So, shocking news reports this week about why menopause seems endless. Simply put, it is endless. Really menopause? Really?
8 out of 10 middle-aged women already live through the holy hell that is hot flashes and night sweats. Imagine our delight that the “promised” short term of menopausal suffering is pretty much rainbows and unicorns.
The average is 7-ish years, which is plenty long. But docs now say that the euphemistically called “change” often lasts much longer.
Like fourteen years.
Yeah. Fourteen. Years.
Who knew? Oh. wait.
This was news that grabbed the ever-fleeting nee menopausal attention of women over a certain age. An age like oh, say, MINE.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association was based on seventeen years of data when researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, analyzed info from menopausal women. That must have been a fun job.
In a silver lining sorta way this is “told ya” confirmation for some of us. And by us, I mean those of us who have already been menopausal for over a decade. Nice to know that we aren’t actually as crazy as we seem.
Young women don’t kid your sweet young selves. Men count yourselves as lucky sons of guns. Before this news menopause already sucked. Everything about menopause sucked. Weight gain, loose jiggly skin, wild hormonal mood swings and memory loss. What’s not to love? For fourteen years.
Some women are lucky enough to go through menopause quickly. But the study found something else. In an especially vicious twist of fate the women who start menopause early also go through menopause longer.
How women respond to the inevitability of menopause defines us. Some of us turn bitter. Others find a way to quietly soldier on.
IMHO, the best thing about menopause of any length means laughing at ourselves. It’s really just more time to embrace the sisterhood of middle-aged women who are unafraid to laugh at themselves.
Let’s jiggle our skin, spanx up our tummies, and have another glass of wine.
Hey, “the change”… I’m LMAO.