What does menopause mean?
Menopause means something different to each woman, but there are certain key elements that we all share.
Your reproductive life cycle
Think of your life in phases: you start with infancy, move onto childhood, and then reach puberty. At this point, your hormones start raging, your body feels like it doesn't belong to you, and your moods may abruptly swing from silly to dejected. So years later, if you're experiencing menopausal symptoms, it may certainly seem like you've been there before! However, the years surrounding menopause can be a time to define your own experiences and make positive choices about healthcare, relationships, and your own potential.
The myths about menopause
The biggest stumbling block for most women is getting past the old myths about what perimenopause (the years before the event) and menopause mean.
Reaching the first signs or symptoms of menopause does not mean that your life as you know it has ended! Some women have easy transitions. Others have a rough time for several years, experiencing bothersome symptoms that come and go. If you feel like your life is in turmoil, you're not alone. In fact, there's a lot you can do to minimize the effects of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
In the prime of life
In your 40s, 50s, or 60s, you’ve lived long enough to have the experiences and knowledge to mentor others. But you're also free to let others know exactly who you are as a person, rather than being defined by society's roles for you.
Studies of women who dreaded menopause in their 20s and 30s show that their attitude towards it improved the older they got. And after their final menstrual period, most women regarded menopause as primarily positive. You may fear the unknown, but once you've experienced the event, you're an expert!
One of the best starting places for reaching your prime is to take proactive steps towards improving your health right now, so you can start on the road to successful aging. There are many paths along this journey through menopause, but you get to choose which one path you take! As with everything in life, it's always best to begin with the basics and add as you need to. For example, you can make the choice to start with Estroven —an herbal menopause remedy for menopause symptom relief — and then see where that leads. And the decisions you make now about your health and wellness may change as time goes on.