Monday, December 28, 2009

Defining the Word Menopause

Most women are actually confused by the meaning of menopause. They experience hot flashes, confusion, irritability, sleepless nights ... and then they ask their doctor: "Am I in menopause YET!" The doctor tells them "no" and the woman wants to yank the poor doctor's socks off.

The term "menopause" is actually the time in a woman's life that she can say that she's not had a period in 12 months.

It is the leading up to menopause (perimenopause) that women start experiencing the heavy negative effects of life's changes - such as hot flashes, grumpiness, difficulty sleeping, anxiety...

Women dread "going" through menopause, but what they are actually dreading is going through PERIMENOPAUSE...the time leading up to menopause.

Menopause brings with it a whole new set of rules: Higher risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, sagging breast, painful intercourse, Oooooh - grumble, grumble....I just don't want to go there so scratch that last sentence!

The next time you see your doctor; don't ask "Am I in menopause?" -- Instead ask: "Am I in perimenopause?"  Then ask him if you can stand in front of the office staff's open refridgerator to complete your own personal summer.

Happy perimenopausing!

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