Back in July I wrote a blog post about the Poise “The 2nd Talk” program encouraging women to be open about menopausal changes. I got lots of marvelous feedback from readers from that post, so when Poise asked if I would like to continue to be part of their campaign encouraging women to talk about menopause, I jumped on the bandwagon. I think women can learn so much from each other, and having “The 2nd Talk” is something we all need to do.
Since I originally wrote about this, things have changed a bit for me. At that time, I explained that I had a hysterectomy, went on hormone replacement medication and unsuccessfully tried to go off the medication. This fall I tried again to go off the hormone medication. I felt more confident to give it a try because I knew Poise had come out with some new products, including Roll-On Cooling Gel, Personal Lubricant, Feminine Wash, Body Cooling Towelettes, and Panty Fresheners that might help if I did run into some problems.
After consulting with my doctor, I moved to the lowest dose of medication. After doing that for two months, I moved to just half of a pill. After six months, I went off all medication. I waited for the menopausal symptoms to kick in…Last time I tried, the feminine dryness had me convinced I had a case of a neverending yeast infection so bad that I couldn’t stand it. Last time the mood swings weren’t any fun either. Little did I know that each of those problems were menopausal symptoms. I talked to my family and let them know about my change in medication, asking that they talk to me if they noticed anything different about me.
A day passed. All was well. Two days passed; still okay. Then a week and then a month, and now it’s been three months. I’ve waited and waited for the mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness. Amazingly, I have not had any menopausal symptoms.
When I talked to my doctor about going off the medication and she asked how I was feeling, the best way I could describe it was that I just have a “new normal.” I honestly don’t have typical symptoms. I can say that I think I cry a little easier, and I am also warmer. I used to ALWAYS have cold feet in the winter. I would sometimes wear two pairs of socks and slippers, but not anymore. I don’t have hot flashes, though; I’m just warmer in general.
How about you? Where are you at in this stage of life? Past it all? Worried that menopause is coming? In the “heat” of things? Poise has a great website that can answer many of the questions you might have. They even have coupons and free samples there. Poise truly wants to help you cross over into a new stage of life.
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