By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: September 7, 2012
September is Menopause Awareness Month. Most women know of menopause, defined as one year after your last period. But there is another time that many women aren’t as aware of; it’s called perimenopause.
That is the window of time that leads up to menopause and can last as long as 10 years. The reason that it’s so important to know about perimenopause is that in addition to typical symptoms such as irregular periods, it’s a time of reduced fertility as well as additional symptoms like a pounding heart, trouble sleeping or mood changes.
Many don’t realize these are likely the normal symptoms of perimenopause and instead of going to see their gynecologist, many women end up seeing a specialist for their heart, mind or sleep.
The average age of menopause in the United States is 51 years and 3 months. Since perimenopause begins up to ten years earlier, start talking with your doctor about what to expect before perimenopause symptoms become worrisome to you. That means some time around your 41st birthday.
In honor of Menopause Awareness Month, I’d like to offer you a free three-part video series called Health Accelerator that will teach you about things you need to know about such as 1. The tests you need to have done 2. How to prepare for your next annual exam and 3) Five health tips you can begin doing today to jumpstart your health. Click here for instant access.
About the Author: Mache Seibel, MD is a national authority in health education. Dr. Seibel has won national awards for research, writing, and patient education and is a sought-after speaker. Seibel is also an award-winning composer and founder of HealthRock®, teaching health literacy through music and entertainment. Learn more about Dr. Seibel and our other Red Hot Mamas advisors.