Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Perimenopause: The Catch-22 Taboo

This article was submitted by Ellen Sarver Dolgen, who has a book launching today called
*Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness* http://shmirshky.com/book/. She has some great information on a somewhat taboo and misunderstood topic - menopause. As women, it is something we have delt with, are dealing with now, or will deal with in the future.

Ever wonder what happens before “the change”? That’s right – it’s “the change before the change.”

Don’t worry, it sounds worse than it is. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about exactly what menopause is, so let’s clear things up a bit. Perimenopause is the six to ten years leading up to menopause. Menopause is defined as the moment after perimenopause, when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Often when women say, “I’m going through menopause,” they’re describing the perimenopause part of the journey. Who knew, right?

Well, perimenopause has long been something women didn't discuss much and personally, a time in my life that no one ever mentioned to me, until I already began the process. Why the silence? Probably because I would have requested a sex change immediately, had I known what would be in my future!

Perimenopause can be tough, but if you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be on your way to an easier perimenopause experience:
  • be prepared
  • trust how you feel
  • reach out for the help you deserve
Nowadays, older women are much more active, happier, and sexier than ever before. Aging is no longer our greatest fear. Remember, with so many new and different ways to share information, we must continue to break the silence!

Reaching out is IN. Suffering in silence is OUT.

"E" is the pen name of Ellen Sarver Dolgen, author of Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness, a light-hearted, informative, easy-to-read book on menopause, and creator of http://www.shmirshky.com, a resource treasure trove for women going through perimenopause and menopause. E stands for everyone because everyone goes through menopause or knows someone who does. Ellen is passionate about promoting health and wellness in America. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She has served on boards, committees, and chaired numerous events for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Angel Charity for Children, San Diego Hospice. Brandeis University, the Phoenix Heart Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Brewster Auxiliary, and Handmaker Home for the Aging. Ellen’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through board representation, fundraising, and event organization continues with her founding of Shmirshky Universal, which aims to promote women's health and well being around the world. For more information, visit http://www.shmirshky.com.

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