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When it comes to menopause, you’re not alone. Each day in the U.S., 6,000 women reach this major natural life stage.* And each woman has a different story to tell. An open dialogue about menopause opens up possibilities for all women to live fulfilling, vibrant lives during this transition. Let’s start the conversation now.
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Sarah G. | @JetSetSarah
So here’s a funny story: I was on assignment in St. Kitts for work a few years ago. I remember in the middle of the night waking up feeling really hot. But I just assumed there’d been a power cut (a common Caribbean occurrence) and the generator hadn’t kicked in. Minutes later (presumably when the a/c came back on) I felt cold, pulled up the covers, and went back to sleep.
This happened several times, and always at various Caribbean resorts I’d be staying in for work. I’d wake up hot, roll my eyes at the inefficiency of island power companies, and eventually fall asleep again when the a/c resumed. But then one day, it happened while I was sleeping at home in Miami, where I KNEW the a/c worked just fine. And that’s when, after almost a year, I finally realized: I’d been having hot flashes!
Lorraine L. | @Lorrainecladish
I am fortunate that I did not experience menopause symptoms until I was 51. When they started, though, it was tough. They hit me hard. Extreme fatigue - bone crushing fatigue - insomnia, night-sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, vaginal dryness, palpitations, you name it. I could not believe just how crippling these symptoms felt.
I’d never really had a bad experience with monthly periods, so I was surprised and shocked at how hard menopause symptoms hit me. I know it’s not so for every woman, and that’s great, but for those of us who suffer from more severe symptoms, it’s hard.
Janine D. | @janine_delany
As many of you know I hit THAT milestone birthday around one month ago and I have to say it honestly hasn’t been all that bad. I still feel pretty good, have plenty of energy & yeah I’ve kinda been getting used to some of those expected changes we’ve all heard about since we were little girls - you know, the M word.
For all of you ladies out there who are wondering what #menopause is really like, I’d be happy to share my experiences and take the mystery away from something most people don’t like to talk about.