It All Starts with M.E.N.

Menstruate, menopause, mental. All start with "men", go figure.

Do you remember your mother going through the change? It was like a taboo topic,a sign of old age and you just didn't talk about it. My mother had a hysterectomy in her early forties so I can't really ask about certain details. Plus she may exaggerate details..she's like that.

But we all saw the symptoms. Hot flashes, mood swings,weight gain etc. But no one talked about it. You were considered old.

Fast forward to today. It's an open subject with thousands of books and articles. There's nothing to hide. There are even support groups. And everyone may relate to the symptoms, yet not all are alike.

As a teenage girl,some earlier than that,you start menstruating, enduring the body changes that come with it as you transition into a woman. This goes on for about 30 years more or less. In between you may have children. Another toll on your body. Your body is resilient. It withstands all the physical changes. And before you know it, you start to feel the effects of perimenopause...menopause. Is there no relief? We are the weaker vessel? I think not!

So how many of you are menopausing? Are you having the night sweats? Do you get hot flashes? Are you moody, irritated? Mostly for no reason... Are you sleeping? Have you gained weight? Are you drinking more wine than usual? I'm sure there are lots of symptoms.

I have a fan on my night table, sleep in spaghetti straps and spend my nights covering and uncovering myself. Hot flashes come and go as quickly as they come. Irritated? Very... don't even ask Jack. Sometimes at dinner, I sit across from the 2 men in my house, I have a hot flash. My statement is usually, "I'm so hot"... they simply look at me like I have 2 heads. They're not hot. They just don't get it. Men don't get it. They think they do but they don't.

How long is this phase of life? It's starting to get on my nerves! Having a hysterectomy this year just pushed me straight to the front of the line. Not the kind I was excited to get to. Some days it feels like you're going mental. And there it is... the 3 M.E.N.'s. LOL


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