreas: The pancreas produces insulin, which controls blood sugar and is key in conditions like diabetes.

  • Hypothalamus: This gland affects the release of hormones from other glands in the body, in addition to being connected to body temperature, hunger, thirst, and sleep.

  • Thalamus: The thalamus produces the hormone melatonin, which is connected to sleep.

  • Parathyroid: Calcium levels in the body are connected to this gland.

  • Thymus: The hormones that the thymus produces are directly connected to the immune system

  • Pituitary: The pituitary gland can be thought of as the “master gland” as it actually controls all other glands and produces the hormones that trigger growth.

As you can see, hormones affect MUCH more than your mood and sleeping. If this quiz revealed that you have many symptoms of hormonal imbalance, you should reach out to a hormone specialist and see if you are a candidate for Bio-identical Hormone Optimization.


Other ways that men and women are taking control of their own health is by diet, movement and restoration modifications. It has been proven that making small attainable adjustments to one’s lifestyle can bring big results. There is a wealth of knowledge and resources available to assist guiding wellness using more natural solutions such as

Personally, I am a bioidentical hormone therapy specialist at Tutera Medical in Arizona – focusing on overall wellness solutions. As a SottoPelle® Provider, many locations across the country are available to help. Check out for provider locations near you.

Contact One of My Practice Locations:
215 S Dobson Rd, Building J, Unit 3 Chandler, AZ 85224


8412 E. Shea Blvd, Suite 101 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

20325 N 51st Ave ste 106 building 1 Glendale, AZ 85308

Suffering from Autoimmune Conditions? The Wahl’s Protocol May be The Answer

Suffering from Autoimmune Conditions? The Wahl’s Protocol May be The Answer.

by: Mel Schottenstein, NMD, MBE, FICT

Nutrition plays a vital role in boosting our health. And if you live with multiple sclerosis (MS), you know all too well how critical diet is in managing the symptoms that come with this autoimmune disease.

There are many people who live with painful symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis. When Dr. Wahls saw that her treatment plans weren’t working, she took matters into her own hands and developed Wahls Protocol.

What is the story behind the Wahls Protocol?

After being restricted to a tilt/recline wheelchair, former athlete Dr. Terry Wahls realized that her current MS treatment plan was not working. Her disease was rapidly progressing while her quality of life was greatly diminishing.

Dr. Wahls knew that she was on the path to becoming bedridden.

Immersing herself in research, Dr. Wahls developed a holistic protocol for autoimmune conditions. She relinquished her wheelchair confinement and eliminated medications one year after strictly following her protocol; then she completed an 18-mile bicycle tour.

Today Dr. Wahls is thriving due to her continual dietary and lifestyle changes.

What Is the Wahls Protocol?

The diet is a version of the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet. That’s based on the idea that humans should eat more like our ancient ancestors and avoid the foods we started eating in the past several hundred years, like wheat and processed foods.

On the Wahls Protocol, you eat lots of:

  • Meat and fish

  • Vegetables, especially green, leafy ones

  • Brightly colored fruit, like berries

  • Fat from animal and plant sources, especially omega-3 fatty acids

But you don’t eat:

  • Dairy products and eggs

  • Grains (including wheat, rice, and oatmeal)

  • Legumes (beans and lentils)

  • Nightshade vegetables, which include tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers

  • Sugar

Dr. Mel Schottenstein studied directly under Dr. Terry Wahls and is the only physician certified as a Wahls Health Practitioner in Arizona!

Schedule an appointment via telemedicine or in-person.


In the initial visit, I will discuss a personalized holistic approach to your autoimmune condition, including diet, lifestyle, supplementation, detox and more. Having chronic health concerns since childhood, I understand, both personally and professionally, that a personalized protocol is essential. Through diligent lifestyle changes that include diet, exercise, sleep, and relaxation, I personally eliminated all pharmaceutical agents, some that I had taken for over 20 years, from my daily routine. My experience with chronic illness is a valuable asset in helping my patients gain control of their health and wellness.

Hormonal Weight Gain

Have you noticed some extra belly fat that you can’t explain? If you’re in perimenopause or menopause, this change may be hormonal. Even if you haven’t experienced it yet, many women will gain 2-5 pounds or more during menopause. For many women, this is a concerning symptom. Thus, since BHRT is known for helping with menopause, does it help you shed some pounds, too? Yes, but not for everyone. It depends on your body, medical history, and type of weight gain.

Certain types of weight gain are caused by hormone changes. Hormones act like little messengers that tell organs how to act. During menopause, these hormones decrease. This change can cause about five pounds of weight gain around the belly, but some women may gain even more.

Of course, not all weight gain is hormonal. Even during menopause, genetics and lifestyle are often the main cause of weight gain. In those cases, peptides and dieting may work better. However, that doesn’t mean weight gain during menopause should be ignored. Several studies have found a strong causal link between menopause and abdominal obesity. While not all weight gain is caused by hormonal changes, extra belly fat may be hormonal and, thus, treatable.

If your weight gain is hormonal, hormonal therapy may be a good fit. By adjusting the hormones in your body, the symptoms of menopause may decrease. Even independent research agrees that hormonal therapy may help with menopause-related weight gain, fat mass, insulin sensitivity, and type-2 diabetes. However, not all hormonal therapies are created equal. The best fit depends not just on your body, but also on the treatment itself.

Using BHRT pellets is the safe option that usually works the best. Unlike pills and patches, BHRT pellets use the same hormones in your body, which prevents your hormones from fluctuating. In fact, pellets are the only type of BHRT that keep your hormone levels constant for months at a time. Even the critics can’t disagree. A review of more than 30 studies reveals that BHRT that avoids the digestive system can create hormone levels up to ten times higher than pills in some cases.

Of course, BHRT is not right for everyone. Patients should always talk to a doctor in depth about hormonal therapy. Medical history and lifestyle are very important considerations. However, if you experience other symptoms of menopause or andropause, such as decrease in muscle mass and hot flashes, that extra belly fat may be hormonal, and treatable with BHRT.

Consider taking this hormone self-assessment quiz to see if BHRT is right for you and your body. Don’t take the quiz as medical advice, and talk to your doctor about any menopause concerns.

Do you know how BHRT could help with perimenopause and menopause? Read Tutera’s guide to the benefits of BHRT and consider reaching out to Tutera Medical for BHRT needs.


North Valley Magazine (Aug. 2020) – She Makes Her Featuring CarolAnn Tutera

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Born Leaders – Women in Healthcare

Born Leaders

The number of ‘women running healthcare companies in Arizonia grows as they bury archaic stereotype.

CAROLANN TUTERA, owner and CEO SottoPelle & Tutera Medical LEADERSHIP: “You need to be compassionate with your employees. You need a vision that they follow, you need to be effective in communicating with them and you need an open-door policy with them”

Business News | 17 Sep |

There are many layers that make up a woman. She is a daughter, a wife, a sister, a mother, a grandmother and a niece. She can be the breadwinner, the caretaker, or even both. But now, she is also a leader.

Women are the main decision makers for their families when it comes to healthcare and they make up the greater half of the industry’s workforce. As of 2017, 50.7 percent of new medical school enrollees were women, exceeding the percentage of men for the first time, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Even so, only 26 percent of all executive positions in healthcare are filled by women, despite their overwhelming presence in the field.

But Arizona women have made considerable ground in closing the gap. Some women say that the medical field has become less of a male-lead workforce and more as an equal-opportunity field.

“Over time, women have had the ability to achieve executive leadership positions by the nature of applying some academic learning as well as life experience, and bringing that to the organization and applying a leadership that is different,” says Sharon Lind, CEO of Banner Ironwood Medical Center and Banner Goldfield Medical Center.

Banner Health is a trailblazer, with eight if its 14 Arizona-based CEOs being women. Healthcare brands like Red Mountain Weight Loss and SottoPelle are also headed by female founders and CEOs.

“I think women tend to be nurturers, so that runs well with careers in healthcare,” says Dr. Suzanne Bentz, the medical director and owner of Red Mountain Weight Loss. “That being said, there’s a lot of barriers to women in healthcare.”

Those barriers include stereotypes that physicians, leaders, executives and CEOs in healthcare are traditionally men, Bentz says.

Bentz adds that despite these “hard-fought stereotypes, women are excelling and succeeding.”

Some women procure the position as the original founder and visionary of the company, while others work their way to the top, starting out low on the totem pole and building up to CEO. But all of them show the power of the next generation of women.   

Attraction to field

The healthcare field has many moving parts that interlock at its core mission: healing people. But the complex, opportunist field is not for the faint of heart.

For clinicians, nurses and executives alike, no two paths to a career in healthcare look exactly alike.

Kim Post, HonorHealth’s CEO for the Hospitals Division and chief clinical officer, was introduced to the medical field at an early age due to her younger sister’s chronic illness. She traveled with her mother to see the pediatricians, physical therapists and speech therapists who treated her.

“It just became very comfortable to me,” she says. “My mom worked in hospitals all of her life and it just became a natural path for me.”

Initially setting her sights on becoming a physical therapist, Post decided last minute to go into nursing because it would afford her more time with her patients, a decision she says she has never regretted.

Her experience as a nurse and frequent weekly visits to hospitals as CEO gives her an insight she may not have had otherwise, understanding how her decisions ultimately affect her patients.

Dr. Traci Pritchard, the current president of the Arizona Medical Association and a radiologist, discovered her love for the fast-paced hospital atmosphere while she was studying to go into finance. During her studies, she worked at a hospital in the evenings to earn money and felt a rush of energy every time she stepped foot inside.

Understanding that a desk job wouldn’t satisfy her and intrigued by the doctors she worked with, she switched her major to pre-med and later got accepted into medical school.

“It wouldn’t sustain me forever,” she says, regarding her business and finance studies. “I knew I wanted to get involved in something deeper and more intellectual.”

For Judy Rich, the president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center, her decision to become a nurse came with the passing of her father only three days after her high school graduation. But her love for people married well with the decision.

“I don’t think I would have chosen nursing if I didn’t already have a passion and a personality to want to help people,” Rich says, adding, “It wasn’t a complicated thing for me. I didn’t think about it long and hard.”

But like other women in her position, Rich experienced the pull of being a mother and working woman and the nagging doubts that came with it. A single mother, Rich worked as a nurse at night after her children were asleep to make ends meet. Working and taking care of her children came with what she called a “series of tradeoffs,” but she never underestimated the power of showing up; a sentiment that has turned into her motto.

Dr. Bentz initially received her degree in nutrition as both a part of an interest in health and a passion for people struggling with their weight.

“As a young child, I suffered from childhood obesity, so that had an impact on me,” Bentz says. “I think out of that pain, I created my passion for helping people come back.”

Realizing that she wanted to do more for the community, she went to medical school and entered the medical field more than 25 years ago and ultimately founded Red Mountain Weight Loss several years later.

Lind, who holds a master’s degree in business administration, made her break into the field after spending time as a financial officer in retail.

“Healthcare, for me, provided more complexity,” she says. “It’s ever-changing and the complexity is very fascinating to me, so I embrace the opportunity to be in an organization that’s influencing healthcare.”

Her interest in the growing field and her passion for helping people segued into an extensive history of executive leadership in healthcare, overseeing multiple hospitals across the United States in her career.

Qualities of leadership

Many industry trailblazers hope having strong, dedicated women healthcare leaders and role models will inspire the next generation of women to follow in their footsteps.

Each woman leader in healthcare describes qualities that she hopes to have, and most say that leaders are patient, humble, fearless, transparent and compassionate. All of these tie into the hard part of being a leader: making the tough decisions, taking risks and providing a vision for the future.

For several women healthcare leaders, their leadership meant making big changes, like completely reworking the hospital’s budget and bringing stakeholders to the table to agree on their new approach to patient care; a feat easier said than done.

“I think the No. 1 quality for me has always been honesty and integrity and a certain transparency,” Rich says, emphasizing a need to be open to change, criticism and new opportunities.

Since one’s health is such a personal, delicate thing, having these qualities and leading in this way makes the hospital run much smoother for both the patients and staff. Showing the patients the human behind the executive’s desk with transparency and unabashed vulnerability is what makes a hospital like Rich’s run so efficiently.

Another unique, but crucial, quality is being a team player and not just a coach. Lind gives her team members the platform to provide their thoughts on the hospital’s vision, saying that their thoughts and opinions shape the entire hospital. She also emphasizes the importance of explaining the reason behind each decision to her team.

“I have a strong belief that we’re in it for a higher purpose and to enrich the lives of others,” she says. “When you share that leadership fingerprint with others, they get an opportunity to know me in a deeper way.”

Future leaders

For women looking to break into the medical field and procure leadership roles, it may seem like an impossible feat. But with a little guidance from the experts, it doesn’t seem so impossible. In fact, all of the women in leadership positions now had a role model within the healthcare field who served as a catalyst in their path to leadership.

Dr. Pritchard advises women to understand and acknowledge their professional currency and value to a company early on, citing the fact that women often undervalue their worth as employees.

“Early on, take the risk and put yourself in the position where you’re willing to risk your job if you demand being valued,” she says. “The sooner you start doing that at a younger age, the more your professional currency goes up.”

As an ever-evolving field, healthcare keeps its workers on their toes, so being open to ambiguity and accepting of change is important; a skill that both Post and Lind says was important to have.

At the same time, Post also recommends working in the present and leaving no task unfinished.

“You should always set your sights on doing a really good job in the role you’re in before you want to move on,” Post says. “You can’t leave a mess behind you.”

A diligent work ethic such as she describes helped build a solid reputation for Post within HonorHealth, who joined as a staff nurse and steadily climbed the ladder to her executive leadership role. With healthcare always evolving, remaining consistent and reliable will leave an impact on people.

“In general, women have to remain confident, surround themselves with supportive role models and keep reaching for that ceiling,” Dr. Bentz says. “Training, education and persistence are what it’s all about, and a belief in yourself.

“And then, of course, passion,” she continues. “You’ve got to be passionate about what you’re doing. It’s my passion that drives everything that I do.”

Advice from the top

Peggy Chase, president and CEO, Terros Health

Advice: “Look for things beyond what you currently do. See where your interests are. What is it that you think that you’re good at? Where are areas where you want to expand?”

Heather Chowaniec Brummett, president and owner, Balanced Physical Therapy

Advice: “Realize that you will be a business owner, wife, mother, daughter and homemaker all in one. It’s challenging, but with the right spouse and supportive family, it is possible.”

Anne-Marie Feyrer-Melk, MD, Optimal Heart & Stroke Prevention Center Center

Motivation: “I have always likened the draw to become a physician as a noble and true calling, worthy of a lifetime of learning and of effort, worthy of patients who bare their bodies, hearts and souls to you as precious.”

Debbie Flores, CEO, Banner Health Del E. Webb Medical Center and Boswell Medical Center

Motivation: “I went into human resources because I am very much a people person and healthcare is very much a people industry. What we do is touch lives and take care of patients, so I think it was a good fit for me.”

Kelly Helms, MD, Arizona Women’s Care

Advice: “I think patients and peers appreciate a doctor that can speak the truth, whether it is good or bad news. This helps build trust and respect between all parties.”

Pam Kehaly, president and CEO , Blue Cross Blue Shield, of Arizona

Leadership: “I believe in leadership by example. That means in every aspect of your life – professional, personal, social – you strive every day to live the values that you believe in. The way we lead our lives is a powerful statement to others.”

Cynthia Price, MD, SkinScience

Motivation: “Being a physician is truly the highest honor. As science is an ever-changing field, you get to continually learn and expand your knowledge base.”

Laura Robertson, CEO , Banner Health Desert Medical Center and Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Advice: “I like to tell people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Be courageous. Try something different.’ Those new experiences and new roles will only increase your knowledge and your experience. Try different things, be courageous and also lead change.”

Carolann Tutera, owner and CEO, SottoPelle

Leadership: “You need to be compassionate with your employees. You need a vision that they follow, you need to be effective in communicating with them and you need an open-door policy with them.”

Anne Walter, MD, Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists

Advice: “You must enjoy what you are doing. Healthcare is an extremely important field, but it can also be stressful at times. Don’t underestimate your contribution to your patients and their families.”


CarolAnn Tutera Guest Host on 99.9KEZ

CarolAnn Tutera will be the guest host for two hours on 11/24 on 99.9KEZ The Holiday Station helping to bring in this season with health and holiday spirit!!

Listen in and enjoy the beautiful music and CarolAnn talk about hormonal balance.



Authentic Aging

Get Involved with educating and eradicating misconceptions about aging.

SottoPelle Therapy has and is dedicated to helping people find balance in their life. Hormonal balance is a critical and foundational component of healthy aging but there are many other aspects for aging gracefully. Our newest website – SottoPelle Lifestyle supports our mission to educate, entertain, and eradicate misconceptions about aging while highlighting various influencers that support the values of authentic aging and a healthy lifestyle. We hope you find the site interesting with informative programs that support the improvement of health and well being of aging adults.  On the site, you will see some of our influencers with advice on fitness, nutrition, care-giving, style and more. Our own authentic aging ambassador and influencer CarolAnn Tutera will be hosting a podcast to discuss important topics to nurture a balanced and healthy lifestyle. One such example of an interesting program is the NYU Aging Incubator.

“The percentage of the world population aged 65 or over is expected to double by 2050. This presents enormous challenges to: health care, the labor force, and the financial health of key institutions, amongst others. The NYU Aging Incubator was established in 2016-17 as a university-wide initiative bringing together faculty and students from across the University from all disciplines who are involved in the study of aging and its impacts. It is hoped that the NYU Aging Incubator will be the resource for the NYU community to find information on research, educational activities, events, and services for the aging community and provide support for the development of innovative and interdisciplinary research, policy and educational endeavors, to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

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The headlines are everywhere: 60 is the New Sexy, 50 is the New 30, 70 is the New 50. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out everyone wants to feel sexy and attractive. But society has been telling women for…well, forever, that after 35 or maybe 40, we’re no longer worthy of attention. After 50, we are most definitely on the proverbial shelf. Not even a decent shelf. I’m talking about the shelf at the back of the pantry where things like that 5-year old can of cranberry sauce sit covered in dust.

That was Then

Think of our mothers’ generation. The majority were housewives and they didn’t have a lot of acceptable options for turning back the hands of time, or at least trying to. In 1956, Clairol introduced at-home hair color with a brilliant campaign, “Does she or doesn’t she?” The Miss Clairol product made it possible for women to use that evasive “only my hairdresser knows for sure,” to avoid divulging the secret that they used hair color to craft an appealing public self. If a woman went so far as to have an actual face lift, she disappeared for two weeks to a “spa vacation” and returned with tightened skin that was explained away as being the result of simple rest and relaxation.

This is Now

At times it can feel as though, if you aren’t doing something to rejuvenate your appearance, you are in the minority. No longer do women trudge off uncomplainingly into a twilight of sensible shoes and elasticized waist bands, awaiting the grim reaper – who just happens to be the only one who still invites them to his parties. We do not accept being labeled as unattractive or uninteresting, and we certainly will not smile while being undervalued.

Women over 50 make no bones about the effort they put into looking sexy and attractive, or the procedures they undergo to put mother nature in her place. Some even share before and after photos on Instagram. Even I posted a photo of myself with layers of foil folded into my hair. My mother would kill me if she knew I shared my highlights with the world.

I noticed a while back that friends of mine were showing up at happy hour with impossibly long, beautiful lashes. Since I never notice things like this, I knew something was up. They filled me in on the eyelash extension trend and I have since been paying attention. They are everywhere and on women of all ages who are willing and able to invest in the once or twice a month ritual. If you look in the mirror and wonder what you can do about looking so exhausted, washed out, or just blah, eyelash extensions are a real confidence booster. Don’t want to commit to extensions? Try these tips.

Bold eyebrows have also become the thing for women of all ages. Where the 90s was about “the thinner the eyebrow the better,” (which I always thought looked dreadful), now, full brows are springing up all over. Not Frida Kahlo, but close. Gels, pencils, tints or professional coloring all can be used to help fight the fading, thinning and graying of brows for those who want to regain that definition that frames your eyes and makes you feel sexy and attractive.

Our Minds and Bodies

The women I know polish their hands, feet, bodies and faces. They whiten their teeth and apply spray or self tanner regularly. They purchase sexy lingerie and are confident enough to assess the latest fashion trends and apply only what works for them. No more going whole hog into something just because a designer or magazine tells them they must. (I’m looking at you, embroidered bomber jacket.)

Women “of a certain age” are savvy enough to know there is more truth than fiction to the saying made famous by Billy Crystal’s Fernando Lamas character – “It is better to look good than to feel good.” There is a power that comes with physical confidence. We know now that there are more benefits to spending time at the gym than just checking that box for our doctor – or checking out that cute guy on the stair stepper. It goes beyond physical health and speaks to our mental wellness.

A Return to Sexy

With the understanding that exercise in the form of cardio, weights and yoga can keep us not only healthier, but feeling and looking better, we are miles ahead of where we once were. Add to those benefits a plethora of available treatments, including hormone replacement therapy, vaginal rejuvenation, and personal lubricants that greatly reduce the postmenopausal issues that once signaled the end of fun in the bedroom.

Many empty nesters have found a return to playful affection and sensuality. Where it was once challenging to be in the mood after the requirements that a job and family placed on you day-in and day-out; sharing some quiet space without interruptions, listening to music and actually talking to each other again has resulted in a significant boon in the romance department.

There are multiple online dating services that cater to mature adults. I know women who are juggling more dating partners now than they did in their 20s – and enjoying every minute of it. At this point in life, smart women know what they want from a partner – in bed and out, and they aren’t interested in compromising.

I suppose the lesson from all this is –

Yes, high heels and high cheekbones are sexy and attractive, as is unblemished skin.

But, so is self-confidence, a healthy body, a good set of lingerie, and knowing how to use it.


Los resultados derivados del estudio WHI (Woman Health Initiative), llevado a cabo en EE.UU. y publicados en 2002, desataron una verdadera tormenta sobre el colectivo de mujeres en edad de menopausia en todo el mundo. Numerosas revisiones y estudios posteriores revelaron el sesgo e inexactitud de dichos resultados. No obstante, estas rectificaciones o acotaciones realizadas sobre el propio estudio, así como la revisión sistemática de todos los ensayos clínicos aleatorizados y estudios epidemiológicos relacionados con la TH y publicados en los últimos tres años, nunca han recibido la atención de los grandes medios de comunicación.
En consecuencia, en la mente del gran público, persisten las asociaciones equívocas y catastrofistas que acapararon grandilocuentes titulares. Y eso, a pesar del esfuerzo llevado a cabo durante más de quince años por parte de los principales organismos de salud relacionados con la Ginecología. Un ejemplo de ello lo tenemos en los repetidos manifiestos que se han hecho desde la Sociedad Internacional para la Menopausia (IMS) de la mano de la Sociedad Norte Americana de Menopausia (NAMS), primero en 2008 y con mayor amplitud en 2013. Seguidos, evidentemente, por los organismos nacionales, quienes como puede leerse a continuación, se adhirieron completamente mediante el siguiente manifiesto:
“La Asociación Española para el Estudio de la Menopausia (AEEM) y la Sociedad Española de Ginecología y Obstetricia (SEGO) han alcanzado un Consenso sobre el uso de la Terapia Hormonal (TH) de la Menopausia en la actualidad, que establece que este tratamiento es el más eficaz para los síntomas de la menopausia. Un grupo de expertos de ambas instituciones han llevado a cabo una revisión sistemática de todos los ensayos clínicos aleatorizados y estudios epidemiológicos relacionados con la TH y publicados en los últimos tres años. De este análisis se ha extraído que, aunque existan terapias alternativas, la terapia hormonal es la más eficaz y eficiente.”
NP Consenso AEEM y SEGO. Madrid, 26 de abril de 2018.
Los resultados de esos repetidos mensajes en favor de un uso científico y racional de la Terapia Hormonal, ha tenido diferentes resultados en Europa. Así, aunque el rechazo a estos tratamientos se produjo a nivel global, el Dr. Sánchez Borrego, presidente de la Fundación Española para el Estudio de la Menopausia (FEEM), asegura que en otros países se usa mucho más que en España. Mientras que en nuestro país no llega al 1% de las mujeres con síntomas de menopausia, en Alemania o los países nórdicos, la reciben hasta el 13 %, en Francia el porcentaje es algo inferior (12%) y en Portugal o Italia está en torno al 7-8 por ciento.
En España subsiste pues, en la actualidad, un problema de desinformación muy generalizado explica la doctora María Jesús Cancelo, secretaria de la SEGO: “Las falsas creencias y los tabúes entre las mujeres han llevado a una hormonofobia en nuestro país. Incluso entre los propios especialistas, que en los últimos años han ido abandonando la información y el asesoramiento sobre la TH, ante la negativa de sus pacientes a utilizarlo”.
Volviendo al estudio WHI, es importante destacar que en él se utilizó una combinación de estrógenos conjugados equinos más acetato de medroxiprogesterona, la combinación hormonal más usada en Estados Unidos por aquella época. Esas hormonas no eran hormonas humanas, fueron estrógenos de yegua embarazada y acetato de medroxiprogesterona. Ninguna de ellas tienen la misma composición molecular que el estradiol y la progesterona humana.
Estudios posteriores determinaron que el incremento del cáncer de mama se produjo por el acetato de medroxiprogesterona y que el incremento de los eventos cardiovasculares se debió a una selección errónea de las participantes del estudio. Mujeres de una edad media de 63 años (llevaban unos 10 años en menopausia) que no habían sido tratadas previamente con THS y a las que no se les evaluó su estado de salud cardiovascular previo. El incremento de dichas patologías no se ha experimentado cuando el tratamiento se realiza con las hormonas naturales de la mujer.
En este sentido, en EE.UU. se empezó a desarrollar hace ya muchos años un tipo de terapia hormonal, en cuál las moléculas que se utilizan son idénticas a las que produce el ser humano. De esta manera el organismo las reconoce como propias. A esa terapia se la reconoce como Terapia Hormonal Bioidéntica (BHRT).
El incremento de la esperanza de vida en países desarrollados durante el último siglo ha crecido en casi treinta años. Hoy podría decirse que la mujer vive más años sin la regla que con ella. El declive hormonal que comporta la menopausia se asocia a una serie de síntomas como la falta de vitalidad y energía, aumento del tejido graso subcutáneo y visceral, disminución de la masa muscular, disminución de las capacidades físicas y cognitivas, disminución de la función sexual y la libido, sequedad vaginal, piel y cabello finos y frágiles, cambios de humor, incluso depresión, dificultad para conciliar el sueño, sueño no reparador…
Va siendo hora de revisar falsos mitos y desterrar la hormonofobia.
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