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Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow
Here’s a little known tidbit. About 90% of women experience four to eight years of irregular periods before menopause. Yup, you read that right.

This is going to sound strange, but I couldn’t wait for menopause. My Mom made it look so simple. Skip a few periods and then go 12 months without a period, and voila! Done! I could definitely handle that.

Unless you’re one of those lucky women like my Mom (and if you are, I’d strongly suggest keeping it to yourself unless you want every jealous, mad menopausal woman hating you) get ready to hang on for one wild ride.

Here’s a little known tidbit. About 90% of women experience four to eight years of irregular periods before menopause. Yup, you read that right.

Throw your calendar out the window, girls. If you’re like me, and were blessed with periods regular as rain most your life, kiss those days good-bye.

Don’t shoot the messenger, but here’s the brutal truth. I won’t sugar coat it. When the first menopausal symptoms arrived, maybe you assumed Mother Nature would space your periods farther and farther apart until they finally sputter and die a natural death. That makes WAY too much sense and would be WAY too easy. No, menopause has more evil plans in mind. Sometimes your periods come more often – much more often. Or maybe they won’t.

In other words, gone are the sensible days of knowing when your monthly visitor would come a-calling. Forget planning a vacation with the assurance you won’t have your ‘friend’ along. Once perimenopause hits, this unwelcome visitor can interrupt your life every two weeks or maybe you won’t see your friend for six months. Your guess is as good as mine.

How long will your menstrual cycle last? Maybe two days or maybe two weeks. Who knows? Will you spot a little or have a period so heavy you can’t leave the house? No telling. Menopause is just going to mess with you. There’s no rhyme or reason to this fun process. The feminine hygiene industry must be getting rich from us menopausal women with feminine products serving as constant companions and insurance policies.

And that’s not all. Well maybe I shouldn’t go there, but … what they hey, let’s go there. If you’ve been reading my blogs, we’re BFFs by now anyway. So here it goes. Once again, I hope my poor proper Mom never sees this.

With less progesterone to regulate the growth of the endometrium, the uterine lining may become thicker before it is shed which can result in VERY heavy periods. And if you have fibroid tumors which are fueled by estrogen (along with polyps, in my case), you’ll experience something similar to the first of the 10 plagues. Stock up on those super-size tampons and make an appointment to see your gynecologist now because menopause can give a whole new meaning to the phrase “go with the flow.” We’re talking the Red Sea. Yup, a Wes Craven movie in your pants. I know, ugh, the jokes are getting gross and I think I heard my Mom faint from 10 miles away, so let’s move on.

As you can imagine, after years of this, I just wanted menopause to be over. I became worse than my grandkids on a car trip. “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Once I went a whole nine months without a period. Just when I was doing the happy dance and preparing to sell all my feminine hygiene products to the highest bidder, guess who came to call. Mother Nature has one mean sense of humor.

So the bad news first: perimenopause and irregular periods can last anywhere from two years if you’re fortunate to a torturous 10 years if you’re like me. The good news: once you miss your period for more than three months, you’ll probably stop menstruation altogether within a year. The great news: once you get through this you never have to use a feminine hygiene product again!

Baby boomers who want to learn more about finding their bliss, can visit Julie’s blog at www.babyboomerbliss.net.   

 

About Julie Gorges

Julie Gorges enjoys writing as a creative way to express her feelings, share her warped sense of humor, bare her soul, and hopefully inspire and educate her readers on important subjects like menopause mania. She's the author of three books, has had hundreds of articles published in magazines and newspapers, and won three journalism awards while working as a newspaper reporter. You can enjoy Julie's own blog at www.babyboomerbliss.net.

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