Technically, menopause is only one day in a woman’s life, which is exactly when she has not had a period for 12 months.

It’s the period of time leading up to menopause that causes all the trouble. And it can start earlier than you might think.

Most women arrive at menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but perimenopause can start as much as a decade beforehand. And about 1% of women in the reach menopause at age 40 or younger.

I was leading the charge and started to experience hormonal changes when I was around 41.

It’s the menstrual cycle pattern that really defines this lead-up to menopause. During perimenopause, periods might be shorter, then a long one, or then a skipped one, or then the flow might be different.

There’s no blood or hormone test that can “diagnose” perimenopause. A hormone test is just your hormone results on one given day plus hormonal cycles become erratic and unpredictable during this stage.

Some pre and peri menopause symptoms can be debilitating, and they are many options to help but the best thing you can do for yourself?

Get educated.
Read up.
Download the Balance App.
Information is key.

Monitor your health.
Start noting changes and symptoms.

Practice self care.
Exercise more.
Eat for well being.

Talk to me to help you navigate this stage. Whatever your age.