The
Sunday Supplement

Connecting women, science and spirit, the Gynelogic Sunday Supplement delivers a bi-monthly dose of news, views and reviews, as seen through my lady lens. Great to have you here!


Fuck you Fifties (and beyond) – No More Rules

On my 40th birthday my best friend ordered a birthday cake for my party, from a du jour artisan London bakery. It turned up on the morning of the party day looking very plain, so she took it to a local Polish bakery, and asked them if they could decorate it with some fancy icing, saying “Naughty Forty”. Dressed up and ready for the party, she picked the cake up on the way to mine, only to find it had been fully white iced over, in hard royal icing, making it look more like a funeral wake fruitcake. And in bright turquoise icing on the flattened top, it said “1940”. It was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.

Naughty 40s lived up their name, but what I wasn’t expecting was the Fuck You 50s, where I realised that a major part of transitioning to post menopause was shedding my old self by figuring out how to speak my truth, look my truth and live my truth. It was a bit of a bumpy ride, but oh so worth it.

Bring on the Sex Bomb 60s and 70s – it’s incredible to see the glorious Helen Mirren and silver fox Andie MacDowell killing it on the runway at this years Paris fashion week, along with a make up free Pamela Anderson. Change is afoot, at last.

And check out my heroine Iris Apfel, here celebrating her 100th birthday in 2021. Legend.

Fuck you fifties (and beyond) – no more rules!

By Sandra Ishkanes

I am a Functional Medicine expert specialising in women’s hormonal health. I work like a health detective, rooting out the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances and I take a whole-body approach to healthcare, combining nutrition, supplements, lifestyle upgrades and cutting-edge biomedical testing.


MORE FROM THE SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT

  • Invisible Women: Exposing the Gender Bias Women Face Every Day

    Read More
  • It Starts with the Egg

    Read More
  • How to Be the Love You Seek

    Read More
  • Rest is Resistance

    Read More
  • The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

    Read More
  • The Quick Roasting Tin

    Read More
  • Super Gut

    Read More
  • Cured

    Read More
  • Hormone Intelligence

    Read More
  • Metabolical

    Read More
  • Adenomyosis Demystified: Functional Medicine Strategies for Relief and Recovery

    Read More
  • Navigating Endometriosis: Latest Insights and Natural Treatment Strategies from Functional Medicine

    Read More
  • Transforming Fibroid Care: Exploring Functional Medicine Approaches for Natural Relief

    Read More
  • The surprising reason why viral infections surge in winter

    Read More
  • Anti-virals for every stage of infection

    Read More
  • From SAD to glad: tryp the light fantastic

    Read More
  • Be cool to boost your metabolism and prevent winter weight gain

    Read More
  • Immuni-Tea: A Zesty Immune-Boosting Brew

    Read More
  • The ultimate anti-viral protocol for winter: prep and kill

    Read More
  • Sore, swollen breasts? An iodine deficiency may be to blame

    Read More
  • Could your wrinkles be a sign of osteoporosis?

    Read More
  • Why pain under your right side ribs may signal gallbladder trouble

    Read More
  • Unbearable period pain? It could be endometriosis

    Read More
  • Spotting after your period? It might be a vaginal infection

    Read More
  • Dark circles under the eyes plaguing you? Excess histamine may be why

    Read More
  • Bloating after every meal? How low stomach acid might be the cause

    Read More
  • How to Tell If You’re Perimenopausal

    Read More
  • Save money, get rid of hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, anxiety, low moods, fatigue and weight gain within 6 weeks and feel like yourself again by Christmas

    Read More
  • Bust through 30+ menopausal symptoms with my Menopause Supplement Cheatsheet

    Read More
  • The Upgrade: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond

    Read More
  • 50 years of Ms Magazine

    Read More
  • Are you Celebrating World Menopause Day?

    Read More
  • Fuck you Fifties (and beyond) – No More Rules

    Read More