Chances are that if you had the “birds and the bees” talk with your parents, you vividly remember how, where and when it happened. Or you might recall running to your mother in a frenzy because you needed that first sanitary pad or tampon. Again, chances are that you were mentally prepared for – and maybe even expecting – that moment because you had already talked to someone about that inevitable, yet wonderful, stage of your life.
But what about menopause? When was the last time you talked to your mother – if ever – about what happens to your body? About when to expect it? About when it starts? You probably would have preferred to sacrifice your comfort zone for a conversation with your mom to better prepare you.
And really think about this – why aren’t we talking more widely about menopause? Maybe our mothers – or mother figures – didn’t want to admit they had reached “that age.” Even though it’s a completely natural occurrence in our bodies, it still seems tied to hushes and sometimes even shame.
But think about this yet again – what does “that age” even mean? When and why did it become a negative thing? Every stage of life is absolutely beautiful, bringing new wisdom, insights, and stories. We must teach future generations exactly that: to embrace every single day they live and every single year they grow older. And, yes, that means embracing the ebbs and flows that come with those stages.
It’s never too early to start talking about menopause with younger women in your life. The more you make it a natural part of conversation, the more confident they will feel going into it. If there’s anything history has shown us, it’s that it’s always better to just be prepared, and confidence is key.
In this particular case, it means having the right information and knowing what to expect, so that you’re not caught off guard and you know how to better cope with it. So, talk to your daughters. Tell them about this period of life. Tell them about what to expect and that it really is okay. Shed the “taboo” sentiment around menopause. If possible, even tell them about your experience, and how “that age” is simply a new, but entirely normal, stage of life.
After all, there’s no better way to create a bond than telling someone else, “Hey, I’ve been there, and look at me – I’m okay.” Even though everyone’s experiences are different, it’s always comforting to know that someone out there is going through the same journey. And guess what? If you’re a woman, the ladies in your life are, or will one day, all be in the same boat. Time to talk about it.
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