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“It Can be a Lonely Place if We Aren’t Careful “

Erykah Badu

Once women reach a certain age, they know menopause is knocking on their door. Erykah Badu is getting candid about going through that process.

The 51-year-old neo-soul singer took to Instagram to share that she is gracefully going through menopause.

“Peace Peace I’m 51. let’s talk about the flowering of menopause… Blessed with The time when A QUEEN truly TAKES HER THROWN (throne),” she wrote.

Badu admits that she does miss some of the things she was able to do before going through menopause.

“I miss the thought of having lil babies in my belly and periods and womb stuff like that,” she shares. “BUT I AM NOW ABLE TO SHARE MY WISDOM AND JOYFULLY GROW INTO THE GLITTER DRIPPING PHOENIX CREATED THRU THE FIRE.”

She also joked about experiencing mood swings and vasomotor symptoms, more commonly known as hot flashes.

“In other words … b***h it’s hot .don’t talk to me. lol.,” Badu wrote.

In her post, Badu also offered advice for other women who are going through menopause: “It can be a lonely place if we aren’t careful. Get your nutrients (mind, body & soul) Share your feelings and thoughts with people who love you.”

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Menopause usually occurs when a woman is in her 40s or 50s. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average age of menopause for American women is 51.

During the transition to menopause, levels of the hormone estrogen drop, causing

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