I’ll admit it, menopause has been knocking on my door and since I’ve no choice but to let her come on in, I’ve noticed we are saving a small fortune on our heating bill – but my husband (and the dog) is freezing!
Menopause is a right of passage for women once we reach a certain biological maturity level, and it varies in intensity and duration. WebMD.com says, “There are a number of factors that affect a woman’s age at menopause, but one is more important than any other: the age her mother experienced menopause.” While some women begin menopause as early as 40 years old, at 50 (um, cough, cough) I am statistically… average. If statistics hold up and I take after my mother, I shouldn’t experience the symptoms for very long, though some women go through the “change” for years.
After doing some research I have realized that I’m not quite there yet, as menopause is defined as the absence of a woman’s menstrual period for 12 months, but the anniversary – without a doubt – will someday arrive.
This gradual transition is referred to as perimenopause and symptoms include abnormal periods, hot flashes and mood changes. Of course, I have had NO mood changes; just ask my husband!
Visiting my doctor recently, I mentioned that I thought I was beginning to have menopausal symtoms. He glanced at my chart, surely to calculated my age, and quickly agreed with me.
So, it has now been confirmed, there is a reason our heating bills have gone down this year.
Also, if you see me out and about and I’m not quite acting myself, well, let’s just say that I’m learning how to age gracefully.