Age and stage issues
Monday, March 26, 2012
To be honest this perimenopausal thing is starting to get me down.
- I am moody
- my periods are all over the place (no sooner has one finished and i get another!) contributing to the above
- I've been losing my cool at work (see above)
- I'm sick of getting thrush before each period, made worse by having so many of them!
- don't know if I'm losing weight or not as continually seem to be fighting menstrual bloat
- I just don't seem in control any more
So today I have bought a menopausal supplement to take and a thrush support thing to take as well as the probiotics I already use daily. Have gotten the contact details of a friend's gynecologist so might pay her a visit to see if she can help.
46 just seems to young for all this carry on, and I feel especially ripped off since I was unable to have kids in the first place! It all just seems like a big waste of time and just doesn't seem fair!
Anybody else been the and done that (all you younger folk are excused) and can make any recommendations?
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The longer I live, the less I think we really know about how hormones operate in the body at all!
We seem to start out with these well-synchronized systems that then start to "break down" with age or illness. But I'm starting to see my own (middle aged) body as something that deserves to be listened to a lot better. We've not be taught to listen to it so well when we're younger--we're just too busy, and there are too many outside distractions. So maybe middle age is a point when we accumulate both shifts in the body with the things we've tended to ignore in the past. If we're lucky, maybe we can be kinder to ourselves, listen to the body's language, share wisdom with our friends, and love these bodies a little bit better.
Will this approach work over time? I can't speak from long experience, since I'm just living it one day at a time right now 8-). But, as for me, I DO feel like I'm getting better at paying attention, and being a little more patient. I feel like I'm re-learning now what babies must learn -- how to breathe, eat, sleep, move. And how to provide self-care. I'm not as good as a baby might be at the first part, but have a whole lot more ways to provide myself the second...8-)
Hang in there, and go for that help, however it makes sense for you and your very own body 8-)
2276 days ago
I don't know about this personally, but my mom started "the change" VERY EARLY. She was only about 36-38. She hated it, was so out of control moody, and I can remember her trying every natural answer under the sun - including rubbing Wild Yam Cream on her tummy!!!!! She was desperate! She's 50 now and has been done for quite some time. It's got to be awful, and I hope you feel better sooner rather than later. I have had to deal with the thrush you talk about and I have tried to learn to stay away from sweets and starchy stuff as it makes it worse- something that I normally CRAVE around my period... UGH!
2276 days ago
Comment edited on: 3/27/2012 10:55:18 AM
Began peri-meno at 39 and last period was at 47... the upside to menopause is those crazy periods will stop (duh), and you won't miss them. I also felt like my crazy mood swings really mellowed out. Rodale Press has a really good everything you want to know about Meno book. Hang in there!
2277 days ago
I know where your coming from,been there done that. I was 40 when I first started the misery of dealing with these things. Things will get better, unfortunately it will take time. It will help if you see a gynecologist or gynecology nurse to help you get to the rough spots and to answer any questions you may have. A healthy diet will also help. I had a lot of trouble with my hormones running wild. I got some excellent counseling and guidance from a great gynecology nurse. I am now 58.
2277 days ago
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