I remember the call from my mom: “I think I’m going through the change,” she said, detailing her erratic temperature shifts, her lack of sleep and the “pooch” below her belly button that
used to shrink with exercise, but no longer budged. I could hear the uneasiness in her voice, like she couldn’t believe she’d reached this point in her life. Duxbury, MA plastic surgeon
Christine Hamori, MD hears this often from patients: “The topic of menopause has been under a shroud of shame and guilt for too long,” she says. “All women experience it, and it’s important
that we discuss it,” especially as studies reveal that more than 50 million women in the U.S. will enter this phase of life by 2020.
The 3 Stages of Menopause
The “Ovarian Retirement Plan,” as Louisville, KY obgn Rebecca Booth, MD calls it, has three unique phases. Here’s the scoop on each.