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Menopause can be a blessing or a curse to women, depending on each woman’s point of view. Most people believe that menopause hits in the mid to late 50s and 60s, but that’s not always the case. It pays to know the symptoms just in case it strikes your house sooner than you expected. The physical, hormonal, emotional and mental changes a woman goes through can put a strain on a marriage or any relationship. Be prepared.

Menopause is a physical change that every woman will undergo at some stage in her life. Understanding menopause can be very helpful in helping a woman deal with it when it comes.

The Mayo Clinic defines menopause as:

“Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.”

“Menopause is a natural biological process. Although it also ends fertility, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. Some women feel relieved because they no longer need to worry about pregnancy.”

Yes, some women may look forward to menopause and no longer having menstrual cycles or worry about pregnancy, but others dread it. They dread the hot flashes and mood swings they hear so much about…

Don’t be lured into believing that because your mom hit menopause at a certain age that you will too. Although, sometimes genetics do play a part, there is no guarantee that they will in your case. I know one family where it hit one woman in her mid-60s and it hit her daughter at 45.

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