by Karen Shopoff Rooff
Are you a woman over 40 who doesn’t recognize her own body anymore?
Maybe it’s flashes. Or is your hair falling out? Perhaps your sleep patterns are more erratic than Austin weather.
No, you're not going crazy. You're likely in perimenopause.
Wait? What? Isn’t that for old women?
Perimenopause refers to the years (up to a full decade!) before menopause. Menopause is the phase of life that begins when a woman has gone a full year without a period.
So most of those unpleasant symptoms we associate with menopause are actually part of perimenopause.
Potato, potahto....isn't it just semantics?
Sort of. But in an effort to better educate women about their bodies, how they work, and what is and is not normal, let's start by using proper terminology. Perimenopause, the years of declining fertility leading up to the cessation of menstruation, is often described as a hormonal rollercoaster. And while so many mothers strive to send their adolescent daughters fully informed into puberty, there's a dearth of information for women in perimenopause.
Want to know how much of a taboo perimenopause is? Every time I type perimenopause my computer underlines it with that red squiggly line because it's not recognized as a word.
What I have learned in working with women for the last ten years is that even the most highly educated among us don't really understand the difference between perimenopause and menopause. Furthermore, not many of us know how long it's going to last, what the belly of the beast is going to look and feel like, and how to assess when our symptoms are not within the expected range. And very few women realize there is a new normal of hormonal balance on the other side.
If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired-- or just ready to be better informed about your body—come to the January 12th Monthly Launch Talk. I will share Five Ways to Survive & THRIVE in Perimenopause.
If you're already convinced you want-- no, NEED-- more information about what is normal and what is not during perimenopause, you won’t want to miss it. We’ll be learning about hormonal changes and their effects on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. And I’ll share with you my top five hacks for managing some of the most frequent symptoms of perimenopause so you can Survive & THRIVE.
Feel like you want to delve deeper? In mid-January I am launching my NEW on-line course to help you navigate Perimenopause!