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I can relate to Kim's experience, and add a happy chapter two.
I was remarried at age 44 with a sex drive that my husband said, most men would die for. By age 48 I was through menopause. I rapidly lost interest in physical intimacy altogether, and intercourse was so painful that I had to stop my husband in mid act.
My doctor suggested an estrogen cream that I only used 2 or 3 times. I rarely have any discomfort anymore. My husband's sex drive has slowed down so that we are again on the same page. Together we are working to rekindle our sex life, because we still can. We are healthy, active people and we know that an active sex life leads to better health in our golden years.
My issue now at age 55 is my memory loss. My mind is like lightning...one brilliant flash and it's gone! Every morning is truly a new day because I can't remember what I did yesterday. I don't stay angry very long because I can't remember what upset me in the first place. Going up and down the stairs multiple times in search of something, and then retracing my steps in hopes of remembering why I was looking for it in the first place is what I call, "My menopause exercise program."
I was very concerned in the beginning when I wasn't in control of what was happening to my body. But I have learned to laugh at myself and marvel at how amazing the mind is and the body that houses it.
I do hope women can find a way to cope until they regain some control, even if that means just accepting life as it is.

June 15, 2010 - 5:52pm


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