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Not All Menopauses Are Created Equal

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Not All Menopauses Are Created Equal

Each woman’s menopause experience is different.

What is important to remember is that menopause is a normal, natural event – not a disease! It is defined as the final menstrual period and is usually confirmed when a woman has missed her menstrual cycle for 12 months in a row What that means is that our ovaries are done doing their job of making estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. We should all thank our ovaries for their excellent service!

Many of the symptoms associated with menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and mood swings – actually begin during perimenopause. Perimenopause is the period of transition between our reproductive years and menopause. This transition generally lasts 4 – 8 years and is marked by pronounced changes in the menstrual cycle until, gradually, it stops completely. That is when menopause begins.

For all women over 40, this is an important time to start paying close attention to your physical health and the messages your body is sending.

The North American Menopause Society is a great resource for all things perimenopause and menopause – information, facts and support. Check out their “Are We There Yet?” guided tour to start navigating your way through your journey.



Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, and created an extensive library of video information available on her website, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Credentials: - Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist - National Certified Menopause Practitioner - Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board - CEO, The Allmen Foundation - Wife, Mother and Friend

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