Sooner or later, every woman goes through menopause. However, menopause doesn't always have to be a negative experience. It could even turn out to be something positive. A hormonal change tells your body that it's time to do things differently, and you gain a certain “freedom” that you did not have before. Your body sends you a signal so that this stage in your life doesn't take you by surprise, and helps you move through it rather smoothly. But later, just as you experienced in adolescence, you will still be that same young, vibrant person you always were, just a little wiser.

Share your experience and help make it easier for others going through this stage in their lives.

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What did you know about menopause before and what do you know now?
How did you deal with the fact that you were beginning this stage of your life?
How did menopause change your personality and your body?
Did you turn to hormone replacement to lessen the symptoms of menopause? How did it help?
Did you talk with anyone about what you were going through? Why or why not?
How did you learn about menopause?
What does having gone through menopause mean to you?
How has menopause affected your sex life?
What helped make it a little easier to go through this stage in your life?
What were the advantages and disadvantages of menopause?
What would you recommend to women who are going through menopause now?
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100 Plus TRUE STORIES: Menopause is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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