Menopause (aka the cessation of menstruation) is a period of life that all women will go through. Your grandmother went through it, your mother went through it, and we will also go through it, usually between the ages of 45-60.
3 Stages of Menopause
Did you know that there are actually 3 stages of menopause? The stages are: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause. We’ll spend more time in perimenopause than menopause, and postmenopause is longer than both perimenopause and menopause combined!
What is it? The transition period leading up to menopause. Symptoms include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness and changes in sex drive.
Why does it happen? Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels begin to fluctuate and fall. Ovaries release eggs less often and pregnancy is less likely but is still possible.
When does it occur? In your 40’s, usually around age 47, but can start sooner or later. It lasts for approximately 4 years but can be as short as 10 months.
What is it? The official end of menstrual periods and reproductive years.
Why does it happen? The ovaries no longer release eggs and no longer secrete estrogen and progesterone hormones.
When does it occur? Typically between 45-55, the average age is 51. Early menopause can occur between the ages of 40-45.
What is it? Life after periods – all menopause symptoms ease or even disappear!
Why does it happen? The ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing hormones. As estrogen levels stabilize, symptoms like hot flashes disappear.
When does it occur? Typically in your early 50’s and lasts for the rest of your life.
The good news is that you can survive menopause and concerns about weight, sweats, stress, mood swings, tearfulness and tiredness can be supported effectively by a healthy diet and active lifestyle. You do not just have to grin and bear it. A healthier, balanced approach to eating will help you manage, along with a close relationship with your spouse.
Staying close to your spouse
Your spouse is an important ally during this difficult time in your life and it’s important to stay close. It might be difficult because of vaginal dryness, however, using a personal lubricant like K-Y® Lubricants can help. Vaginal dryness is an expected and a normal symptom and can be the cause of discomfort and soreness during sexual intercourse. Stay intimately close to your partner by relieving that discomfort with K-Y Lubricants. By facilitating sex, K-Y Lubricants help you build emotional closeness with your partner. With a versatile range of products, K-Y is the #1 most trusted by couples and professionals. During this trying time of life we need all of our partner’s support.
Each of the following products provide discreet, long lasting relief and lubrication when you need it:
- K-Y® Jelly
- K-Y Liquid®
- K-Y® Sensual Silk®
- K-Y Warming® Jelly
Surviving menopause is possible. Know that you have choices and can take charge of your health, be proactive to your functional and emotional well-being. Try the versatile range of K-Y intimacy products to alleviate vaginal dryness and heighten intimacy with your partner.
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Although this post has been generously sponsored by K-Y Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect opinions of the K-Y Canada brand or the Reckitt Benckiser corporation.