Through history, women have shared their experiences and solutions to pass along information they couldn’t get anywhere else. It’s not all that different today. Almost half of doctors admit they aren’t up to date on ways to ease the uncomfortable aspects of menopause. But we can do something about that.
With a boost from the Internet, we honor the tradition of women learning through sharing; we are compiling a collection of menopause stories, updated every week. It’s a universal experience for women, but no two women go through menopause the same way. If you’d like to tell us about your menopause experience, please answer eight questions here and include a photo of yourself.
When did you go into menopause?
What did you know about menopause before you hit it?
Just the horror stories I had heard passed around—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, dry skin, mood swings.
What you wish you had known?
Not everyone experiences the same things.
Most vexing aspect of menopause?
Brain fog, memory impairment.
It gave me the opportunity to look at myself in a different way. Yes I am getting older and there is no denying it but now what. Where to now?
How do/did you treat the uncomfortable parts of menopause?
Lots of compassion and self care. I take better care of myself now than I have my entire life.
Most memorable menopause story?
I have always been very cold natured. So I thought having hot flashes would be like a warm and cozy experience. Not. Often they would occur at night and I would wake up in a sweat and then get cold.
Three words to describe your menopause experience?
Mild, manageable, transitional.