OK, if you have a weak stomach and can't deal with reality, I would suggest you go back to watching Dancing With the Stars or The Food Network or something, because I'm about to tell it like it is...
I will be turning 38 in less than two months. I gave birth to one child, just over three years ago, I've always had a fairly easy time being a woman in the reproductive organ department. Some women have a really hard time - horrible periods, migraines, constipation, IBS, hormonal fluctuations, yeast infections, infertility, fibroids... the list goes on and on. It ain't always easy owning a vagina and I, for one, have been very fortunate to have a fairly text book health record.
However, I was recently talking to a friend who is the same age as me, and we were commiserating about how weird our periods have been in our late 30s and she said, "We are so peri menopausal." WHAT?! Really? Is it that time already? As if the fact that my 20th high school reunion is this weekend wasn't bad enough. Now I have to think about being peri menopausal. Great.
At this point, I'd gladly give away my uterus. Too bad there's not a market for that organ, I'd have it on Amazon right now. I'm done using it and it's causing me nothing but pain and inconvenience for the first time since junior high. My cramps are the worst they've been in years, my period lasts for about a thousand days and I bleed like I've been stabbed in the vagina with a bowie knife. Multiple times. You know how off-putting it is to be in Wal Mart trying to find the BIGGEST tampons in the world? It's almost as equally as off-putting as having to pay for a warehouse flat of said gigantic tampons each month.
So I decided to Google "symptoms of peri menopause" and apparently, it's just the same damn symptoms I've been having since I first got my period a thousand years ago. Here are some of the old faves:
- Lumpy or tender breasts
- Water retention, bloating
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression, irritability
- Stress and extreme fatigue
Really? Well if this is the case, I've been peri menopausal for quite some time I guess.
Women have always been treated like wilting hysterics and it's time, for me at least, to just embrace the face that moving towards the middle of life (ACK!) will bring some changes. I needn't be so shocked or bothered by it all. Let's just face it: Being emotional and somewhat off center - both physically and emotionally - at any given time, is just a NORMAL part of being female. And this is part of what makes life exciting. Period. Pun completely intended.
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