Okay, so we all know perimenopause and menopause is enough to make you feel like you’re going crazy. But it doesn’t have to!
When you’re in perimenopause and menopause, you’ve got to think inside the box! Think about how you feel, listen to your body, and recognize your needs. No one should be alone during this difficult and confusing time. Prioritize and trust yourself as a woman.
Here are some not-so-fun terms you should know about while you’re weathering the storm:
- Menopause – the time in a woman’s life when her period stops (specifically, when she’s been without her period for twelve consecutive months).
- Perimenopause – the six- to ten-year symptom-laden span of time before a woman finally stops getting her period for twelve consecutive months.
- Hyperthyroidism – an overactive thyroid gland; usually caused by the autoimmune illness called Grave’s disease.
- Hot flashes – flashes of heat that come in many forms: quick flushes, sweat sessions, night sweats or random drips. How do you flash?
- HRT – hormone replacement therapy; also called HT (hormone therapy or hormone treatment). A supplement of hormones to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
There are more fun terms and not-so-fun terms in my book Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. Educate yourself and you’ll be ready for any challenge that comes your way!
Remember, reaching out is IN. Suffering in silence is OUT!