I realize that not everyone reading this blog is experiencing menopause right now. You may be a woman who is not currently in that phase of life or you may be a man. But I am confident that either you will be joining the millions of women already in menopause or you are closely associated with one or more menopausal woman. The time leading up to menopause is known as peri-menopause. This transitional time can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years and usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55. It is often accompanied with some pretty challenging symptoms and changes to a woman’s body, mind and outlook on life.
Menopause means the final menstrual flow. The symptoms that occur during perimenopause include hot flashes, night sweats, decreased libido, increased weight (and more difficulty losing it), emotional lability and mental fogginess. These symptoms can be annoying, sometimes debilitating, but they always can serve as a wake up call to each woman and how she wants to live out the second half of her life. Read more »