Menopause is one of those things most people never talk about, even though it is a natural part of life.Â If you hear about it at all it is usually some silly joke on a TV sitcom.Â Poise wants to change the way women think about menopause, and empower them to embrace the change and not feel embarrassed.Â To help with that they have developed the 2nd Talk website, which is designed to let women share their menopause experiences.
Of course I am sure we all remember the 1st Talk, that awkward pre-teen conversation you have with your mom about your menstrual cycle.Â The 2nd Talk is about talking to other women about menopause, and finding out their experiences so you will be prepared.Â Since my mom was visiting this week I realized it was the perfect time for me to talk to her about menopause.Â She went through it years ago, but I never discussed it with her.
So I asked her for all the low down on the symptoms Iâ€™ve heard about â€“ hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats.Â But it turns out my mom experienced no real problems.Â Her menopause was gradual and drama free.Â She remembers some of her friends complaining about issues, but she never had any.Â So hopefully I will be like her!Â But one thing I learned from the 2nd Talk website is that it is personal journey that every woman experiences differently.
So just in case I am not as lucky as my mom I figured I should read up on the perimenopause signs, and here are the main ones.
- Menstrual periods that occur less often and eventually stop
- Heart pounding or racing
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Skin flushing
- Sleeping problems
So now I know what to watch for.Â To help women who are experiencing symptoms Poise has developed a series of products that they call the Fab 5. You can even find coupons for these products in the September All of You magazine, or print one on the Walmart website here. The products are:
- Poise Roll-On Cooling Gel
- Poise Body Cooling Towelettes
- Poise Feminine Wash
- Poise Panty Freshener
- Poise Personal Lubricant
- I went to Walmart to find these new products, and my local Walmart had four of the five. You can see all the details of my shopping trip in my #PoiseFab5 Google Plus album.
My 16 year old daughter was listening to us talk about menopause, and she is not that far from the 1st Talk herself. Her reaction was, â€œNo more periods, sounds good to me.â€Â And the most important thing is to talk together about the issues that effect women.Â And the great thing about this kind of talk is that it allows women to pass down their knowledge and life experiences to younger women, so all the generations can learn together.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Biasâ„¢ Social FabricÂ® Community.Â This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Biasâ„¢ and Poise #CBias #SocialFabricÂ All opinions are my own.