My body has been doing some strange things lately, and I’ve begun to wonder if I’m entering the perimenopause zone.
- I am gaining weight.
- I want to eat all the salty things, all day long.
- TMI alert: My period has shortened from an ever constant 28 days for the past 25 years to 21-25 days. And this last go ’round was only two weeks. This sucks as much as you think it might.
- My hormones are all over the place. I am angry. I am impatient. I cry. I am happy. I am sentimental. I cry. You name it- I am IT. I am a HOT MESS.
- Speaking of hot, I am hot. No hot flashes but I just feel warm all the time, especially when I get out of bed in the morning. I have to crank the AC down for about 30 minutes and then I am fine. Yes, I know it’s Summer but this has been going on for a few months. What’s up with that?
- I feel tired all of the time. That’s not true, but I just feel like I have less energy and tonight at bedtime, my middle child quipped at me: Mom, you are ALWAYS tired.
I turned 43 years old in May.
Am I already starting menopause?
Hold on…..let me check Dr. Google.
This is what WebMD had to say about Perimenopause.
Women in perimenopause have at least some these symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Breast tenderness
- Worse premenstrual syndrome
- Lower sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex
- Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
- Urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate more frequently)
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
Apparently, it is definitely in the realm of possibilities that I have begun menopause, also known as peri-menopause. Of course, I am not going to solely rely on Dr. Google and WebMD. I will be placing a call to my woman doctor to set up an appointment as soon as I can. I am overdue in that department- yay for for pap smears and mammograms (related: sarcasm). Before anyone beats me up on being behind on this all important yearly appointment, I am right on time for my mammogram (have one every year since turning 40) and I only skipped last year on the pap smear front. See- not *too* bad.
I love being a woman but sometimes being a woman can suck it.
You can take that all the way to the bank.
Speak to me, all ye women oF menopaus-ing age. Go ahead, diagnose me over the internet. Have I started the *change*? What else do I have to look forward to?
As in any difficult situation I encounter, I ask myself, is this any worse or harder than giving birth twice naturally, with no drugs?
Nah. I can handle it
although my husband might not be able to handle my mood swings.
Soldier on, fierce women.
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