Location: Perimenopause is located in your head (mental/emotional symptoms) and below your head
Start time: Usually when you are young and active (typically begins between the ages of 40-48 years
End time: Perimenopause ends when menopause begins (when you are period-free for 12 consecutive
months) The average age to hit menopause is 51 years young
All Day Event: __X__
Attendees: You, your husband, boyfriend, lover, children, family, friends, coworkers, and grocery store
Notes: I know this may be a shocker, and your calendar is trying to reject this entry, however, you need
to squeeze this in between the family birthdays, your kid’s carpool, business meetings, dinners, and
holiday planning. You know how we like to plan. We have everything scheduled in our Iphones and
planners. It is time to plan for perimenopause and menopause!
The biggest myth about perimenopause and menopause is that it begins when you are old. SO NOT
TRUE! Perimenopause begins sooner than you think! Once the symptoms start they can last up to 6-10
years or until you reach menopause. Remember, you have not entered menopause until you have been
period-free for 12 consecutive months.
Many women don’t realize that perimenopause begins at such a young age. They often think the age of
menopause is 60 or over. No such luck!
If you find that you are are in menopause before the age of 40, it’s generally classified as premature
menopause. Premature menopause can be a result of one’s genetic make-up, an illness, or medical
procedures such as a hysterectomy. You may come across the term early menopause as well. Early
menopause describes both natural and induced menopause before the age of 45. No matter when you
begin the process, between the onset of your first perimenopause symptoms, and the point at which you
hit menopause, there’s enough time for bell-bottoms to be in style, go out of style, and then come back in
style again. (Check out the new looks…they are back in now!!!)
The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic age of menopause and there is no right
or wrong age of perimenopause. Your body has its own schedule! Most importantly, be prepared and
trust how you feel. You know when things are changing and you’re not functioning properly. When you
sense the change brewing, reach out and get the help you deserve. Now that’s something worth putting
on your calendar!
Remember: Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN.
For more great tips on how to find a menopause specialist and deal with menopause download my free
ebook: MENOPAUSE MONDAYS the Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During
Perimenopause and Menopause.
By Ellen Dolgen