Thursday, April 4, 2013

Going Through Life's Changes With Poise


 
 I, along with other select BlogHer bloggers, received this fabulous sample package of Poise products recently to try out and review! It may not be easy to talk publicly about the bodily changes that pre-menopause and menopause bring, but I believe this generation of women has been the most open and intelligent of any prior generations when dealing with the changes their bodies go through in all the stages of life. We can certainly help the younger generations of women by continuing to share our experiences.  Fifty million women across North America are approaching or experiencing menopause and most have an average of five menopausal symptoms, although no two experiences are exactly alike.  The 2013 Product of the Year award-winning Poise Feminine Wellness line was introduced to help women approach life's changes with confidence. The line consists of five products designed to help women feel fresh and stay cool.

The line includes:
 
 

Body Cooling Towelettes that offer an instant cooling sensation. Gently wipe the towelette on wrists, chest, or neck to feel cool and comfortable. Featuring a portable, re-sealable package, these towelettes are easy to use anywhere you go and were my personal favorite of all the products I tried!  If there is one change that I find most uncomfortable, it is having a hot flash. Having these towelettes handy in my purse, to use whenever a need arises has been very gratifying. The cooling sensation they provide lasts a long time and gives me welcome comfort.

Poise also offers a Roll-On Cooling Gel that helps you feel comfortable and refreshed. Squeeze the tube and gently roll the cooling gel on the wrists, chest, or neck for a cooling sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes.  
 
 

The Personal Lubricant provides long-lasting lubrication to enhance your intimate experience. This lubricant features an easy-to-use bottle and is made without Fragrance, Glycerin, or Parabens. I like that it has a non-messy pump applicator, that the gel is clear, not thick or watery, and has no discernible scent...
 
 

Feminine Wash provides daily freshness from odors with a unique formulation that is pH balanced for your intimate area. Glycerin and Paraben free, this gentle wash will help you feel clean and confident.  I found that it lathers nicely and rinses well. It really does work well at reducing feminine body odor.

Poise also sells Panty Fresheners that have a fresh and clean scent that lasts up to four hours. These discreet, hypoallergenic fresheners stick to the outside of your undergarments so you can confidently go about your day.
 
 
My body has been getting a workout lately between shoveling the snow from our home's three-car driveway or walking the winding, uphill trails in our neighborhood. Soon, I will be taking care of my granddaughter when my daughter returns to work in her profession.  It is nice to know there are Poise products that I can rely on to help keep me cool, fresh, and odor-free during my busy days! 
 
 

Poise also gave us samples of three of the LBL (light bladder leakage) pads in their line. These products are designed specifically for LBL and provide discreet and worry-free protection, whenever you need it. They protect against odors, lock wetness away to keep you dry and come in five absorbencies with options for the right fit. Although I don't suffer from LBL, I have friends who do, and I know how uncomfortable they can feel.  I highly recommend the use of these pads to them and I encourage you to try them if you have LBL.


 
Now for a question: “How are you approaching life's changes confidently?” 
 



* In full disclosure I was given Poise products to try and review and I am being compensated by Poise and BlogHerto to write this post. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way by Poise or BlogHer.

123 comments:

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Pat, I think it is a fabulous idea for women to talk about the menopause....pre or post. When my mother was going through the menopause she did not even realise what was happening to her, she said she just didn't feel right and my mother-in-law said the family thought she was having a nervous breakdown,(that show's how little information there was out there in those days).
As you say, because as women, we talk about the menopause it allows younger women to know what is ahead of them. I have discussed the menopause symptoms with my two daughters, just to give them an idea of what to expect.
Thank you for such an interesting post.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Anonymous said...

overall my menopause experience was...basically symptom free. I was blessed I know. I kept waiting for hot flashes and never had even one. other than dryness which over time has resolved and feeling somewhat more irritable than usual I passed through this phase of my life unscathed. however, these Poise products sound quite useful...and I do currently use Poise pads!

Nellie said...

I must say that I daily rely on Poise products at this stage in my life. Thank you for this post, Pat!

Sounds like you are getting a workout without going to the gym.

pam said...

I have never heard of the cooling products, but I do love their pads. I need to track down those towelettes and maybe that gel....just to be ready. I laugh that right now I am having baby warm ups, but who knows what may change. I'm thinking these products would even help on the high humidty/100+ degree weather days we can get in the summer.

Anonymous said...

There's a product called the "chill-o pillow". It is a gel filled heavy duty plastic covered mini-pillow that you slip between your pillow and pillowcase. You activate the gel when you open the product and it remains in a cooled state for 2 years. Its designed to help regulate body temperature overnight and to provide a cooling sensation, but is also great for using at the pool too where everyone feels like they're baking! I've given several as gifts and they are greatly appreciated.

myletterstoemily said...

thank you for sharing these products with us.
women helping women is important through
all stages of life.

Cathy said...

Excellent post, Pat. These products certainly make life more comfortable during menopause. Thanks for sharing this very valuable information.

Robin M. said...

I'm not crazy about all the side effects of getting older... but... its better than the alternative!

peg42 said...

I'm trying to accept these changes by being possitive and accept that this is part of life.
Thanks so much.
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peg42 said...

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Elena said...

I am taking vitamins and evening primrose oil to prevent menopause symptoms

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Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/320271867766243328

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Tamar said...

I wake up every single day excited to tackle a new day and a new challenge.
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Tes283 said...

I have cut my hair to super short. The sweating if less noticable. Cooler. I also have 100% cotton bedsheets, cloths, bras, undies, and socks. Everything I can to stay cool and remain cool. Water poured over my head is nice also....lol.

kellyr78 said...

I am approaching life's changes confidently by staying healthy and positive, by going on nature walks and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

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kellyr78 said...

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Mami2jcn said...

I'm mostly trudging along and accepting each day as it comes. I'm taking vitamins.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/320316041483915265

Stephanie said...

Think still in a bit of shock I went into early menopause. I had thyroid cancer, had surgery and radiation, then on suppression therapy. Apparently can happen but no Dr. ever said it to me. So just when we were talking about having a 2nd child my body quits an dries up — literally. In a sad mode right now but trying to find my way out of it confidently right now.
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Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Pat, I admire you and Poise for this very honest post full of real life's 'realities'! I do use these products and I need not say so with embarassment. I have just turned 58 and have passed through menopause AT LAST. Yet, I now encounter different physical issues that come with age (along with wisdom!!!) that Poise products help me with. I'm a real stickler for personal hygiene "all over our bodies". I didn't write this post for an ad for the company . . . it's just the simple truth.

Have a most lovely weekend Pat,
Roz

diane b said...

Luckily I sailed though the change of life with very few symptoms.

clc408 said...

I've learned through life that all change had positive and negative sides. Happiness comes with focusing on the positive and making the best of things.

clc408 said...

Tweet
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PAIGE said...

I am reading a lot and learning from those who have walked the walk before me.
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Ellie Wright said...

I just started having hot flashes and night sweats about 6 months ago. And migraines, which are terrible. So far I'm just muddling through and hoping this goes by fast. I need to check these Body Cooling Towelettes out.

Ellie Wright said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/320628521343008769

Unknown said...

I am approaching life's changes with some concern, but I am eating right, getting a bit of exercise, really trying to take care of myself, to make the change easier.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

2nd entry tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/320654691769925633
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Unknown said...

By simply rolling with the changes and doing what needs to be done to take care of any problems that come up :)

susan1215 said...

I'm excepting the changes my body is going through hot flashes and all. I'm trying to eat healthier and exercise more often as I get older.

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susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/320701367930978305

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Don't know if I want to win this one! LOL!!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Don't know if I want to win this one! LOL!!!

Unknown said...

I am fine, so far. I had the night sweats 6 years ago and nothing since other than some light incontinence. I just hit 50 so I am sure the rest of menopause should be hitting me any time now. It's about the age my Mom started going through it. I just hope I handle it as gracefully.

Unknown said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/2BeFitBy50/status/320740062205718530

AdriBarr said...

Hi Pat.

When I first saw the Poise products as your page come up, I thought perhaps I had somehow been redirected, or perhaps typed in the wrong info. Then when I saw that I was at the right spot, I thought huh? But once I started reading, I thought well kudos to Pat for being up front about things we all think about. Gosh, can you even imagine our mothera talking about this? to people they had never met? I worked in GYN nursing for over a quarter century prior to an early retirement due to illness. I started my career in 1973, and those poor women who were just beginning menopause suffered in silence and had a terrible time asking for help. I think it is so much better for women today who can face this as just another of life's seasons. We can talk, and yes, laugh about this. Why, a friend of mine had her first hot flash while at the tailor's. She was mortified, but her tailor, a lovely gentleman, immediately recognized what was going on, and put her at ease when he said "Oh, it is nothing. It happens to my wife all the time!" My friend, who until then was on the verge of tears, began to laugh so hard, she had to sit down until she composed herself, by which time, the tailor had left and reappeared with a towel. This was a fun post!

Claudia said...

Enjoyed the post - but must admit - when I had hot flashes - I enjoyed them - because I live in MN!

Denise S. said...

I'm not quite there yet, but I'm trying to lose weight and eat healthier so that it will be easier when the time comes.

DistractedMommy said...

I'm not quite there yet but I will feel confident knowing there will be help out there with these products!!
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DistractedMommy said...

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wigget said...

just trying to stay healthy

Anonymous said...

I try to stay consistent with exercise, and I dress in layers for those days when I'm hotter than usual!
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/321787181670735873

Unknown said...

I'm trying to eat better and work out as much as possible. Sometimes it's so difficult, and things come up, but I'm still trying! I have PCOS so there's already hormonal problems within. You can just do the best you can with what you're dealt.

Unknown said...

i am embracing life's changes confidently because i am happy with my life and where/who i am. whatever happens is fine with me!
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SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I think the heat waves are the most annoying part of this phase of life! I learned to dress in layers so I could remove one (or two). These look like wonderful products to have.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I think the heat waves are the most annoying part of this phase of life! I learned to dress in layers so I could remove one (or two). These look like wonderful products to have.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I mentioned the sweepstakes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/savoringtime/status/322479093922807809

One Frugal Girl said...

I'm not there yet and hopefully won't be for awhile, but I hope to face it the same way I do other big changes in life with a little bit of humor and a lot of love from those around me. onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

One Frugal Girl said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/322533168810950656 onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

By accepting life as it is and looking for positives
Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

JC said...

I keep up with daily exercises and have balanced meals to prepare for life's changes.

JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/322571647968227328

StephanieC said...

with extra sleep and positive affirmations! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

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Melinda said...

I'm approaching them with the knowledge that I've enjoyed life so far, so what if it gets a bit more complicated as I age :)

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Melinda said...

tweeted
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Tina said...

I always tell myself" We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us" stay positive
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/322836929769005056
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amramazon280 said...

by working out regularly and balancing family and work at the same time

amramazon280 said...

https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/323113108786774017

ms-texas said...

life changes are inevitable so all you can do is deal with it and try to do so with a positive outlook!

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rachel said...

I'm trying to lose weight to help with it!

ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/323979609693618176

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Kerry said...

I'm just taking the changes one day at a time and hoping they don't come too quickly.
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Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/324270570814464001
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Annesphamily said...

Like my mother before me, I am relying on God's word to get me thru these years! I do not use any of the medications for hot flashes etc. because the adverse effects they have on us far outweigh the day to day struggles of menopause! I am very grateful for the medical background I have and how I have managed to live without a lot of prescription drugs. You are a gracious hostess.

Unknown said...

I am taking it one day at a time

Suburban prep said...

I seem to be experiencing things and I go to the doctor and she tells me it is part of perimenopause and menopause. I have a few health issues and a lot of stress in my life on top of this so I am trying to cope and take it day by day.

steve weber said...

uhhh... Im a guy so I really don't have any advice I really just want to win :)

Anonymous said...

I view life's changes as learning experiences and you can only grow from there!

Thanks so much for this giveaway.

Monica Meza
monicamezaa@yahoo.com

Aleksandra Nearing said...

As I approach 40, I'm getting more exercise and more calcium in my diet.
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Krazy Kat Freebies said...

I have actually have not started having symptoms of menopause yet, but I am probably getting close to that happening. Although, my mother was in her mid 50's before she went through it. I exercise regularly and take vitamins. I don't have problems with leakage or anything like that, but I have tried the poise pads before and I like them a lot!

Krazy Kat Freebies said...

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Vesta Mason said...

I am approaching life's changes confidently by watching my diet and adding vitamins and supplements. I still have the occasional hot flash and I really want to try the Poise Roll-On Cooling Gel.
Thank you!

Vesta Mason said...

My tweet url is: https://twitter.com/VestaJMason/status/326866561761677312

Unknown said...

Lots of sleep, one moment at a time and with awareness of life's ever changing cycle.

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Unknown said...

Tweeted here

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Anonymous said...

approaching it by trying to eat better and exercise more, tracietrump@yahoo.com

MCantu1019 said...

I'm doing one day at a time and learning what I can about menopause.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

Princess Golden Hair said...

http://millefiorifavoriti.blogspot.com/2013/04/going-through-lifes-changes-with-poise.html

Princess Golden Hair said...

here is my tweetlink

https://twitter.com/thriftymaven/status/327532286721540096

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Cori Westphal said...

I'm trying to stay in the best shape and best health that I can, so I'm ready for any upcoming changes!

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Kim H. said...

Trying to exercise more, eat healthier and stress LESS!

esldiane@gmail.com said...

I'm embracing it with a lot of sweating-lol, but also with a healthy diet and exercising.
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

Janice said...

I’m trying to exercise and take my vitamins daily. I’m really trying to do better and stay healthy since I'm over 40. Lately I’ve been having night sweats.
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Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/328332439615315968
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Unknown said...

I Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/XArea51/status/328334223775764481

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Unknown said...

I just try to take it one day at a time.

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Betty C said...

I was lucky that my menopause symptoms were relatively mild. Now my only remaining issues are bladder control. No one told me that I would have to find a rest room within 30 seconds to avoid an accident. Super absorbent pads are a "must have" when I'm out in public.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

itsrob said...

https://twitter.com/robbyrob15/status/328695058591281152

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/328754576499023873

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one frugal lady said...

I've grown to accept that my body has changed, but it has created so many things!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

kim h said...

Change is going to happen. You should treat your body the best you can and be ready!!

Erica best said...

take vitamin daily and eat a lot better then i did as a teen

Erica best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/328882366695215107

Lisa Garner said...

I'm honestly not very confident with all lifes changes at this time but I try to stay positive and focused and my family and life passions to keep me motivated.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/328945125088698369
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Mary P. said...

I just try to remember that there’s something to be learned from every experience.

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Bridget said...

I am just taking it as it comes. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and love myself as I am.

Bridget said...

I am just taking it as it comes. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and love myself as I am.

LAMusing said...

Due to medications I went through menopause a few years earlier than expected. It was pretty quick and not too bad. Hot flashes were the biggest issue. Vitamins, evening primrose oil and keeping a sense of humor helps!
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/329042084239642625
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laurasloves said...

I am approaching it more confidently by remembering that all of my life has gone through stages. When I get afraid of each one I just remember that I got through the previous ones and can get through this one too. It also helps to remember that my mom always told me that with change comes a new adventure and new chapter to learn all about yourself,
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

Admin said...

i don't love everything about gettig older but i'm embracing the changes
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cman said...

Just go with it.

Admin said...

i just try to eat right and not worry too much...
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Tracey said...

Menopause it not for sissies! I used to think my MIL was crazy when she complained about hot flashes but I don't think they are funny in the least now that I'm sweating my brains out myself.
traymona[at]aol.com

tiacarter said...

I'm taking it one day at a time

angie lilly said...

I am trying to be positive about what life is throwing at me as I age, but it is hard and I am not succeeding in it being done gracefully. I really feel like I have aged so much in the last year that it is down right scarey! I am confident I will survive, but I am not happy about it.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/329276422487154690
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm exercising as much as possible and learning to deal with the fact that not everything is under my control.

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Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/329282204607856640
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Unknown said...

I'm handling it with confidence one day at a time...so far night sweats are my biggest issue

Tabathia B said...

I am not going through menopause yet, but as I get older my body is changing and I have to work twice as hard to stay in shape and I feel like I am trudging along and not quite yet embracing it

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/329291059744083968
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susansmoaks said...

I am embracing the changes and just going with it! Life has it's ups and downs, it's what you do that makes it fun!

slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/329331674309595137

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/\Heather/\ said...

I'm reading a lot, talking to friends and trying to figure out which direction I will go.

/\Heather/\ said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/ilovetoclap/status/329357414472245248

Unknown said...

I excerise regularly and eat a healthy vegetarian diet (for more than 20 years) and i am just taking life as it comes and trusting input from my friends
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Ttrockwood

Unknown said...

As I get older I am eating better and exercising more.
rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Unknown said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/329414926898696193
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