Menopause is a universal experience for women (eventually), 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. If you’d rather tell your story anonymously, let us know.
Our goal is to make menopause more mainstream, something we can talk about without whispering. Read about our menopause mission here.
Here we feature the story of a retired human resources director in Chicago.
When did you go into menopause?
Still going through it at 59. I have not hit a year without a period yet.
What did you know about menopause before you hit it?
I knew there were hot flashes and your period ends.
What you wish you had known?
The mood swings and anxiety that also comes with it. Many would say they lost their sex drive, and I did not think that would happen to me, but it did happen literally overnight.
Most vexing aspect of menopause?
It is not discussed openly among people, and it is a big deal. It is different for everyone. For me, the mood swings are very difficult. I feel sometimes like I felt as a teenager, moody, and up and down. The anxiety is also very difficult. I am still trying to deal with it.
Not having a period.
How did you treat the uncomfortable parts of menopause?
I was on bio-identical hormones for a year. My period started again, but not regularly. It stopped the hot flashes, but the moodiness was still there. I read that it only delayed what was going to come eventually so I stopped. I am still trying to deal with all the symptoms by eating healthy, exercise, yoga, and meditation.
Most memorable menopause story?
I was interviewing a young man at work (I was a human resources director, am now retired) and had a hot flash. He did not know what was going on, and I just had to shorten up the interview to get through it.
Three words to describe your menopause experience?
Sad. Anxious. Difficult.