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Earlier this year, 45-year-old singer Alanis Morissette smashed taboos by sharing her struggles with breastfeeding while in perimenopause. She candidly spoke out: "It's a f***ing s**t storm. If my hormones are great I'm... [ok] When they're not, my head spins around." Raise your hand if you can relate?
Women's reproductive health is often compressed into two distinct stages: childbirth, and then menopause. Nowadays, the transition between these stages is less clear-cut. According to the CDC's vital statistics reports, the birth rate for women 40+ has steadily risen by 2-3% per year over the past 30 years. In parallel, there's been a major increase in the use of IVF, egg freezing, and hormonal therapy treatments. In fact, a 2018 study revealed that 33% of Americans have turned to fertility treatments or know someone who has!
While a perimenopausal pregnancy may not be your story – if you choose not to have children: we see you and respect you – more and more women are navigating the ups and downs of perimenopause at the same time as fertility treatments & early motherhood...a triple whammy of hormonal madness.
This is a complex & weighty topic that's not talked about enough. But, we at Elektra want to change that. If you have questions or want to share your story with our community, reply to this email! Our doctors & experts are also on call for 1:1 private consultations: book a virtual appointment.
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