Throughout the month of October, we’re celebrating Menopause Awareness Month.
Since we know there are a ton of changes that come with “the change,” we thought we’d take a closer look into what this time in a woman’s life can really mean.
First off, menopause is only one day – a point in time 12 months after a woman's last period. The years leading up to that point, when women may have changes in their monthly cycles, hot flashes, or other symptoms, are called the menopausal transition, or perimenopause.
The menopausal transition most often begins between ages 45 and 55. During this transition, the body's production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies greatly. Bones become less dense, making women more vulnerable to fractures. During this period, too, the body begins to use energy differently, fat cells change, and women may gain weight more easily.
The start of menopause doesn’t just have to do with age. It may also be triggered by a hysterectomy or surgical removal of the ovaries, which produce hormones. Removal of ovaries or the uterus without taking hormones will result in experiencing menopausal symptoms immediately.
Writer Mary Esselman has spent her life’s work on trying to explain menopause to women (and the men who support them) and has chronicled much of her journey in her book “How Did This Happen? Poems For The Not So Young Anymore.” She hopes that with proper education, the symptoms of perimenopause won’t be such a blindside.
“We can’t gloss over it,” she says. “Aging is not an abstraction, it’s a real thing, and part of what I hope to do is help younger women learn more about it before it hits them over the head — menopause and other perfectly natural (but pretty disruptive) aspects of growing older as a woman,” Esselman says.
Thankfully, SeeMe Beauty’s exclusive SeeMe Complex is here to help tackle the changes facing your skin, but we’ll continue to bring you resources to handle everything else! If you haven’t yet finished perimenopause, what are you doing to stay ahead of your symptoms?