Menopause is a natural process that frankly, isn’t talked about enough. Its onset usually means symptoms that can make life really uncomfortable. So what do you need to know to prepare yourself for this inevitable journey of hot flashes and mood swings?
1. It’s just one of three stages.
Perimenopause is the first stage when all of the symptoms kick in (irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, etc.). Then enters menopause. Menopause is characterized by a complete end to your period. Lastly, postmenopause (when you’ve officially made it through!) occurs a year after your last period.
2. Perimenopause typically starts in your late 40s.
The majority of people will start experiencing symptoms in their late 40s, but for some it might not occur until they’re in their 60s.
3. On average, it lasts about 4 years.
Strap yourself in, because this could last anywhere from 2 years to as much as 10.
4. It gets better!
There’s no denying that at some point during menopause, you’ll likely feel awful. But nothing lasts forever! Many women make it to the other side and can share in the pain and discomfort the whole ordeal has caused them. Some even report having an increased sex drive afterwards. Surround yourself with women who have been through it and women who are going through it and don’t be afraid to ask for support or advice!
Menopause is a very natural stage in life and the more that you talk about it with friends or family (or even by passing your new found knowledge down to your daughters or friends’ daughters) the more they will feel prepared for this stage in life.