Here are the five main facts surrounding menopause that were openly discussed.
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Stranger things have happened.
Angelina Jolie candidly revealed her choice to undergo a bilateral mastectomy over a year ago as a preventative measure for breast cancer. Recently, she spoke of the results of experiencing "surgical menopause" after having an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries).
During the lead up to menopause, referred to as the peri-menopause phase, women may not be experiencing regular cycles and therefore have no idea as to whether they are mid-cycle or in the luteal phase at the time of having their blood tests which can be a hindrance in interpreting blood results.
Are we meant to resign ourselves to live out the second half of our lives as though we're holed up in a convent? No! Just because you've reached a certain age, it doesn't mean you no longer have a need for good sex in your life.
If you are dealing with depression or anxiety, it helps to think through your feelings. Are these feelings new? Do they seem random or are they connected to any life situations that you can identify?
Which comes first -- stress or failure? We need more research to know for sure, but if you have been feeling "stuck" in your personal and/or professional life, and you just can't seem to pivot to the next phase, talk to your doctor about these tests. They just might uncover the reason.
Are you Sleepless in Seattle? Does Disney's Sleeping Beauty make you hostile? Does the sight of a blissfully snoozing infant make you weep? Do memories of teenage sleepathons that last 12 hours make you misty with nostalgia? Take heart, you've got a lot of company.
As anyone who's ever roasted her way through night sweats knows, menopause is not for sissies. In addition to the hot flashes
Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to make sense of what's happening to your body during the change? As women transition from their reproductive years into, through and beyond menopause, estrogen levels get lower and the tissues respond. What you may not realize is that you may also be at increased risk for urinary tract infections or UTI's during the change. Here's why.