Perimenopause and Menopause
No wonder they call it The Change.
For there is little about the process of perimenopause and menopause
that is static. Instead, it is a constant evolution of changes in
your body, your personality and even your life. And, unlike many
of the myths that have sprung up around this important time in a
woman’s life, it is definitely a progression, NOT a regression.
Other things perimenopause and menopause are NOT:
|They are not an illness.|
|They are not optional.|
|They are not an indication that your productive
life is over.
|They are not (or, at least, do not have to
be) uncomfortable or difficult times.
|They are not endings.|
|They are not something that happens once,
and then is over.
As you approach menopause, your periods get farther
and farther apart, leaving you wondering after each one, Is
this it? Doctors usually say, Yes, that’s it,
once you’ve gone 12 months without one. The time surrounding this
12-month point is called perimenopause (peri = around),
the months or even years during which some women can feel their
lives, and bodies, have been turned upside down. Once you’ve reached
that 12-month point, you are in the menopausal or post-menopausal
period of your life.
Not sure if you’ve reached menopause
For more on menopause and perimenopause, go
Is it Menopause?
What is It?
Nutritional Treatment for Perimenopause
Nutrients for Menopausal Symptoms
the HRT Decision