Courtesy of Menonewmom.blogspot.com
One thing I don’t write about that often is the reality of menopause and how it really affects women. With a blog name like Menopausal New Mom, every now and then I need to include information on the real deal with Menopause.
Oh sure, we’ve all heard about hot flashes, night sweats and the celebration of no more monthly cycles but the reality of menopause from one woman to another is as diverse as one pregnancy to another. Some women sail through menopause like it’s no big deal. Just a few hot flashes, a few extra pounds around the middle and it’s back to business as usual.
But for some, menopause can be debilitating. The hot flashes can be so frequent and so uncomfortable, the only relief comes in the form of hormone replacement. I fall into that category (along with the extra pounds around the middle) but I also suffered from terrible mood swings. Luckily for me, the hormone replacement took care of most of my symptoms and menopause has been clear sailing since.
Then there are those who have such severe symptoms before, during and after menopause, they don’t know where to turn. Let’s face it, discussing menopause over coffee has not been at the top of the list of what women talk about. Is it embarrassment? Is it denial? Is admitting we are struggling with menopause confirmation of weakness? Is a society so obsessed with age at the root of why we don’t want to admit even to our closest friends we are menopausal?
Whatever the reason or excuse, women need to be informed. We now live during a time where the average woman will spend nearly 50% of her entire life “post menopausal”. Times are changing and so are the ways we address menopause.
Let’s start the discussion, be honest and when we feel overwhelmed, let’s remember treatment can be as close as a “click”away!