Are you wondering what the difference between Perimenopause and Menopause are? It’s most likely that you are confused by the terminology and trying to understand what most relates to where you are in life right now.
Never fear, Katische is here 😉
There are three terms that are thrown around in relation to women’s hormonal stages: Perimenopause, Menopause and Post Menopause.
To be honest, it is as simple as asking the question: Do you still get your period at all? If you do, you are Perimenopausal. If you haven’t had one for 12 months or more, we can retrospectively classify you as Menopausal.
Post-Menopausal is anything after that (not really a helpful term if you ask me). So let’s clarify that as – you haven’t had your period for such a long time, that you no longer even think about it.
Right, let’s be a bit more specific and get into what’s happening in your body during these periods of time.
How familiar are you with your uterus? You’d be surprised how many women don’t really understand their reproductive system- so it makes it quite difficult to understand what is going on during perimenopause.
Here’s a diagram for you to help you understand the changes that you experience when your body transitions into perimenopause. These changes are a result of the reduction in the production of your sex hormones, and in future posts, I will go through a lot of the symptoms that women experience as a result.
If you’d like to know more head to katische.com/perimenopause or join our facebook group or you can take my online perimenopause course 🙂
What is Menopause?
Menopause starts officially 12 months AFTER your last period. This can be medically induced menopause or natural. There is no “set” age for Menopause. Once you are in Menopause, there is 0% chance of falling pregnant as your body is no longer capable of this. Therefore, in my opinion, you should no longer be on any form of contraception.
(Naturally, you still need protection from sexually transmitted disease- I know- try telling that to any male in his 40s or 50s).
I firmly believe that if you are on contraception in Menopause you should be talking to your women’s health specialist about coming off contraception and managing your hormones naturally.
You are of course, perfectly entitled to disagree with me, it is your body. Do your research, find out the options, enroll in my course and learn how to manage your body yourself.