Understanding Perimenopause: The Second Puberty

How many of us received the “sex talk” from our parents when we were growing up? While some of us did, many of those conversations likely skipped over a crucial topic: perimenopause. This oversight leaves many women unprepared for a significant phase of their lives, often referred to as the “second puberty.”

“Some of us got ‘the talk’ growing up, and some of us did not. Those talks probably didn’t disclose ‘the second puberty’ that women go through. Because of that, many women are left in the dark about what perimenopause is and what it does to our bodies. In many ways, we go through puberty not only once, but twice,” shares Proov CEO Dr. Amy Beckley.

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the transitional period leading up to menopause, marked by hormonal changes that can start as early as a woman’s mid-30s but more commonly in her 40s. This phase can last several years and is characterized by various symptoms, including irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and changes in sexual function. Despite its prevalence, perimenopause is not widely discussed, leaving many women unprepared for its impact.

The Importance of Talking About Perimenopause

Now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to openly discuss and learn about perimenopause, and it’s crucial to include our children in these conversations. Why is this important? Because perimenopause is essentially a second puberty for women. Just as our bodies undergo significant changes during adolescence, they also undergo substantial changes during perimenopause.

“Moms are going through similar hormonal changes as their daughters, so they can really depend on each other and go through these changes together. This can actually be a good way to bond and understand each other during stressful times in their lives,” Beckley shares.

When discussing puberty with your children, it’s important to also mention this “second puberty.” By doing so, we can prepare the next generation for what lies ahead, fostering a more informed and supportive environment.

Supporting Each Other Through Change

Perimenopause can be a challenging time, but it can also be an opportunity for bonding and mutual support. When mothers and daughters share their experiences and understand each other’s struggles, it can create a unique and powerful connection. This shared journey can help demystify the process and reduce the feelings of isolation that often accompany perimenopause.

“Whether we are giving the talk to our kids, helping our friends and family members, or are learning ourselves, we should not forget about menopause and perimenopause. Womanhood isn’t easy, but it can be easier if we come together,” says Beckley.

The Role of Proov in Hormonal Health

Proov, founded by Amy Beckley, Ph.D., aims to empower women by providing tools to track their hormones quickly and easily at home. Known as the “infertile scientist,” Beckley has dedicated her career to helping women understand their hormonal health. Proov’s products can help women monitor their hormone levels, providing valuable insights into their reproductive health and making it easier to identify and address issues related to perimenopause and other hormonal changes.

Breaking the Silence

It’s time to break the silence surrounding perimenopause. By talking openly about this “second puberty,” we can ensure that women are better prepared for the changes that come with it. Education and awareness are key to navigating this phase of life with confidence and support.

Sharing knowledge about perimenopause with our children, friends, and family members can make a significant difference. It not only helps demystify the process but also encourages a supportive community where women can share their experiences and support one another.

Conclusion

Perimenopause is a natural part of life, yet it remains shrouded in mystery for many women. By bringing this topic into the open, we can help ensure that no woman has to face it alone or unprepared. As Dr. Amy Beckley suggests, womanhood isn’t easy, but it becomes more manageable when we come together, share our experiences, and support each other through every stage of life. Let’s start the conversation today and empower women to take charge of their hormonal health, making the journey through perimenopause a little smoother for everyone.