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mom never talked to me about menopause. She says her mother never talked about
it either.”

not sad I’m past menopause. I’m glad those monthly periods are over.”

it hot in here, or is it me?”

Menopause, or
the “change of life,” is different for each woman. For example, hot flashes and
sleep problems may trouble your sister. Meanwhile, you could have a new sense of
freedom and energy. Your best friend might hardly be aware of a change at

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a normal part of life, just like puberty. It is the time of your
last period, but symptoms can begin several years before that. And these
symptoms can last for months or years after. Some time around 40, you might
notice that your period is different—how long it lasts, how much you bleed, or
how often it happens may not be the same. Or, without warning, you might find
yourself feeling very warm during the day or in the middle of the night.
Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are two female hormones made
in your ovaries, might lead to these symptoms.