Menopause is a significant transition in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. While experiences vary greatly, most Gen Xers are already on their way in this process. Now, some older Millennials are experiencing the world of menopause for the first time. That’s why universal support is crucial for those undergoing this hormonal and biological change. The involvement of employers and HR professionals is key in fostering an understanding and supportive environment.

Understanding Menopause, Perimenopause, and Post-Menopause

The journey through menopause is often misunderstood, comprising distinct phases: perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause.

Perimenopause, the transition leading up to menopause, can start years before menopause and is characterized by fluctuating hormone levels and irregular menstrual cycles. Menopause itself is defined by the absence of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months, typically occurring in the late 40s to early 50s. Post-menopause is the phase following menopause, marking the rest of a woman’s life beyond her reproductive years.

The Role of Bloodwork in Diagnosis and Understanding Menstrual Changes

Blood tests measuring hormone levels, such as Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Estradiol, and Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH), are instrumental in diagnosing menopause. These tests provide insights into a woman’s menopausal transition, with elevated FSH and decreased Estradiol levels often indicating menopause.

Post-Menopause Bleeding: A Critical Discussion

It’s vital to understand that any bleeding after menopause is considered abnormal and warrants medical evaluation. Conditions such as vaginal atrophy, uterine fibroids, or polyps, and even more serious concerns like endometrial cancer, can cause post-menopausal bleeding. This underscores the necessity for post-menopausal women to seek medical advice if they experience any bleeding.

Despite reaching what seemed to be menopause, as confirmed by my bloodwork indicating elevated FSH levels, I experienced continuous bleeding. Initially, it seemed like an anomaly, but upon further medical investigation, I was diagnosed with benign uterine polyps. These polyps were the source of the bleeding, which mimicked a regular cycle, underscoring the importance of thorough medical evaluation for bleeding post-menopause.

I have had post-menopausal bleeding from steroids that I take for inflammatory arthritis, too.

In short, bleeding after being diagnosed as menopausal and moving into the post-menopause phase of your life requires a medical opinion to tell you what’s going on with your body.

Millennial Menopause

Menopause is happening to Millennials. With access to vast information and a strong wellness focus, Millennials are reshaping the menopause conversation. Their approach, emphasizing technology, holistic health, and supportive workplace cultures, highlights the evolving dynamics of menopause management and awareness. That’s why you see Dr. Jen Guenter and Dr. Wednesday Martin all over the internet. MenoTok is hot!

Advocates and Resources for Menopause Awareness

Figures like Tamsen Fadal and Dr. JoAnn Manson, platforms such as Selene Yeager’s “Hit Play Not Pause Podcast,” and books like Dr. Lisa Mosconi’s “The Menopause Brain” play crucial roles in raising awareness and providing support. These resources empower women to navigate the menopause transition with knowledge and confidence. So does a great community like Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause.

What Can Employers Do?

Employers can create a supportive and inclusive workplace environment by offering flexible arrangements, encouraging open dialogue, and promoting health and wellness programs for menopausal employees.

Embrace Your Journey with Confidence

I own the domain and would love to sell it to someone who is seeking to problem-solve in this area and do it with confidence. Navigating the menopause journey requires accurate information, community support, and advocating for conducive environments. That’s why you should engage with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and explore the wealth of resources available. Let’s challenge the stigma and navigate the menopause journey together with knowledge, confidence, and community support.