When did periods become the mile markers of a woman’s life?

Getting our periods signaled the move from childhood to womanhood. In those early days, cramps were a badge of honor…a signal to our friends that we had entered that new and mysterious grown up place. Never mind that the hormonal surge that brought on our periods may have also ushered in acne and moodiness. We didn’t give those hormones much thought unless we were “late bloomers” and then we worried about whether it would ever come.

Soon thereafter, periods might be something we watched to mark the riskiness of our travels through sexuality. Maybe getting our periods came with a sigh of relief and hormones were something associated with the birth control pills we used to manage our periods – or our reproductive journey.

For those of us on the quest toward motherhood, sighs of relief became cries of despair when our periods showed up with some regularity. And then, hormones became the fuel to bring us closer to that destination.

And all the while, we acknowledged our periods. Talked about our periods. And sought help when our periods were too painful, too infrequent, too unpredictable. We were comfortable talking to health providers, friends and sisters about the solutions for each of those pesky period situations.

But then our periods slowed down. Sometimes the monthly visits were smooth and other times – no visit at all. And with that came some tropical nights, that and weather shifts that somehow were never described in the tourist guide. Secretly, we knew where our journey had taken us – but didn’t share the destination with others. Hormones had let us down and for some of us signaled the end of the road.

REALLY???? No other biological shift is fraught with so much angst. Let’s take some time to understand why periods stop, the role hormones play “down there” and everywhere in our bodies so we can upgrade the menopause leg of the journey. Visit for more information on what we need to know about menopause today.

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