Menopause, defined as a full year with no period, hits women on average around the age of 51. But the years before that cessation – called perimenopause – can be more emotionally and physically fraught than we anticipate. We change a lot during these years. And, as we may remember from puberty, transitions can be awkward. Our bodies and our moods frequently betray us, but one of the worst parts of perimenopause and menopause is that no one talks about them.
True, the conversations are short but the information does get passed from generation to generation.
“She’ll go nuts for a few years Lad. But it’ll pass”.
“Oh, OK. So, that’s 15 two, 15 four, one for his knob……”