Why can’t women even bring themselves to talk about their bodies? How can we elevate the conversation around women’s health care to break these taboo topics? Let’s find a way to rise up and get the attention we need. Women’s bodies should be honored and celebrated!
As a health coach, it’s my job to help break the taboo of speaking about women’s health care. But all the marketing gurus tell me that there are three dirty words I shouldn’t use because they make women feel bad about themselves.
What are the three dirty words in women’s health?
Perimenopause, Menopause, Midlife
There they are. I’ve said the words at the center of so many women’s health care issues. That wasn’t so hard, was it?!
First of all, every time I type perimenopause, I get the red squiggly line under it because the computer doesn’t recognize it as a word. Seriously. It’s that bad of a word. (What year is it again?!)
And then there’s menopause. You know, that completely normal part of being a female human. But I’m not supposed to talk about it because it makes people uneasy. It means we’re getting “old.” We’d rather just stick our heads in the sand and pretend like we’re 25 forever.
It’s even more challenging, though, because so many people are unclear about the difference between perimenopause and menopause. If that’s you, you’re not alone. Educating yourself about the difference is the first step to putting your knowledge to work for you.
As far as midlife goes, I’m just calling a spade a spade. Perimenopause is the ten years prior to menopause, and the average age of menopause is 51 ½. The reality of many of us living beyond 105 just isn’t that great. So, yeah, I’m in midlife.
(And I don’t think it’s a bad thing.)
Finding a health care provider who understands women’s bodies in midlife is critical to your health!
I’m not in the business of sugar-coating things. But I’m also not in the business of being a doomsdayer. I just want to educate women so they have the knowledge to make informed decisions about their women’s health care options. Being an educated, empowered, body-wise woman means that you understand what is happening with your body. And you feel confident to make proactive, wellness-oriented decisions.
The reality is, perimenopause and midlife and our post-menopause years are actually THE POWER YEARS. There’s so much to look forward to. A new normal of hormonal balance awaits!
I honor those of you who see perimenopause and post-menopause NOT as women’s health problems but as a natural midlife transition.
The more we normalize the language around women’s health, the better it is for all of us.
So let’s stop thinking about perimenopause and menopause as women’s health problems and start thinking about how we can elevate the conversation around natural stages of women’s lives. We all deserve better.
Are you ready to continue this conversation? Are you interested in becoming an educated, empowered, body-wise woman? Be able to make informed choices for your women’s health care!
If you’ve asked yourself any of these common questions about perimenopause, you’re who I’m talking to!
Are you ready to get informed about the health issues that are so common in midlife? And why they don’t have to happen to you? And how you can be a proactive, informed action-taker regarding your women’s health care?
The good news is that so many of the horror stories about perimenopause, menopause, and midlife are the result of lifestyle choices. There are a lot of small changes you can make to work WITH your body in midlife.
Learn how to
- exercise for perimenopause power,
- eat to support your midlife body, and
- practice self-care like you KNOW you’re worth it.
You’ll be surprised by how common experiences aren’t necessarily normal. And that small changes can reduce unpleasant symptoms.