This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sleep Pink from the makers of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.
We women sure do need each other, don’t we?
Our first period. First boyfriend. First real boyfriend. First time. First pregnancy. Pregnancy loss, first birth, another birth, maybe a whole bunch of births. Parenting. Sex. Menopause. Sex after menopause.
As women, there are just so many topics we need to discuss, both good and bad. There isn’t a single topic in the list above that I didn’t have a million questions about, and I am glad that I’ve always had strong, competent women in my life to ask when I needed help or a shoulder to lean on. And no matter how busy life gets, it’s important to hold on to those BFFs who will always be there for you, answering those weird questions, celebrating with you when they can and holding you up when you need it.
I remember the days when my best friends and I used to get together for all night pajama parties, watching MTV and eating junk food. Those days are long gone, but the adult version is still fun to do every once in a while! And since Estroven asked me to host a Sleep Pink Pajama Party to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention, I called up my sister-in-law and mother-in-law and told them to get ready for a girl’s night in!
Sleepovers are hard for us since our families are full of babies and small children right now, but it’s all about the “Pajama Party” spirit, right? (Do you think guys have any idea what that is?)
Since our babies aren’t letting any of us get any sleep anyway, we decided on a NO Sleep Pink Party. But really, the point of the whole thing is to start a dialogue, and any campaign that gets women talking about important issues like health and breast cancer awareness gets a thumbs up from me!
Fizzy pink wine, pink-themed snacks (dye-free, of course) and pedicures were fun, but the best part was the company and conversation. It’s easy to forget how important that is in the midst of raising a family (sort of like taking care of your health.)
I have to admit, being called upon to write about a menopause product shook me a little, especially since my nursling is only 8 months old! But truth be told, I did turn 40 this year, and menopause is something I should know a little more about.
Did you know:
- One third of the total female population of the US has reached menopause (35 million women)¹
- Menopause can be a particularly tumultuous time emotionally.
- Annually in the US, nearly 100,000 women between 45-64 are diagnosed with breast cancer², a large portion of whom are also experiencing menopause³.
I had no idea that many women in this country were menopausal. Given the fact that menopause can ruin your sleep and wreck you emotionally, that’s kind of unnerving! (Should I be scared to leave my house?) Luckily, Estroven Nighttime can help reduce sleeplessness, hot flashes and night sweats, helping women fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed.
With naturally-sourced ingredients like soy isoflavones, melatonin (clinically proven to help you sleep better), and Estroven’s Herbal Sleep & Relaxation Blend with chamomile, passionflower, valerian and hops, one Estroven caplet before bedtime may help calm the rough seas of menopause.
So, if you plan on holding on to your BFFs for a really long time, just remember – they’re going to go through those menopause symptoms at some point. (Now that you know Estroven can help with that “tumultuous emotional” stuff, it might behoove you to let them know, too, if you catch my drift.) And right now, during their Sleep Pink campaign, Estroven will donate $250 to breast cancer research for every Pink Pajama Party photo submitted! Donation benefits the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. One donation per photo/party.
Given that a woman’s risk of breast cancer triples from her thirties to her forties and quadruples from her thirties to fifties, it’s a topic we all need to be thinking and talking about. So bust out those pink jammies (or just the pajama party spirit!) and call up the ladies in your life. For Sleep Pink Party ideas and inspiration, including recipes, song playlists, important awareness info and more, visit SleepPink.com. Then upload your party photo on Facebook so the donation can be made!
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1 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Projections of the Population of the United States, by Age, Sex, and Race: 1988 to 2080, Current Population Reports, Series P-25, No. 1018 (Wash- ington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989).
2 According to research conducted by the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org
3 Women’s Health Strategic Study: Peri-Menopause/Menopause Report. Survey conducted by Evaluative Criteria, Inc. on behalf of i-Health, Inc. from July-August 2011