I know I come off as the Pollyanna of menopause—fervently and forever championing the great change. But I do want to acknowledge the struggles of my younger sisters. Perimenopause is no picnic. Many unfortunate women have struggled through years of discomfort and pain. For those of you who are suffering, I strongly suggest you get help from friends, doctors or even the Internet.
The physical reasons behind all of that bodily turmoil are well documented. Gail Sheehy, the author of a number of books focusing on life passages, tells us that estrogen is involved in a minimum of three hundred processes within the female body. So, it only stands to reason, when its levels are running amok with major fluctuations, many of the functions that were operating smoothly for thirty or so years are thrown into hormonal bedlam.
We ladies of a certain age know only too well the disruptions and tolls taken upon our bodies’ abilities to sleep, control temperature, manage moods, and various additional less than fun features of the experience.
So, to my sisters in the midst of this peri-menopausal madness, I do want you to take heart. This too shall pass and there will be happier times ahead. Take it from one who’s been there and definitely done that—hormonal peace, emotional equilibrium, old dame confidence, and a renewed zest for life are waiting for you just around the menopausal bend. I promise you’ll be hotter than ever—just minus the flashes!