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Recently, I shared with you my personal experience of perimenopause and the discomfort many women feel about the topic of menopause.
Today, I want to continue the conversation because I believe that the more we talk about menopause, the more we can remove the stigma surrounding it, and the less alone we will feel.
Now first, what is menopause? *Menopause is when your periods stop permanently and you can no longer get pregnant. You have reached menopause only after it has been a full year since your last period. This means you have not had any bleeding, including spotting, for 12 months in a row.*
My Personal Perimenopause Story
Personally, it’s been a few years since I started experiencing the symptoms of early perimenopause- the transition to menopause, usually starts in a woman’s mid- to late 40s. ** On average, women are in perimenopause for four years before their periods stop.
A few years ago when I started experiencing frequent night sweats, hot flashes and mood swings, I knew I had to see my doctor. I found out that I have the symptoms of early perimenopause.
I can’t tell you how many times I had to make up excuses to not go anywhere or do anything, because I was afraid my symptoms would just come back at any given time.
True story: earlier this year, my husband and I signed up for the local 5k run. We’ve done this run a few times before and we always had fun doing it. But this year was different. I had been experiencing more tiredness, hot flashes and cold sweats and even insomnia more than before (all signs of early perimenopause!). Even though my husband and I looked forward to the 5k run, we ended up not going at all because I felt so tired the morning of the run after suffering from night sweats and a bad night’s sleep.
Another true story: recently, I was on the phone with my sister who is 52 and working full-time as an accountant and we were talking about menopause and about her own menopausal symptoms. She shared how one day, while in the office, she kept having hot flashes and panic attacks that she had to excuse herself and had to leave the office early. The next day, one of my sister’s colleagues (who is a woman in her early 30’s) asked her about what happened and my sister explained to this woman about her hot flashes and panic attacks. My sister told me she felt uneasy because the woman seemed to just have brushed off the conversation and looked like she didn’t want to talk more about it by changing the topic quickly.
Now I know that we don’t always want to talk about our bodies, or the functioning of them. In the case of the colleague, I think that because she really doesn’t understand menopause completely, she felt uncomfortable talking about it. Sometimes, we feel like it’s hard to have compassion about something when we don’t fully understand.
EQUELLE: An Option for Menopause Symptom Relief
I know I’ve told you about the non-hormonal‡ menopause symptom relief product, EQUELLE, before. But here’s a little bit of info about it again, in case you missed it last time.
- EQUELLE is hormone free‡ and clinically shown to help alleviate the frequency of hot flashes and muscle aches associated with menopause.†
- The active ingredient in EQUELLE is S-equol, which is naturally derived from a plant compound, and has some estrogenic activity. With this activity, S-equol helps alleviate hot flashes and muscle aches associated with menopause.†
- Approximately 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause each day.
- 75% of North American women experience hot flashes associated with menopause,. ***
With EQUELLE, I’ve chosen to live (and love!) my life and not live in fear of hot flashes. For me, it’s a great option for a non-hormonal remedy and I’m so glad I no longer have to stay on the sidelines or go into hiding with my early perimenopause symptoms!
*US Office of Women’s Health. Menopause Basics. Webpage: Accessed on 04Oct2019.
***US Office of Women’s Health. Menopause symptoms and relief. Available at: https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-symptoms-and-relief#13 . Accessed March 27,2019.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
‡Free from human or animal hormones. Contains trace amounts of isoflavones, a type of naturally occurring plant hormone.