I Think I’m in Menopause, or Am I?

If I just told you: I’m in menopause, what would come to mind?

You might think, ahhh, Michele is having hot flashes. She’s in menopause.

Or, Michele’s periods are erratic, she’s in menopause.

Michele hit age 50, it’s time for menopause.

Because menopause has been such a “squelched” subject for so many generations, very few women really understand the terminology of menopause.  We’ve taken everything that happens before menopause and after menopause and lumped it into one word: menopause.
Imagine if we had done the same thing with a word like marriage. Say we said: she’s married. In the way we treat menopause that could mean engaged, married, and widowed women…one word for all three very different times in life! Yes, that’s what we did with menopause!                    
Simply defined, menopause is when a woman has not had a period for one full year. Everything before that has its own name: perimenopause.  Perimenopause is your heads up that menopause is going to happen.  You transition from regular periods to irregular cycles. It can be a frustrating time. Usually somewhere along the way you accept the fact that you are going to be a woman in menopause and since that’s where you are , you’d just like to get there already.
So you start the calendar watching, just like you did when you were waiting for your next period. You can go one, two, three months with no period and you really feel confident that “this is it!”  Then one day you wake up and “hello again!”…a period, or something like one.
And you have to go back to ground zero. Menopause is when you have not had a period for one full year. Now of course, we are all humans, and unique, but for the most part, that’s how it happens. Having symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and occasional sleeplessness, supports the knowledge that you are indeed in menopause.

Let’s confuse the issue just a bit more. What does the term “postmenopausal” mean?
Pre/peri = before or around       and      Post = after
Once you have not had your period for one full year, you have arrived at menopause. And pretty much the day that you know you are in menopause, you enter post menopause. After the menopause.
So think about it. Perimenopause is a process that can last 5 years or more. But, most women call that menopause. Menopause itself is the confirmation that you haven’t had a period for one year. Most women call that menopause. And then once you realize it’s been a whole year and you start saying you’re in menopause, you’re actually a “post-menopausal woman.” And that can go on for ten plus years.
See why we’re all so confused and just decided to call the whole thing menopause?
Good thing we have an answer to menopause that is not confusing!  It’s natural, safe, simple, hormone free and easy!  Remifemin®!  You simply take one tablet in the morning and one at night. It has been used safely by women in Europe for over 50 years.
Do you have to be in menopause to take Remifemin® menopause relief? Don’t worry about the terminologies. If you are in the approximate age of normal perimenopause and menopause, having hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and occasional sleeplessness, then no matter what you call the stage of life you’re in, Remifemin is for you.  Take it for at least 12 weeks so you will know how it works for you, and then you can take for as long as you need it.
As always, don’t be afraid to talk to your doc about any questions you have at this important time in your life. And, remember I’m here for you. We’re in this together, no matter what you call it.
Michele is a real person who is experiencing menopause just like you. If you have a menopause-related question, a story to share, or you just need to vent, go to our Remifemin Facebook page.