Written by Karen Giblin, Founder and President Red Hot Mamas
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:18
Greetings, I’m Karen Giblin, founder of Red Hot Mamas. Red Hot Mamas is the largest menopause education program in North America. Over the last 20 years, our programs have been offered in over 200 hospitals and physician group practices in the United States and Canada.
Millions of women have attended our free monthly menopause education programs and have logged onto our website for reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date information about menopause.
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"Menopausal women face multiple symptoms not fully appreciated in the workplace. With education, greater productivity and quality of life are achievable," insists Red Hot Mamas founder and president, Karen Giblin.
Changes occur in women as they transition from their reproductive years into the final menstrual period that are associated with ovarian aging, menopause and the postmenopausal years. These endocrine changes are progressive and are the result of rapid depletion of ovarian follicles starting in the late 30’s and early 40’s.
Just a short month ago, my friend and Gynecologist told me that I wouldn’t get my period anymore. It seems that at the age of forty-two, my body has passed through menopause unnoticed in my day-to-day life. Yes, I know that this happens to every woman at some point. The trouble is that it has happened to me. And, like so many other benchmark moments in my life, I didn’t quite get the passage right. And, unlike many of the other life-markers, there is no going back.
After all, it’s not as if I had a hysterectomy and my period left to save the rest of my body from Cancer. It’s not as if I’m 55, and I took the last decade preparing. Instead, it’s just gone, and I didn’t notice its departure. I thought that the increased time between periods over the last two years was related to stress. More time passed, and I forgot that I didn’t get it. And, because sex was infrequent with my single mother status, I didn’t even worry about the P word. So, my period left, and I didn’t get to say good-bye.