Remember when you were a young girl and your mother had “the talk” with you? Were you mortified, confused and thought your mother was basically crazy to think THAT was going to happen to your body? Well, it did and you survived. But decades later no one was discussing The 2nd Talk. The menopause talk.
What are the symptoms, what can we expect to happen to our bodies and how does it affect our families even?
For me personally there are four in my family all living in the same house and we were used to the normalcy of keeping the house a certain temperature. But, one day things began to change. I would secretly turn the thermostat cooler in the house and still be irritable that I was warm.
Then those looks at me started. You know the ones…
It’s happening again to mom, run!
See, I live in what I call “The Testosterone Home” – my husband and two sons in their early 20’s. Being the only female in the house all these years, I’m used to getting those looks from my family for some reason or another, but the looks were coming at me more frequently and often accompanied by smirks and wonder of what was going on with mom. Menopause was hitting, and living in a house of men, there certainly isn’t going to be sympathy and understanding.
Besides hot flashes other changes started happening, not as quickly or dramatic as a hot flash, but just as annoying, were those pesky hairs appearing where they never were before and certainly shouldn’t be! Why does the hair on the head thin, but then show up on the chin? It’s a phenomenon that can drive us crazy trying to figure it out.
There are these and so many other symptoms of menopause that we just never talked about. It’s time to start sharing our experiences with each other so that we can be better prepared for menopause and get the support we all need. I encourage you to join the 2nd talk presented by Poise. Visit the2ndtalk.com and share your stories about experiencing or anticipating menopause. Once you have, come back here and tell me what you said and you are entered in for a chance to win a “Hot Flash Prize Pack” including a $50 gift card and Poise products.
Disclosure: This is a paid post, courtesy of Poise. All views and opinions expressed here are my own.