The Men All Pause
Do you remember the song "The Men All Pause" by the group Klymaxx? If not, you can go here to refresh your memory. I may be dating myself, but back in the day I when I first heard the song I thought they were saying "The Menopause". As I really started to listen to it I realized that wasn't what they were really saying. Anyway, I started thinking about that song this past week. Why you ask. Well because I think I am perimenopausal.
Yes, this is a rather personal subject, but it's not like I'm the only woman going through this. As we get older, it's going to happen and we'll have to deal with it. I thought I had more time, but from what I've read, I don't. Perimenopause usually starts years before actual menopause and can last for up to 4 years. I also found out that perimenopause usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can also start in her 30s. So with that said, yeah, it's about time.
I came to this conclusion after I realized that the intense hotness I felt for no apparent reason was not just random. All of a sudden I was just hot. It was enveloping and I could feel this burning from the inside out. When I touched others they would look at me incredulously because I was amazingly hot. In fact, one person thought I had a fever. After it happened two more times I considered that it might be perimenopause. I'm not a doctor, but sometimes I feel as though I should be. I'm really good at self-diagnosis. Don't worry, I do go to the doctor to confirm, except this one time...but that's a story for another day.
If you're wondering how I feel about this (and even if you're not wondering, I"m going to tell you anyway) I feel fine. I'm not ill nor on my deathbed, I'm just getting older. It's time for my body to move to the next stage of life. Getting older is a blessing. It just means we are allowed more time on this earth with the people we love. My gray hair is a testament to my staying power and what knowledge and wisdom I have gained. To be honest, I can't say that I am looking forward to menopause, mainly because of the awful symptoms that it produces. I'm not going to act like it's not happening. I will try to embrace it as best I can.
You may be wondering if I consider my self old now. Well, to be fair you may not care, but again, i will tell you anyway. No, I do not. Old is a state of mind. Yes, I am older, but no, I am not old. I stay active and enjoy my life. I'm still very mobile and in my right mind, so I'm really good. Again, menopause is something that women have to go through. If you're lucky enough to live long enough to experience it, I think you should embrace that. Hey, maybe if we change the words to the song, we can have a menopause theme song. What do you think? If you have some lyrics you'd like to submit, that would be so awesome! I always love a good laugh!
Menopause...many don't discuss but great conversation! I remember my mother experiencing hot flashes we were much younger and we didn't understand actually we thought she was a little crazy as a mature woman now and a few hot sensations myself I now reflect on what my mother was going through. Thanks for sharing!
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