Most women are not prepared for the hormonal changes of midlife.
Women in their late–30s and early–40s who have not yet experienced any changes will benefit from knowing what to expect. Understanding what the body and mind will go through when hormones start fluctuating reduces anxiety and confusion and increases wellbeing.
Women going through the menopause transition, 40+, benefit from knowing that this is a normal and natural phase of life and if their quality of life, relationships, and work is negatively affected it is reassuring to know there’s help. I can help you! If I cannot help directly, I can still save women angst, time, and money by directing them to the most appropriate healthcare providers that will take care of their needs.
Women postmenopause, 50+, benefit from knowing that reduced estrogen increases their risk for certain diseases (such as heart attacks, osteoporosis, and dementia) and that they should adopt healthy lifestyles (including proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise) to prevent disease and to stay engaged, vital, and active.
Employers of women 40+ benefit from knowing that even though not every woman has a hard time during the menopause transition, the 80% who do experience changes will benefit from education and support. Most women do not connect their experiences with hormonal changes and do not receive optimal support and care during this natural and normal phase of life. With awareness and education about menopause in the work place (i.e. Lunch & Learns and Wellness Clinics), employers can help midlife women reduce absenteeism and improve quality of life and work. It’s a win-win situation for employers and employees.
Women with breast cancer and other cancers may suffer induced menopause due to certain cancer treatments and experience severe symptoms due to the sudden decrease in estrogen that greatly affect their quality of life. Being deprived of estrogen under 40 also increases the risk for certain diseases such as heart attacks, osteoporosis, and dementia.
Partners, offspring, family, friends, and co-workers of women 40+ benefit from knowing that all women go through menopause and that the hormonal changes of midlife can cause mood swings, anxiety, crying spells, irritability, brain fog, etc., which may affect their quality of life, relationships, and work.
And remember, there’s help, I can help you!
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