No one ever told me about perimenopause. I”d never even heard the term — until I went to my doctor, telling him that “something is wrong.”
Nothing was wrong. This was just the start of a natural process all women go through. I swore then that I’d do everything I could to help inform younger women about what they might expect as they get a little older.
Enter my friend, Ellen Dolgen, a women’s health and menopause blogger. She’s always got all the latest info, great interviews and a direct point of view. And today I’m sharing what to expect at and from perimenopause–direct from Ellen’s blog.
If you’re a little nervous to read it, don’t be. If you’re approaching 40, this is critical info. If you’re younger, you want to know this, too. Here’s what she says:
Contrary to what you may be thinking right now, this post is not meant to freak you out, or make you fall into a series of depression-induced, Ben and Jerry’s-related brain freezes. Nope. This information is GOOD to know. Women in their thirties are not thinking about menopause yet, even though perimenopause (the 6-10 years before you reach menopause) often begin’s in our early 40’s or even earlier for some women. Come to mama. I’m here to help.
As your body prepares for menopause (no-period -yes please!) you are in perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage of your life that is, unfortunately, home to most of the symptoms we associate with menopause. Menopause is simply defined by the absence of your period for 12 consecutive months. Period. The average age of menopause is 51.
Knowledge is power. Read the entire excellent post on her blog. You won’t regret it!