This period of life can be extremely difficult for some, including hospital visits. I found coping with life and stressors became much harder and I also found it brought to the fore unresolved repressed past hurts that demanded me to deal with them.”

— SANE Forums Member

Perimenopause and menopause is a normal transition for women. Each woman will experience perimenopause/menopause differently. Some have barely noticeable symptoms, while others experience significant changes.

Perimenopause and menopause are far more than just the physical symptoms of a woman no longer having her period. It is a time of physical, mental, emotional, and a spiritual transition as a woman is faced with the reality of her aging; grieves the loss of her ability to bear children. She is restructuring her life to adjust to the changes in her body, health, mental and emotional health, and lifestyle.

During these years, women often experience a midlife crisis who have invested a significant portion of their life in bearing and raising children. At the same time, a woman is adjusting to the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes that come with perimenopause /menopause. She may also be struggling to let her children go, the changes in her body, and coping with the loneliness as an empty-nester.

Perimenopause and menopause is a multifaceted transition that I encourage to be addressed. Like an adolescence who goes through changes as she reaches puberty, perimenopause /menopause presents a woman with biological changes in her body. This can trigger her to feel uncomfortable with herself and may cause her to question her identity, femininity, sexuality, and purpose in life. Many women view the loss of their fertility as a loss of their womanhood.

As women, we need confidence and the right perspective. This will enable us to evaluate our lifestyle, adjust to the changes we are experiencing, and still find meaning, purpose, and joy in our life.