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Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness Hardcover – January 18, 2011

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Penned with her son, Jack Dolgen, the authors arrive with an entertaining and informative account of the surprises that await the woman reaching menopause. While many writers approach the topic with reservations, or don't approach it at all, E uses word creation, substitutions, and abbreviations to add a fun factor to the sticky, often embarrassing terms. Not only does E keep the book free of filler but she also includes the practical information about menopause that many women will want to know, including instances of depression and sleeplessness, and practical advice on the importance of getting a thyroid checkup and hormone level testing. Pocked with footnotes, charts, a mini dictionary, and further reading advice, E approaches her subject like the enthusiastic leader of a self-help seminar. And anecdotes sharing the disparate menopausal experiences of E's friends and acquaintances add to the book's charm. E tackles her topic with grace, humor, and a youthful but knowledgeable attitude. By intertwining guidance and jest, she's created an unexpected page-turner.
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About the Author

"E" is the pen name of Ellen Sarver Dolgen, who wrote Shmirshky in collaboration with her son, the writer, musician and entrepreneur Jack Dolgen. Ellen was the National Deputy Treasurer of the Carter-Mondale re-election campaign; was a member of Berman and Associates, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm and served as National Finance Coordinator for U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson's 1976 bid for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Ellen has continued her lifelong commitment to health and wellness through board representation, event organization, and fundraising, most recently for the Obama campaign. In May she was invited to The First Lady's Mother's Day Tea at the White House, where Michelle Obama said she needed a copy of the book now, and served on the Host Committee for DNC Women's Leadership Forum. Ellen is a founding member of Fresh Start Women's Foundation and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
Jack Dolgen is a writer, musician and creative entrepreneur who lives in LA. While Ellen Dolgen is the charismatic, relatable spokesperson for Shmirshky, she and Jack are a memorably funny duo and backstory to the book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Dolgen is a Health and Wellness Advocate, Menopause Awareness Expert, Author, Speaker, and Health Blogger.

Ellen is the author of Shmirshky: The Pursuit of Hormone Happiness -- a cut-to-the-chase book on perimenopause and menopause that's filled with crucial information, helpful guides, and hilarious and heartfelt stories. Known for her humor, compassion, and sassy personality, Ellen has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, including: the Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, Oprah Radio, Playboy Radio, "Tell Me More" on NPR, Doctor Radio, and dozens of other regional and national media outlets. Ellen is a frequent guest on the popular radio show, "Broadminded," on Sirius XM Radio (Stars XM 107) and is a regular contributor on Huff/Post 50 along with blogging for many leading women's health sites. Ellen has dedicated herself to women's wellness through a wide breadth of activities ranging from being a founding board member of the UCSD Student Wellness Center, working with pharmaceutical companies in helping them to effectively address women's health needs, serving on hospital advisory boards, and advocating for cardiovascular health.

Ellen's motto is: Reaching out is IN! Suffering in silence is OUT!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The very first thing I wanted to know when I opened this book is what is Shmirshky. Well, it is Dolgen's nickname for a woman's privates. We all have nicknames but Shmirshky is not just a name but a symbol or representation of all women who are experiencing menopause. Everything you would ever want to know about menopause is in this book. It was very thought provoking and educational for me to read this. I didn't know what was happening to me and Dolgen covers every aspect of the symptoms, how to deal with them and how to get the right medication for treatment. She gives advice on how to find the right doctor to help you get through PM&M, her fond term for menopause.

Women have to understand they are not alone. Dolgen shares experiences of her own as well as many other women she has interviewed and asked very delicate questions. She brings about a sisterhood by informing the reader of what changes to expect and how to get your family involved and becoming supportive. After all, they will be going through this with you. The reader will be able to ask for help and talk with family members about PM&M. Husbands and children will benefit from reading Shmirshky as well. No longer do women have to hide in shame. This book shines a light on the many changes a woman can go through experiencing PM&M.

Dolgen has introduced a whole new vocabulary of acronyms for the women, men and family members. In the back of the book she offers definitions of medical terms as well as all of the acronyms she uses through out the book. Readers will find a hormone therapy menu, hormone brands, website resources, a daily symptom chart and a journal. Everything a woman needs to get through this process that none of us will be able to escape.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By barbarabcoronado on January 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read several books in the past on the subject of Menopause. They were all very technical and hundreds of pages long. Shmirshky is a fun, fast, witty read chocked full of solid advice and resources. The best part is that the men in your life find Shmirshky interesting and helpful in understanding what we are going through during our pursuit of hormone happiness!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra C. Allen on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As I read Shmirshky all I could do was smile and nod my head. I repeatedly found my own experiences being described - and the best part was, the book was fun to read.

Although this little book covers a very serious topic it is done in a way that can make you laugh at yourself. Important messages are shared in an interesting way. It's a book every woman should read.

Debbie Allen
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Brown on March 26, 2011
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I thought I was losing my mind before I read this book!! I had known 'somthing' was 'wrong' with me about for about the past year, but unfortunatly when I brought it up with my doctor (at the time!) "Could I be starting PM?" She would always say- "No, your too young." End of subject. I- like others felt dismissed! I usually am VERY proactive in my health care and am 'in tune' with my body! But when you don't know anything about PM&M (and don't have anyone close to talk to) and the doctor your "supposed" to trust tells you "NO"- what else are you going to do? Well what most of us do! It's 2011- I got on the computer! Boy was I very lucky this book (and website) were one of the first links I clicked on. I read the book in one day (and am reading it again!) and FINALLY found myself saying out loud (literally!) things like: "yes!" "is THAT why that happens?" and my favorite- "oh, I'm NOT the only one!" Finally I had so many questions and things I never knew that were happening to me/my mind/body and soul were being answered. Also- I love that there are many things to reference to in the back of the book. I would recommend this book to 'first timers' (like me) and anyone else close to you that might be wondering "what the heck is wrong with her?!?" Also (very important) I was recently diagnosed with a Tyroid condition (which I am needing a biopsy for) to make sure it's not cancerous- and felt 'relieved' she talks about (her) Thyroid conditions (and others') as well. It covers more than one would think. It's very easy to read & 'user friendly'- which is a sigh of relief when we find ourselves not remembering what day it is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on September 20, 2011
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This book is very different from the typical book about menopause. It will have you laughing out loud while you read about a subject that many women tend to sweep under the rug.
A "shmirshky" is a playful name for a "vagina" and is used for all women who own one. All women both have and are shmirshkies. An "erlick" is a playful term for a "penis" and all men who own one are erlicks.
The author states that she is a shmirshky who has struggled with perimenopause and menopause. "E" states that when you are in menopause, you must think inside the box. That means think about how you feel, listen to your body, and recognize your needs.

The author has done a great deal of research about PM & M (perimenopause and menopause.) She has interviewed hundreds of women and talked to dozens of medical doctors. She provides information about the symptoms of menopause, thyroid conditions, choosing the right physician, medical tests, hormone replacement therapies, sex during/after menopause, acupuncture, weight gain, emotional support and much more. This book briefly discusses the challenges of male menopause and how to recognize the symptoms.

I believe the repeating theme of this book is "You are not alone." The author encourages shmirshkies to reach out to others. Suffering in silence is OUT. Menopause is no longer a taboo subject. It is a normal part of life and shmirshkies should not be afraid to say, "I am having problems and I need your help."

I was very impressed with the detailed information that is available in this book. I was surprised when I found myself smiling, laughing and nodding my head as I read about the experiences of the author. This book will give women hope for a better and healthier future. There are dozens of links to find more information at the end of the book. This is a book that Shmirshkies and Erlicks will find informative and entertaining.
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