What Do You Know About Menopause?

Friday, March, 27, 2015 < Back to Blog Posts

As women, we simply don’t choose to think about menopause until we start to wonder if we are about to enter that phase of life. Unfortunately we can be starting perimenopause and entering menopause with very little factual information. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. So let’s look at the basics. They are important to know when you make decisions about your life.
You are officially in menopause when you have not had your period for one full year. Leading up to that you are considered to be in perimenopause. This all happens because your ovaries don’t stop on a dime – they slow down. That’s why you’ll go without a period for several months and then have one. While this process is happening, you are still in perimenopause. Once you have not had your period for one full year, that’s menopause.
Menopause is not the same experience for every woman. You’ll see that in our Facebook blog. Some ladies find it one of the hardest things they’ve ever endured, while others barely notice. For the most part however, ladies struggle with the whole thing. Menopause starts on average around age 51, however there’s no hard rule when you will be in menopause. If you have your Mom to ask, that’s a good place to start. You will likely start around the same time she did.
The number one thing that comes to most people’s minds associated with menopause is hot flashes!  A hot flash is a brief feeling of heat that can vary in intensity.  Before you have an actual hot flash, you may think that it would be pleasant, especially if you are cold. I like to describe it as “creepy.” It’s not anything like your “own personal summer” as the joke goes. It’s inconvenient, uncomfortable and annoying! It’s especially hard if you are working and have to be out among people when a hot flash hits. Thankfully, in this day and age, it’s pretty common to just acknowledge you are having a hot flash. It’s no longer a big secret.
Night time hot flashes, sometimes called night sweats, can mess with your ZZZ’s. Some ladies have to change clothes at night they are so drenched in sweat. Some ladies have hot flashes during the day and night sweats at night. That can make for some very long and difficult days on the calendar.
One of the things that can happen with menopause that many women have no idea about before they arrive at this point of life is occasional sleeplessness. This can be because of the night sweats or it’s possible to experience this without the night sweats too.
Moodiness! Well, read above…wouldn’t that make anyone moody?
I wish I could tell you, that’s it! Get a handle on those things and you’re golden! Unfortunately, there are so many things associated with menopause or menopause related that it’s not possible to put them all in one place. Add to this the fact that many women see menopause as the loss of their “youth” and we can turn into real messes!
That’s why you have to do your homework. Talk to your doctor. Talk to your friends. Talk to me on Facebook!  Check out the excellent answers archived on our website (www.Remifemin.com) from Dr. Minkin. Menopause can last 10 plus years, so you can’t ignore it.
My answer is Remifemin®. I’m so glad that I can take a product that has been around for such a long time, is clinically tested and is safe and effective for women who choose not to take estrogen.  I’m also glad that we have ways to get support during this trying time. Read our website and join our Facebook page. You’ll get helpful ideas, facts, tips and you won’t feel alone on this journey.
The fact is: menopause is not easy. But, we owe it to ourselves to get through it the best we can, and to still enjoy this time in our lives. Together- that’s just what we’re doing!
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.