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Who, me? Menopausal?

Shocking!!!! How could a woman as young as I be menopausal? Never mind that I was 51. That was my first inkling. No hot flashes (that I was aware of), insomnia, mood swings...

I never even considered being menopausal because I never ever stopped to think about how old I was, really. My periods stopped with early surgery so I didn't have that clue.

I have always forged ahead (foolishly sometimes) and done things that interested me; never mind most of my activities were in the world of males only and I was always older than everybody to boot. Yes, I have had first-hand experience with male resentment when a woman thinks she's smart enough to do a man's work. I was so naive that it never occurred to me that the guys wouldn't like it when I showed up.

So, the way I discovered I was menopausal was when I got "tennis elbow" (that's what the doc called it when I went to check things out). I figured I had cancer of the bone at the very least. We always think the very worst don't we?

I was attending computer coding classes at the time (at the age of 51), carrying heavy books to class every day and a heavy purse looped over my right elbow with a big, old-fashioned, heavy tape recorder in it. Stressed the heck out of that elbow. The doc X-rayed the elbow, assured me I didn't have cancer and recommended that I go back to my GYN surgeon (the one who had performed my partial hysterectomy at the age of 41) and get some hormone replacement.

Shocking!!!! How could a woman as young as I be menopausal? Never mind that I was 51. That was my first inkling. No hot flashes (that I was aware of), insomnia, mood swings, etc. Nada!

So, I trotted back to the surgeon and got my Premarin and Provera (I knew NOTHING of natural hormones at that point). I have been "replacing" ever since—only now its natural micronized triple estrogen plus progesterone and testosterone.

Gypsy
Leeds, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated  05/15/2010