Interviewer: Menopause is often thought about by older women, and rarely talked about in constructive ways because I think older women complain a lot.
Cheryl: (laughing) Everyone gets their chance to complain, older or younger.
Interviewer: What is your insider’s wisdom about menopause?
Cheryl: Ok, so, menopause, there can be such a wide expression of just the symptoms and the meaning, what does that mean to me? Some women they transition into menopause and that’s when those periods stop for at least twelve months and that’s it. And they have no other symptoms, “yep my last period was over a year ago”, “No I’m not having any hot flashes” “Nope, I feel fine” “No my sex life is the same” “Nope, I haven’t noticed anything” “yep, that’s it”. Now there’s very few of those women, but they are out there, they do exist. Hopefully some of them are listening to this and say, “Yes, that was me”. I wish I could have said the same but I took after my mother and so like many women, little over 70%, I had hot flashes and many women will also have hot flashes and they will sweat and they get warm. Some people it is pretty severe, and they’ll soak through their clothes and then they are chilled. Other women they just get a little bit warm and then it goes away, at night they might kick off the covers once or twice and then they go right back to sleep. And then other women are pacing the floor at night. Sometimes it keeps people awake, they cannot sleep they become very anxious, and again their symptoms are extreme. And so how they approach menopause might be very different. So the woman who has no symptoms and is not being bothered by anything, or she feels her symptoms are very mild, she might do nothing other than make sure she’s doing weight bearing exercise and she’s getting adequate Vitamin D and some calcium, dietary calcium, so she may have very few things to do. And other women might use hormonal therapy to alleviate they symptoms and some people do other things in between using black cohosh or soy products or whatever remedies that might work best for them. Some people see their homeopath, some people choose an allopathic approach, so everybody is a little bit different and they have different needs, so you approach the need for that particular woman.