On average menopause starts at age 52 and goes until age 54.Â And that can vary a great deal â€“ starting much earlier and lasting for as long as ten years â€“ itâ€™s really anyoneâ€™s guess.Â I will never know when menopause would have started for me because I went into surgical menopause at the age of 48.Â About a year ago I asked my doctor if I was past menopause.Â He said there was no sure way to tell because I supplement hormones so some of the changes that would be expected wonâ€™t occur unless I stop supplementing them.Â And Iâ€™m not about to do that.
Right after surgery they put me on the transdermal patch so that I wouldnâ€™t go cold turkey without any means of producing estrogen (they had removed my uterus, ovaries and cervix).Â We never found out until over a year later but the estrogen wasnâ€™t getting into my bloodstream.Â I actually did fairly well during that potentially dark time.Â No close friends, relatives or co-workers were murdered with an ax.Â I didnâ€™t pull any day long crying jags â€“ or any crying jags for that matter.Â What did happen was that I felt old.Â And it wasnâ€™t a good feeling.Â I wasnâ€™t me.
Once the blood test revealed that the patch wasnâ€™t working for me (why didnâ€™t I have that blood test sooner!!!) Â I quickly pursued another course of action.Â And once I was on the right level of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone for me â€“ I started getting younger again.Â So whew, I was over the worst of it.Â Right?
Well, then there was that pesky old weight gain.Â Was it all the fault of menopause or was it my thyroid issues.Â Iâ€™ll never really know for sure.Â But thanks to some serious dieting (and letâ€™s face it this is not the first time Iâ€™ve chunked up and had to get serious on a diet) Iâ€™m over that phase as well â€“ at least for now.
And today Iâ€™m 54.Â So Iâ€™m going to assume that Iâ€™m past menopause and ready to take stock.Â Itâ€™s been a journey.Â Iâ€™ve traveled to the land of old and then stopped off in the land of fat and now Iâ€™m back.Â And what happens when youâ€™re back?Â Itâ€™s like someone put you in a time machine and took you back to when you really were younger.Â Thereâ€™s a bounce in your step and a gleam in your eye.Â You know it and other people comment about it.Â It feels good.Â And itâ€™s a huge relief to know that you can still feel good about yourselfÂ – like you used to way back when.
Happy Birthday to me!Â And look out!