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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 (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I think this book is three times longer than it needs to be. What really pissed me off was that its did not attempt to teach readers without a scientific background about the increased importance of the adrenal glands and the decreased importance of the sex organs in sex hormone production during the change. I used to have the most awful hot flashes and night sweats with sleepless nights -- and it was all diet-related. I went on a carb fast eating only fats and proteins to knock out the addiction to junky carbs (sugars, starches, wheat/gluten). In three days the hot flashes and night sweats were gone and I began sleeping like a baby again. Now I'm slowly adding high-quality carbs back into my diet: leafy greens, vegetables, low-glycemic index fruits, while avoiding wheat and I am okay now. A low carb, high nutrient diet supports the adrenal glands and progesterone production to correctly balance estrogen and prevent inflammation leading to body and joint pain.

E does not emphasize the important role of diet to relieve symptoms and I think that it does a disservice to lead women to believe that they cannot control hot flashes/night sweats without outside intervention (HRT, acupuncture, etc.)
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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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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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