Breasts and Perimenopause
Getting older sucks but it is better than the alternative. A subject that has been coming up a ton has been Perimenopause which is a fancy way of saying "around menopause.” According to Mayo Clinic, this is “the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Women start perimenopause at different ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.” Do you know how long this could last – 12 YEARS!!!
Well that was a big awakening. No one told me this. In fact, aside from a few conversations overheard by my grandmothers and then my mom, it is never spoke about. All conversations with me lately have turned to breasts. I mean we barely got past puberty and boy, if you have had kids now our boobs get to go through another change and for over a decade? No wonder no one talks about this. My favorite visual someone used with me at a recent pop up was “rolling our breasts up like socks to stuff them into the bra.”
According to Healthline , A few simple strategies may help relieve breast soreness without the potential side effects of medicines or herbal remedies.
- Always wear a supportive bra, especially when you work out.
- Place a heating pad on your breasts or take a warm shower.
- Limit items that contain caffeine, such as coffee and chocolate, since some women find caffeine makes the soreness worse.
- Don’t smoke.
The thing they left out, in my opinion, is to talk about this with your girlfriends, mothers, daughters, strangers so that we take some of the stigma away. Sisterhood needs to band together so that the next generation of women do not have the same experience. I started Bloom Bras when I was 40. I would not change a thing but now that I have spent years researching what happens with our hormones and breasts, I want us all to take a collective breath and know you are not alone in your journey. Peri is the new 20.