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When Catherine Balsam-Schwaber was in her mid-forties, her bones began to ache every night. She said her doctor diagnosed her with fibromyalgia, prescribed her powerful steroids, and then sent her off.

He was wrong.

Balsam-Schwaber was actually suffering from “perimenopause,” a term for when the body begins to enter menopause. Shocked by how “deeply uneducated” she was, Balsam-Schwaber decided to dedicate her career to helping women navigate their menopausal years.

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