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You may be surprised to know that the medical profession considers menopause to be nothing more than the year anniversary of your last period.  Haven’t had a period for a year?  Congratulations, you are in menopause.

Menopause 101

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You may be surprised to know that the medical profession considers menopause to be nothing more than the year anniversary of your last period.  Haven’t had a period for a year?  Congratulations, you are in menopause.

Who cares?  What we care about is the way we feel and we certainly don’t feel like ourselves for many years before the slightest change in our periods.  The hallmark of menopause is a dramatic reduction in the levels of estrogen and progesterone.  Remember puberty?  That is the ramping up of these hormones.  The tapering off is just as volatile and can last for far longer.

So, if I am not in Menopause, why do I feel this way? The transition phase leading up to Menopause is called Perimenopause and can be much harder to define. Perimenopause begins to happen anywhere from three to five years before actual menopause. The majority of women start experiencing perimenopause in their mid to late 40s. Many confuse menopause with perimenopause, as this is the phase where the common symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, memory fog and mood swings begin.

You may be thinking, what should I do about it?  Take care of yourself like you take care of your children, spouses, parents, sisters, brothers, boyfriends, girlfriends and pets. 

Give yourself a break.  Forgetting things?  Use your Post-it, alarm settings and phone for reminders.  Somethings will fall through the cracks.  Stitches will be dropped.  Extend the forgiveness you’d give others to yourself. 

Many of the other symptoms are harder to fix with an alarm or a Post-it. Because women have vastly different menopause experiences, there still isn’t one medically agreed upon treatment for the condition. Treatments range from old-school pharmaceutical hormone therapy to new-age holistic treatments. The stress of trying to determine a treatment that works, only makes the process more frustrating to women.

We created Hello Again, because we could not find a treatment or product on the market to relieve our range of symptoms. Hello Again is a cannabis powered vagitory that combines the healing power of cannabis with specific, effective botanicals. In addition to a balance ratio of THC and CBD, the suppository also includes botanicals that help with inflammation, energy, mood and focus. Menopause does not have to be debilitating and relief is possible outside of traditional medicine. 

The key is listening to your body, knowing you deserve proper care and finding a way to feel like yourself again.  We believe YOUR STORY IS JUST GETTING GOOD.

– Carrie Mapes + Hallman Ray

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