What is Menopause

Menopause is something we need to talk about. Sixty-four million women in the United States are currently in menopause. Statistics aside, the one that matters most, is YOU. On average a woman will spend a third of her life in menopause, yet few of us are talking about this. We “overshare” a lot of things, but on the one topic that will affect each of us—we remain silent.

So, let’s talk menopause. Let’s talk about what it feels like emotionally and physically. Let’s talk about the positive parts of menopause (no more period!!!) and the less positive (hot flashes). Let’s talk about what to expect. Let’s talk about how to get what we need from our healthcare providers and how to help our partners understand. Let’s just talk.

Because, by talking about menopause, we put all the outdated beliefs and stigmas in their place. By talking about it, we can learn what to expect and how to manage the less comfortable symptoms. By talking about it, we take menopause out of the shadows and begin to treat it as just another new chapter that we are empowered to address in ways that are individual and comfortable to each of us.

 

How Do You Know It’s Menopause?

Menopause Below the Belt

Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) is a result of a loss of estrogen characterized by thinning of vaginal tissue, diminishing vaginal blood flow, and a narrowing and shortening of the vagina. It is a component of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). VVA can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that may not resolve without treatment, including pain associated with sexual activity and vaginal dryness.

Menopause and Hot Flashes

Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) such as hot flashes and night sweats, are the most common symptoms associated with menopause. They are characterized by a sudden increase of blood flow – often to the face, neck, and chest – that leads to the sensation of extreme heat and, sometimes profuse sweating.

Do you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms above? Take our symptom checker quiz to find out if it’s menopause!

References:

  1. Howden LM, Meyer JA. Age and Sex Composition: 2010. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau; 2011.