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Change is good, even 'the' change...

Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 2:23 PM

I am finding that I am lagging behind others my age and it bothers me a bit.

The majority of my girlfriends that are close to my age have all experienced the change from being a woman of the so called child bearing years to finally free from the fear of having a child and all of the other so called extra baggage that goes along with the child bearing years. I, on the other hand have yet to experience a hot flash that is consistent of going through the inevitable menopausal years. One day I found that I was more flushed than normal; I was so excited, but once I sat and thought about it I was wearing too many layers of clothing on a day where only one was needed.

Another change associated with menopause is that one may experience lack of sleep. I'm not much of a sleeper, so maybe that change will go the other direction in my case. I am lucky to get a good five hours of sleep a night and couldn't imagine getting much less.

Mood changes are another sign of becoming a so called "woman of age." Once a month women experience mood changes caused by the puberty curse, so what they are telling us is that these mood changes will become worse and would happen more often? Hmm, not sure if that would really change with me or not? I do have a few moments of becoming more emotional but the grumpiness really doesn't apply.

One thing that has become apparent to me is the change in my waist size. It seems that a woman's waist expands a bit while entering her menopausal years. Perhaps finally there is a sign on my part that I may be beginning the trek to becoming a middle age lady free from the monthly quirks that plague a younger chick. But on the other hand, my waist has been expanding for the past three years and I attribute that as a drawback to holding a desk job.

Other signs of menopausal women are thinner skin, achy joints and memory problems. Although it pains me to type and I can't remember where I had left off... I'm fully prepared to join my other friends in becoming more than just the same age. I feel a bit left out!

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