Mood Swings

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I was contacted recently by the makers of a brain supplement called “Happy • Calm • Focused” also known as HCF.  They asked me if they could send a free bottle for me to try in return for giving an honest Amazon review.

I receive more free products than you can imagine.  I am contacted nearly every day with offers to try this product, that product, or this supplement or that supplement.  And I’m certain that you ladies know what I mean.  Perimenopausal women are the demographic du jour when it comes to hawking products to relieve us of our hormonal misery.

Most of the time I turn people down.  Because I take bioidentical progesterone and the occasional bioidentical estrogen, I just don’t like to monkey around with this product or that product.  Plus, I’m not too keen on loading up on pills and supplements when I think food is a much better alternative to deficiency.

But, for reasons that I cannot really explain, I agreed to receive the product and give it a try.

The first thing I liked about the product is that it is all natural.  It is a non-GMO product which is gluten free, preservative free, fragrance free, with no chemicals, chemical coatings, yeast, dairy, nuts or wheat.

So what’s in it then?

  • A special proprietary Amino Acid blend of DL-Phenylalanine and L-Glutamine
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamine E
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, & B6
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B5
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Chromium

I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that I was interested in it because I struggle like crazy with brain fog and short-term memory issues.  I also struggle with HIGH ANXIETY due almost entirely to stress from graduate school and a never ending battle with a jerk-off ex-husband (he’s sooooooooo charming).

Lately I’ve also been having a tough time with waking up inn the middle of the night and just not sleeping well, though I take 200 mgs nightly of bioidentical progesterone for sleep (and it does help).  I am convinced it is because of my stress level.  But, regardless of the source, I need some relief.  So, all things considered I decided to give it a try.

The directions say to take it on an empty stomach with a glass of water before breakfast for maximum absorption.  So, I did.  Approximately 15 to 20 minutes later I noticed a remarkable difference in how I felt – like GOOD.

I felt more alert and clear minded immediately.  Now, this is just the first day, I know.  So, I’m certain I’ll have more to say about the product after I use it for about a month.  I have a 90-day supply, so I should be able to tell if this is really working and helping me or not.

However, because I felt so good immediately, I wanted to tell you guys about it now.  You can check out their website here   where you can purchase the product from them, or plug in your zip code to locate a store near you.  There are none in my neck of the woods. Which is fine with me, because I prefer online shopping and you can also buy here at Amazon as well.    Yea for me.


Like I said, I realize that using a product for one day is not sufficient time to make a final judgement and give a good review. So, I’ll write up another review after I’ve used it for 30-days.

So far, the thing that I like about it the most is that it’s non-GMO, and that it’s full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and neurotransmitters, and with my shift toward “Food as Medicine” in treating perimenopause symptoms, I’m definitely all about finding non-drug solutions to perimenopause symptoms.  So, this might be an excellent product for me to recommend.

If you’re interested in giving it a try before I do my final review, you can go here to their website or you can go here to Amazon. There are also lots of great reviews there too.

I’ll keep ya’ll posted!


Hormone Imbalance? Oh, Honey, You’re Just Crazy!

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I ran across an article last year at the online publication The UK Daily Mail entitled, “Women with extreme PMS will now be deemed ‘mentally ill’ following controversial revision of health manual.” The health manual cited in the article is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the American Psychiatric Association. The “extreme PMS” […]

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Hot Flashes & Stress in Perimenopause? Breathe Deep with Zenytime!

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If you’re looking for alternatives to hormone therapy to treat your symptoms of perimenopause, today’s sponsored post will be of great interest to you!   Read on to learn about an exciting new App for your phone which will help you manage hot flashes and stress during perimenopause!   “If you practice deep breathing exercises […]

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Are Lab Tests Accurate in Testing for Perimenopause?

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In Western medicine lab work is king. Blood work can tell you if you’re pregnant or if you’re not. You can determine if you’re diabetic or have kidney disease. If you have an infection, a high white blood cell count will tell all. And if law enforcement authorities want to determine if you are legally drunk, blood-alcohol levels can also send […]

August 11, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

I Have a Tendency to Neglect Myself

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Do you? I haven’t written as regularly as I’ve wanted to for quite some time now.  A very long time, truthfully. It is primarily because I have been grieving.  Oh, how I have been grieving – the loss of my father, then my divorce, then the loss of my mother. I know we all face loss […]

June 17, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Menopause is a Fact of Life, Treatment Options are a Choice

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It doesn’t matter where a woman lives. It doesn’t matter what language she speaks or how she spends her day. Menopause is a fact of her life. Every day, in the U.S. alone 6,000 women begin this mid-life adventure with hot flashes, a sudden mood swings, painful vaginal dryness, night sweats, and restless sleeping patterns. […]

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Menopause, Marriage, & The Male Brain

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Dr. Louann Brizendine is a doctor of psychiatry and neurobiology.  She is the founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco, California. She is also the author of the books The Female Brain and The Male Brain.   I have referenced  The Female Brain  here many times, because in my opinion, it is one […]

March 5, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Why do I feel like I’m Going Crazy in Perimenopause?

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It is the most common thing I hear from women regarding perimenopause. “I feel like I’m going crazy! What is wrong with me?” And there are a variety of reasons why women might feel this way too. Personally, I think the primary reason is the simple “craziness” of perimenopause in general. The wacky mood swings, […]


Why Diet & Exercise is Important in Perimenopause

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I am always reluctant to discuss the topic of diet and exercise in menopause. Not because I don’t think it’s important.  But because it’s spoken of so often as a remedy for pretty much everything which ails us, I think we tune it out. I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m guilty of it. But […]

June 26, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

What Causes Depression in Perimenopause?

Depression in perimenopause is the blogging topic for March here at The Perimenopause Blog. I hope my writing extensively on these topics for an entire month is helpful for you. As I’ve said previously, the typical 500-600 word blog post just doesn’t lend itself to a thorough discussion on a particular topic in my view. Hence, my decision […]

March 4, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

The Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone in Perimenopause

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Today’s post is a sponsored post by Dr. Wade Huey, a Houston based physician for Body LogicMD.  Dr. Huey specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  Please find his bio at the end of the post. Perimenopause is the difficult time when hormones start to decline, but they are not quite low enough for a woman […]

August 20, 2012 CONTINUE READING →

Antidepressants for Perimenopause?

The medical pendulum continues to swing back and forth when it comes to treating symptoms of perimenopause. Prior to the release of the Women’s Health Initiative in 2001, women were taking copious amounts of synthetic estrogen and progesterone for their symptoms. Today, because of the study, more is known about the deleterious effects of too […]


Screaming to Be Heard – Your Brain, Hormones & Those Moody Blues

Mothers fortunate enough to have both male and female children were validated when scientists and medical researchers, after a decades long debate between nature and nurture as it relates to gender roles, revealed what they had known all along – that indeed boys and girls are different. Doctors and scientists finally admitted that men and women are biologically different […]

October 18, 2009 CONTINUE READING →

Roses are red, Violets are blue and Sometimes So am I

I stopped in over at Feisty Side of Fifty to see what Eileen was up to and linked over to another blog to listen to an interview she did regarding menopause.  It was interesting and of course fun to hear her voice since we’ve only “chatted” via the Internet. I appreciate Eileen’s point of view.  […]

June 30, 2008 CONTINUE READING →

Perimenopause: Yes, it’s Real and No, You’re Not Going Crazy!

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Feel better?  I could have used someone telling me that about 10 years ago when I walked right into one of the fiercest hormonal battles of my life. First of all, I had never heard of peri-anything.  Menopause?  Yeah.  I had heard of that.  My mom called it “the change,” and I knew that sooner […]

March 22, 2008 CONTINUE READING →