By the time women’s perimenopause begins in our late forties to early fifties, we have experienced three to four decades of shifting hormones and the cramping, bloating, headaches, weight gain, sleep disturbances, migraines, and mood swings that come with it. Many of us are relieved by the finality that menopause signals. That said, women who wanted to be biological mothers may feel deep grief as this door closes.
I have also experienced this sudden intolerance of the "misogynistic microaggressions" I had simply shrugged and put up with most of my life. And last week, when I bumped my head hard on an overhanging shelf, then immediately proceeded to pinch my hand in a paint roller (??) I had a momentary outburst of rage that absolutely terrified my husband--so much so that he didn't bring it up for several days. Poor guy, haha! I hadn't considered either of those as hormonally based, but your words make sense.
I actually have a humorous (plus a little angry) rant about menopause ready to hit my own Substack tomorrow morning--Tuesday, Oct. 3. 'Tis the season, I guess. Thanks for the consistently great content here.
I’d definitely be interested in a monthly cohort!