When I was treated for cancer, they said that the chemo would bring on menopause earlier than I would have experienced normally.
I'm now in the throes of perimenopause (Source: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/perimenopause):
The period of a woman's life characterized by physiological changes associated with the end of reproductive capacity and terminating with the completion of menopause. Also called climacteric.
- Hot flashes, night sweats, coldness
- Irregular periods that can be heavy, light, shorter or longer cycles
- Difficulty sleeping either getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability
- Heart palpitations (if you experience any heart disturbances, always consult a physician)
- Dry skin and/or hair loss
- Loss of or decreased sexual desire
- Vaginal dryness
- Incontinence -- the inability to hold your urine
Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability
Mood changes that occur for a reason are easy to cope with:
- Someone dies, you are sad.
- Someone is careless and breaks your late mother's vase, you are angry.
- You win the lottery, you are happy.
- You failed an exam, you feel depressed.
- You get to spend the afternoon reading a book, you are content.
- And so on...
- Woe-is-me thoughts while you sit in the shade of a tree on a beautiful sunny day watching your children play happily.
- Having a complete tantrum because someone didn't pick up that sock.
- Having a teary meltdown because you broke a nail.
Do you have any experience with any of the above symptoms? If so, what do you do to cope?
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