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No woman alive is going to tell you that menopause is easy. You can have the greatest life full of friends and family who love you, a social life that excites you, a career that you’re proud of, children who are actually nice to you and a home you really think deserves its own four-page-spread in Good Housekeeping, but none of that can protect you from the internal chaos that is menopause. No matter how perfect your surroundings are, you cannot avoid the insanity your interior is facing during menopause. That being said, certain trends and behaviors millennials are developing right now could make an already particularly trying change of life even more challenging. Here is why menopause could be so much worse for millennials.

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We’re having children later

When women had children in their early twenties, they could count on their kids being all grown up and moved out well before menopause. Do you realize there was a time when 40-year-old women were already experiencing empty nest syndrome? Not millennials. Nope. Millennial women are having kids in their forties, meaning many of them face menopause and raising teenagers at the same time. That’s a recipe for disaster.

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