Ever wonder what happens before “the change”? That’s right – it’s “the change before the change.”
Don’t worry, it sounds worse than it is. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about exactly what menopause is, so let’s clear things up a bit. Perimenopause is the six to ten years leading up to menopause. Menopause is defined as the moment after perimenopause, when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Often, when women say, “I’m going through menopause,” they’re describing the perimenopause part of the journey. Who knew, right?
Well, perimenopause has long been something women didn’t discuss much and personally, a time in my life that no one ever mentioned to me, until I already began the process. Why the silence? Probably because I would have requested a sex change immediately, had I known what would be in my future!
Perimenopause can be tough, but if you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be on your way to an easier perimenopause experience:
- be prepared
- trust how you feel
- reach out for the help you deserve.
Nowadays, older women are much more active, happier, and sexier than ever before. Aging is no longer our greatest fear. Remember, with so many new and different ways to share information, we must continue to break the silence!
Reaching out is IN. Suffering in silence is OUT.