In Chinese culture, there’s a lot of topics too ‘inappropriate’ to talk about. Many of these taboo subjects are things that happen often and to many people. While in American culture we might be more open about certain things, Chinese culture is the exact opposite. It took me a while to get used to something that was such a culture shock for me. One of the biggest taboo conversations is nearly anything that has to do with women’s bodies. That’s one of the many things I love about America. Talking about these things that are a part of everyday life are important so that you no longer have to struggle in silence or alone.
But, for a country that talks about a lot of things, there are still topics many don’t want to talk about because they may be embarrassed. One example is age. No one wants to get older, so we just pretend like it’s not happening. But women, more so than men, are always aware and reminded. It’s not just that we’re aware of it, but our own bodies are reminding us. Menopause is something that all women go through. So, let’s talk about it.
Did you know menopause symptoms can start YEARS before you actually begin going through menopause? These symptoms include irregular periods, hot flashes, chills, sleeping problems, and weight gain. They begin happening during the first stage of menopause called perimenopause. Perimenopause can start up to 8 years before you actually reach menopause.
Then begins the second stage, menopause. This is the point when women actually stop having their periods for 12 months in a row. The symptoms begin to increase at this stage because your body stops producing most of your estrogen.
Finally, the last stage is postmenopause. These are the years after menopause. At this point most symptoms ease for many women. Of course, everyone’s body is different and these will differ for every woman. You can take all the care in the world of your body, but these are things that we can’t avoid.
While I personally haven’t begun feeling any symptoms of perimenopause, many of my family and friends have. † So, is there anyway you can find some relief while going through this new stage in your life? Absolutely.
Lots of people find that taking supplements will ease their symptoms. For example, the brand Equelle has a pill that some have found helpful. So how does it work? Equelle has the active ingredient s-equol in it like other menopausal pills. S-equol is very similar to estrogen and has some of the same functions so it can help ease you into the transition.
Going through menopause or perimenopause sucks, but remember that you are not alone and it happens to all women sooner or later. You can find a lot of comfort in your friends and family members during this difficult time and learn that it’s okay to talk about it.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.
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