Menopause! Really?! Is this some kind of cruel joke thrust upon us when we are already an emotional wreck from our children leaving home? Now our hormones decide to start doing some crazy things to our mind and body! I don’t know if it will help but just know the struggle is real.
My symptoms began shortly after my son left for the Marine Corp. They started with occasional missed periods until they completely stopped and then the night sweats started. I can’t say I am unhappy with the period situation but the night sweats drive me crazy! I am one of those people that have to sleep with covers on. Now I find myself throwing them off several times during the night because I am so hot that I would almost welcome a bucket of ice water poured over me. Don’t get any ideas, Phillip, that was just an expression!!!
Signs and Symptoms
When I first started showing signs of being perimenopausal I went to my primary care physician to make sure I was healthy in other respects. After my visit with my doctor and his confirmation that my body was starting to “change” I decided to do some reading on the subject.
My go to website for anything medical related is WebMD. I found a great article entitled How Do I Know If I’m In Menopause. The article goes into detail about each symptom but here is a list of symptoms to look for.
- Your periods become irregular.
- You have hot flashes and night sweats.
- Having trouble sleeping.
- You feel moody.
- Forgetting things.
- You feel differently about sex.
- You have physical changes.
If you are having some or all of these symptoms listed above that does not mean you are menopausal or perimenopausal. You need to go to your physician and have a diagnosis verified. Some of these symptoms can also be signs of other disorders or even an illness. It is important to see a doctor so you can get the proper treatment.
Once again I am going to refer you to my go to website and an article entitled Understanding Menopause — Treatment. This article talks about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the controversy surrounding it. It also gives some suggestions for alternative treatments.
As for myself, I have chosen to do nothing at the moment. My symptoms are mild and they don’t interfere with my life at this point. Other than waking up in the middle of the night thinking I am about to spontaneously combust I seem to be one of the lucky ones. I have bought a fan to put next to my makeup mirror to keep from sweating my makeup off before I even get it on.
Books on Amazon
As I have mentioned in other posts I am a reader. If I want to know something I read everything I can find on the subject and then decide what is relevant to me. Here are a few books that I have found helpful since my journey into “the change” began.
The Wisdom of Menopause by
Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife
Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution: A doctor’s guide to relieving hot flashes, enjoying better sex, sleeping well, controlling your weight, and being happy! by
Look at it this way… this is just one more milestone in your life that will pass as have all the others. This one may or may not be kind of rough but there are resources out there. You just need to know where to look