I was one of the lucky women who didn’t experience horrible menstrual cramps or raging PMS. Now, Mulder and my children might disagree on the PMS thing but, this is my story and their input has not been requested.
Nature is of course a woman and therefore a bitch. Going from the “mother to crone” part, she decided that since my “maiden/mother” part was so easy, she was going to kick my ass with the becoming a crone part. I began to have hot flashes and the ever delightful, night sweats in my early 40’s.
My hormones (I assume) were in constant battle. If the government drafted menopausal women to fight wars, we’d win hands down. I was angry, mad, happy, sad, homicidal, hot, sweaty, weepy, busy, lazy. Basically, you name an emotion and I was experiencing it. Usually in rotation every 5 minutes. On top of all this, I still got my period EVERY FUCKING MONTH until I turned 50. Then it stopped. Just like that. Like someone turned off the faucet.
Some women face menopause with dread and a deep sense of loss. They feel they’ve lost their purpose because they can’t reproduce. They are afraid of hair growing in weird places, drying skin, drying hair, wrinkles and a hundred other things. Not me.
I discover after about 6 months of officially being post-menopausal I truly felt liberated. I refused to take HRT so I use and still do natural supplements. They work fairly well and IMO are safer. There are amazing face/body cleansers, toners and moisturizers for the dry skin and wrinkles. Surgery is an option. You know there’s great products for hair, too. I discovered I was more comfortable with my body. I never was a Playboy model and I realized I never would be and I couldn’t have cared less. My body is good, not perfect, but it’s soft, curvy and welcoming. And the best part, for me, was finding how sexual I was becoming.
Was it the freedom from birth control and knowing that I could never, ever have another child? I don’t know. I just know that my libido increased as well as my curiosity about sex and all things sexual. I purchased my very first vibrator at the age of 50 ½. That “Rabbit” is well-used and has been joined with a whole batch of sister vibrators, dildos, eggs, butt plugs – you name it, I’ve probably got it! I want to try new positions, spanking, some bondage. I found I enjoy sex much more and in turn have it more.
My hot flashes and night sweats are diminishing. I still have those moments of irrational anger and weepiness but I chalk them up to “Phantom PMS.” I never once was sad about becoming a crone. I have to be glad that Mother Nature decided that since she made me suffer for so many years in peri-menopause that she cut me some slack when it was over and made me way too sexy. THAT’S a really, really good thing! Right? Isn't the saying, "You never can get too much of a good thing!"
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