Is Menopause a Cliché?

Wednesday, April, 5, 2017 < Back to Blog Posts

How does a cliché’ happen? Some are as “old as the hills” like “April showers bring May flowers”, a favorite this month.
 
Every well-worn cliché comes from somewhere and often it gets away from its original meaning to take on a whole new one. For example “put a sock in it” comes our way because, in the late 19th century, gramophones, or record players as we would know them had large horns on top that amplified the sound. There weren’t any volume controls on the machines so to lower the sound; one simply had to stuff the horn hole with a nice thick woolen sock. Thus, the phrase over time became “put a sock in it” even though it’s not common knowledge that it had anything to do with the old gramophone! 
 
“Toe the line” originated from ordering someone to stand behind a literal line or to obey an order. It no longer has that exact meaning. Clichés happen because something gets repeated to the point that people no longer have an authentic reaction to the words anymore or the original meaning.
                          
What about menopause clichés?
 
“Is it hot in here or is it me?”
 
“My own personal summer.”
 
“I’m always cold, so I would love a hot flash.”
 
“I don’t have hot flashes…I have short private vacations in the tropics.”
 
“I don’t need to cook the vegetables anymore; I just put them on me when I’m having a hot flash.”
 
If you’ve had a real hot flash, which many of you have, none of these work. The reality of the hot flash is far beyond a cliché! Let me “spill the beans” on what you need to know when you get past the clichés about menopause. (Spill the beans may have come from an ancient voting practice where you voted with a black or white bean to indicate your choice in a matter, the winning vote was revealed by spilling the beans!) Hot flashes are an individual thing, similar to pregnancy —we each experience it in our own way. For me, they were not a personal summer, but a creepy hot feeling that came on quickly. When they occur, anything else you are doing comes completely to a halt as you try to wonder in a social setting how you can rip your clothes off. Perhaps the ladies who have the hardest time dealing with it are those who work out in public. You simply aren’t in a situation to remove your clothes quickly, stand in front of the freezer, or jump in a cool shower! All the while, you might be in a meeting pretending like nothing is happening while your skin is crawling, you’re sweating, and you want to yell at the top of your lungs. Can you relate?
 
Thankfully, I found an answer to deal with hot flashes, along with night sweats, mood swings, and occasional sleeplessness. It’s Remifemin® menopause relief.* At the same time, Remifemin handles those lovely moments; it also helps to handle the feelings that come when you hear those clichés about menopause! Score and score! It’s hormone- free, proven support that works with my body to promote physical and emotional balance during menopause.* It’s important to take it as directed and to give it up to 12 weeks to feel maximum benefit. Many women get relief right away but be sure to give it the full time to know how Remifemin will work for you. That’s a very brief look at the answer, but you can find complete information when you explore remifemin.com. Remifemin is my safe, reliable, clinically-studied answer for a time in life that takes “the patience of a saint.”
 
So the question remains— for those of us living through menopause, will we get past the cliché ideas about this season of life?  “Time will tell.
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