Though the changes facing women as they experience menopause are physical, the ramifications run much deeper than that.
Old assumptions, illusions, and habitual patterns, including that of neglecting self to serve others, rise to the surface. They make their presence felt in ways that we cannot ignore – if we wish to thrive.
These emotional and psychological changes often start years before the ‘official’ start of menopause. Whilst menopause is officially defined as when periods stop completely, hormonal changes often begin anywhere from 40 onwards. Generally, these begin 2 to 8 years before menopause.
Because of these widespread and fundamental changes, menopause health can affect the relationships within the whole family. Add to this mix the fact that men often undergo changes themselves as they hit mid-life, and it’s easy to see why this period can involve a lot of upheaval.
Perimenopause is characterized by irregular periods for several years, which leads up to menopause itself. Perimenopause is also called the climacteric. Heavy bleeding is also a possibility due to low levels of progesterone and higher levels of estrogen. This can be addressed by using a progesterone cream.
Symptoms of menopause can vary. Some women go through an early menopause, and this is likely to lead to a lot of symptoms. And sudden menopause due to surgery or treatment like chemotherapy leads to strong symptoms. But many women do not have a lot of symptoms, and don’t need to take supplemental hormone pills.