It took perimenopause to bring me to my knees in my early 40s, before I knew what it meant to have hormone imbalance issues.
My years of fertility were easy years. I never struggled to conceive children....even though I didn't begin having them until I was close to 40 years old, having my last one at nearly 43.
PMS was something that other women suffered with. Unpredictable cycles? No way! I often joked that my cycles were so regular that God could set the clock of the universe by them. I had it that good.
Until perimenopause came along.
So, I guess life and mother nature always finds a way to humble you and perimenopause certainly did just that. I was an absolute raving lunatic with mood swings, rages, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, vertigo, hot flashes, night sweats and erratic, flooding, blood-clot laden menstrual cycles.
I thought God was punishing me for all those years I so harshly judged women who suffered with their menstrual cycles, thinking they had just had attitude problems - not problems with their cycles!
I've passed through those turbulent years and now count myself among the proud, the not so few, the women of menopause. But, I've learned a great deal about how much women suffer with their health, especially their hormone health.
Because of my experience, I started blogging about perimenopause at my blog, The Perimenopause Blog to take up the cause of women who also suffer as I did.
I have a deep passion and desire to help women understand perimenopause and how it affects their bodies. My graduate work is in the field of health & human development with a focus on healthcare consumer advocacy for women's health issues.
I plan to continue speaking up on behalf of women and championing their causes as it pertains to hormone health & wellness.