Throughout my career, I've realized the importance of women joining together to support each other. And especially now that I am entering my 50s, menopause and postmenopause is a natural and important progression in that ongoing network of female support.
50 is a major milestone in a woman's life: from physical changes to becoming an empty-nester, to new careers and homes. It can be a time to re-focus on one's self and experience a new sense of freedom. But there can also be challenges. One change women may not anticipate, or be informed about is postmenopause!
With that, I wanted to share some insights from my journey to help women embrace this time of their life with wisdom, grace, and of course, a little humor.
1. You're in very good company.
Did you know that this year, nearly half (45.25%) of all women in the U.S. will be approaching menopause or menopausal? I was surprised by that statistic. I was also surprised to learn that many women are uncomfortable or even embarrassed to discuss the symptoms of postmenopause, and therefore, suffer in silence. That's why I recently created a video, "The Other Talk" with Pfizer to encourage women to start a conversation about postmenopause and aging. I think it's time for women to take charge of the conversation and begin discussing what they're experiencing.
2. There is no age limit on sexuality.
Sexuality and sex are important throughout our lives. Our culture tends to promote the idea that our sex lives fizzle with kids and aging. But really, there is no age limit on sexuality. We need to loosen up and own our human desires throughout life! In fact, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 62% of women aged 57-64 are sexually active and have sex at least two or three times a month!
3. Sex is different at different stages in life.
While there's no age limit on sexuality, sex itself changes throughout our development. Specifically, sex at 50 and beyond may not be like it is at 20 or 30: