What every woman needs to know

May 7, 2018

perimenopauseNo 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!

21 comments on “What every woman needs to know
  1. Suzy says:

    Thank goodness I’m done with it now, but it wasn’t the best time I admit.

  2. M Robinson says:

    Thanks for the info!!

  3. Kristi ann says:

    Oh my goodness! The things I am not looking forward to! More reason to motivate me to eat the right diet to at least help with this.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the info! This is not something that you hear people talking about much, its good to get all the information we can on what to expect as we age through life!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Well I can tell I won’t be looking forward to that time when it comes. But at least I know what to expect! A lot of useful information in here.

  6. Glad I stumbled upon this post! I’m in my 30’s – still far from menopause – but every bit of information about this critical stage in our lives will be a big help. 🙂

  7. Megan says:

    This is really good to know! I think it’s not really considered until it starts to happen, so it’s great to keep the conversation going.

  8. Kelly Edgar says:

    WowI had no idea that perimenopause was even a thing :/ thank you for brining awareness to this, it great that we can share our experiences.

  9. Elizabeth O says:

    This was a really informative post indeed. I am sure it will really help a lot of people out with the information about perimenopause.

  10. Pat says:

    Thank you for your post about perimenopause. for those women who are about to enter that period of their lives, your article should be helpful.

  11. Ashley says:

    It’s always so nice to find people who aren’t afraid to talk about women’s health and what to expect as we age. I had no idea there was a stage before menopause.

  12. Gladys parker says:

    I had took a trip back in time and felt better than I had in awhile. I had energy, felt good, fairly positive which is really weird for me as I have been depressed as long as I can remember diagnosis clinically of course. All of a sudden I hit 40, celebrated no worries then my period didn’t come after 3 months I was freaking out and went to my Dr. I knew it wasn’t menopause I was to young and the other option when my children were 10 through 20 could NOT be happening to me. Whew, nope. It was menopause and I don’t think I’ve had any symptoms etc loss of energy, tired, gaining weight.

  13. Rachel says:

    My mom said she started perimenopause pretty early and was completely done by 45. I am wondering if I will follow in her footsteps.

  14. Explorethe6 says:

    Thanks for calling attention to this serious subject. Being in my 30s I constantly think about the next health phase.

  15. Trisha says:

    Its great that you are talking about and educating the lot of us who really had not started thinking about it . More reason to make conscious effort into adopting a healthier lifestyle.

  16. Regine L. says:

    Great post! This is so informative and helpful. This would really help me when I get to that stage. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Despite me getting numb about this, I think this will the perfect fit for my mom! Thanks for sharinG!

  18. Karlyn Cruz says:

    My aunt was just joking about this yesterday actually. I’m near 40 and I am definitely experiencing a lot of weird new symptoms! Eeek! This may be me!

  19. eliza says:

    I also believe knowledge is power, better for us knowing what to come and anticipate things that might happen or experience and learn to properly deal with it ahead of time.

  20. Social kids says:

    Its a great post and with a lot of information that and this is about educating a lot of people
    like us who really don’t know about this.

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