(Closed) Menopause Question for the Older Bees

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Sounds like you may be in perimenopause, the phase prior to actual meno.  It can last for quite a few years & it was a real roller coaster.  Just as you describe and add in major mood swings and irritability.

I don’t think having kids has much to do with it–my doctor emphasized genetics.  What ages did your mom, sister, etc go through menopause?  

IMO, peri was a million times worse than actual menopause, which was a breeze.  I don’t look, act, dress or feel my age.  Of course, some credit goes to talented cosmetic surgeons : ).

You will handle it just fine.  You’re probably in the worst of it right now.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

I don’t have advice to give, but I’m anxious to hear responses because women I know NEVER talk about it and it’s a huge mystery to me. I’m 47 and have a clockwork-like cycle and have never experienced anything unusual, so I’m dying to know from real women what to expect or look out for.

Good luck, Bee. I hope you find the answers you seek.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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alamana:  Yup, peri menopause. And Yup, it can last a looong time. My understanding of when menopause actually comes is more like when your mom got it. Got it, sounds like a disease! Lol! Went through it??

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yes, you can go into menopause a little earlier if you didn’t have kids because when you’re pregnant you’re not ovulating.  I am 47 and have been in menopause for a decade, no kids.  I was early because of having ovarian cysts requiring surgery.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lawandbeauty53:  Dang, all the women I work with talk about it a LOT! Periods will change. Heavier, less heavy, longer, shorter, weirder. There can be sleeplessness, lower sex drive, mood swings, and peeing when you laugh. Yaaaay! Yippeeee! Wahoooo!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Menopause is when you’ve actually stopped menstruating for one full year. Peri menopause is the road to menopause. Haha!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

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RedHeadKel:  Thank you! No woman in my family has made it to a natural menopause due to serious fibroids requiring hysterectomies. I wanted to be the first, but alas, I’m going to give up the pain, anemia, crazy bleeding and now (a pregnant stomach, when I’ve had a flat stomach my whole life). I’m going to get the hysterectomy too when I get back from Italy. 🙁

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lawandbeauty53:  Well you’re “in luck”! Because if you keep your ovaries you may still get hot flashes and other stuff. Woo hoo! Sorry about the fibroids, I hear those are very painful. But Italy sounds like a blast!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

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RedHeadKel:  Lord, being a woman is just a heap of fun….and so I hear now from you it gets even better?  Yay, me!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Having been through it, it sounds like the onset of perimenopause. You’re at the right age for things to start changing.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

I wonder if it’s some kind of cultural taboo. Even my sisters won’t talk about this, yet some women are so open and matter of fact about their experiences. 

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alamana:  Yes!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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alamana:  I am 52 and my periods are fairly regular. I never had children. But I get very sick during my periods, my body bloats beyond recognition and I just want to sleep. I probably should have done something by now but I keep hoping it will end soon

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lawandbeauty53:  Good times LOL! I guess I’m lucky. I have a small family, but the women are open about their stuff. Plus all the sharing at work.

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alamana:  Yes, on the pee thing. Quite possibly it’s related to perimenopause. It also happens with women who have had hysterectomies. I think there might be a couple remedies out there. Boo. Sucks to be a woman sometimes. Men have it so easy.

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