Five Things You Didn’t Know (Before Menopause)

Thursday, June, 1, 2017 < Back to Blog Posts

When in your life did menopause hit your radar screen? Did you see your mom or grandma go through it? Did you laugh at movies like Fried Green Tomatoes when characters started going whacky in middle age, and everyone blamed it on hormones? Did you ever see someone turn bright red and start taking off coats, sweaters, and whatever else was permissible, and all you could think was —what’s the deal with that lady! Somewhere along your life journey, you picked up bits and pieces of ideas about menopause and a great deal of what you learned was probably not factual or helpful. What most of us equated with menopause was – being old. Like many things past the age of 40, we simply don’t envision ourselves actually getting there for years and years and years! But then one day, you wake up, and there you are. You start asking people if it’s hot in here and then it hits you. “One day” has arrived. The truth is we simply haven’t thought a lot about this time of life because we didn’t want to. Erratic periods, changes in your friends and female siblings close to your age, sweating, freezing, and everything in between…until you have the “ah ha moment” that you are in menopause. Because we don’t grow up learning about perimenopause and menopause, we have to take the time to learn the facts and understand everything that goes with this time that we didn’t choose, but still must live through. Here are five things I’ve gleaned from reading your questions and posts on Facebook that many ladies didn’t know, or were confused about. See if you can relate!    
The real definition of menopause.
Not having a period for a time of at least one full year is the real definition of menopause. It can vary, but it usually happens in the late 40s to early 50s. Before that time, your period will likely become erratic. You could go months at a time without a period, but then get one. If that is happening to you right now, you are still in perimenopause. It’s not until you haven’t had anything like a period for one full year that you are officially in menopause. The result of decreased estrogen and progesterone production in your ovaries will not only bring on menopause, but many of the things that accompany it--like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and occasional sleeplessness.
How long menopause lasts.
This answer is painful to have to give to you, and is a real shocker for most ladies. Menopause can last 10 plus years! That’s not the average, which is four years, but it can last a long time. What really stinks is, you might be through one irritation like hot flashes, only to have a different irritation pop up to take its place.  Because it can be such a lengthy period (excuse my pun there) of time, it really pays to understand my 5th point, but we’ll get there in just a moment.
How alone you can feel.
Things are better than they used to be when it comes to just saying you are in menopause, but it’s still not where it could be. Your best bet is to talk to ladies just like you who are going through it at the same time, and to use social media such as our Remifemin® Facebook page which offers continual support. Knowing that many ladies are feeling the same things you are is helpful in those times when you feel alone.
The answers will be easy.
It seems like since our bodies are losing estrogen and progesterone, it would be a simple fix just to take hormones. Unfortunately, it’s more complex than that. If you take the time to study Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), you will learn that it’s not the only option--and there are other options that may not pose the same risks of HRT.   
There is a botanical way to address symptoms of menopause.
It’s Remifemin® menopause relief.* It’s a reliable, clinically-studied answer with RemiSure® black cohosh extract that can provide relief from hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and occasional sleeplessness.* Remifemin is hormone- free, proven support that works with your body to promote physical and emotional balance during menopause.* It’s important to take it as directed and to give it a few weeks to feel the effects and 12 weeks to feel the full benefit.  Many women get relief right away but be sure to give it the full time to know how Remifemin will work for you. Get complete information on this amazing answer to menopause when you explore
Now that you do know what menopause is like, and you know about Remifemin, please let other ladies know! Tell them to find us on Facebook or visit  Helping each other through menopause makes a big difference. Share your powerful knowledge, and the ladies you know can enter menopause with the answers they need.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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.