Bam! You’re in Menopause. What???

Tuesday, March, 1, 2016 < Back to Blog Posts

Your period used to arrive like clockwork every month … until recently. Maybe you haven't had a period in a few months, your bleeding is extremely erratic, or it’s different than it's ever been. Do your irregular periods mean you’re entering menopause? This is a lot to think about.
Then, you were sitting there, minding your own business, and suddenly, you get intensely hot! You looked around to see if anyone else could figure out why it got so hot all of a sudden, but they all seem fine. Wait. That was a hot flash! And you’re flabbergasted because you can’t believe you’re “here.”
Bam! You’re starting the whole menopausal journey. Now what?
The good news is: you’re not alone. Look around. Everyone your age is in some form of perimenopause or menopause. Lots of ladies can relate to everything you are going through.  In fact, during the years leading up to menopause, as many as 75 percent of women will experience hot flashes that may be caused by fluctuating estrogen levels, according to the North American Menopause Society. And over half of women with frequent hot flashes and night sweats have them for more than seven years, according to research in the April 2015 JAMA Internal Medicine.
So, this thing called menopause is going to hang around for years….just like your period did. Oh joy!
You are officially out of perimenopause and in menopause when you haven’t had a period for one full year, although a lot of ladies don’t take the technical route - they just call the whole thing menopause. A few women start menopause as young as 40, and a very small percentage as late as 60. Women who smoke tend to go through menopause a few years earlier than nonsmokers. There is no proven way to predict menopause age. It's only after a woman has missed her periods for 12 straight months, without other obvious causes, that menopause can be confirmed.
The next thing you might notice is what is known as “meno-brain.”  Your mind might not feel as sharp as it used to. Sticky notes become your new best friend so you don’t forget things. It’s always good to talk to your doctor, because not everything is menopause, but those changing hormones can take the blame for a lot of things that bug us!
Occasional sleeplessness can also start to become bothersome.  And let’s face it; the list is just too long to chronicle all the things about menopause that can really get under our skin.
So what’s a lady to do?
Take control! It’s your body and this will be your menopause. I highly recommend your first stop be a conversation with your doctor and a stop at www.remifemin.com   Explore and understand Remifemin®. The RemiSure® Black Cohosh in Remifemin relieves the discomfort of hot flashes, night sweats, moods swings and irritability. Remifemin® Good Night can help with all those issues plus occasional sleeplessness because of the added Restful Sleep Blend.* Remifemin is hormone-free and works with your body to promote physical and emotional balance during menopause.* You don’t need a prescription; it’s available over the counter. Remifemin is available in big box stores like Walmart, but it’s also easy to check the zip code locator at Remifemin.com to find out where to get Remifemin in your area. Online is always an option too.
Menopause can be around for a long time, so you need a great answer. Take it from me,  Remifemin can make all the difference.
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