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We came across this poignant blog post about perimenopause, or the transition to menopause, when one of our members shared it on her Facebook feed. We laughed. We cried. Then we grabbed some chocolate animal crackers and got real.
We salute the author, Jen (of jennlefforge.com), who describes herself as a “40-something wife, working mom and runner…” Jen makes the point that we need to normalize the conversation about this less-talked-about stage in a woman’s life. The time when our ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier.
According to WebMD, the average length of perimenopause is 4 years. “But for some women, this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years.” WebMD defines the end of perimenopause as going 12 months without having your period.
So we bring you, Jen’s blog post, “A Middle-Age Girl’s Guide to Perimenopause.”
And we’re curious, have you been able to have these conversations in your inner circles, running groups or other communities of support? We hope so. We know that talking always makes the miles go by faster.