Heh – got you with that title, didn’t I?
It’s true, though, we’re all doomed to hitting that unwelcomed state of Menopause. It will come quicker for some than others, and none of us will experience it exactly the same way, but in the end, that’s where we’re headed.
I’m sort of mid-menopausal (I think). It’s actually really hard for me to pin point when I started experiencing the symptoms because I was in absolute denial that it was happening. For unexplained reasons, I thought it would kick in around age 70 (yep – I know it’s ludicrous, but there you are). This denial led to a whole lot completely unnecessary discomfort on my part and I’m rather feeling it’s my duty to talk about it.
Part of the problem with menopause is that nobody really wants to talk about it because we all see it as the Threshold to THE END. The end of youth, fertility, femininity, attractiveness, self-as-we-know-her. It’s this element of fear which keeps us from actively thinking about it as another stage of life to be managed.
I’m going to start a series of posts about menopause to discuss the things I’ve encountered, some solutions which have worked well for me, the things I handled poorly, and overall experiences. I invite my readers to join in at whatever level with which you’re comfortable, and don’t let your age stop you from asking questions or posting observations.
Some of the topics I plan to discuss are weight issues, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness, changes in skin/hair/hails, treatment options, clothing/fashion, product recommendations, diet, lifestyle. Lest anyone worry, I’m not turning Wannabe Martha into Menopause-Central, but this is where I am, so it’s going to get some blog-time.