March 4, 2010

Perimenopause Survey

Well it has been a while, but here I am again and this time, the time is shorter.
Only 25 days in this last cycle. Boy was I surprised! I so was not expecting things so soon.

I found a ‘quiz’ about perimenopause-

1. My period has been missing or heavier during the last few cycles.
          70% said YES              I said YES

2. When I sleep , I wake up hot and sweaty, need to use the bathroom or just don't feel well-rested in the morning.
          77% said YES              I said YES

3. My skin has been noticeably drier or more oily lately.
          65% said YES              I said NO, but I may have to rethink that. My skin has always been a combination so it is hard to say for sure.

4. I've recently noticed heart palpitations or flutters.
          52% said YES              I said NO

5. I find myself running to the bathroom more than I used to.
          56% said YES              I said NO, but again maybe I should rethink that. I have been consuming a whole lot more liquids lately- but don’t seem to be peeing more.
Hmm, maybe something is wrong with me? -lol-

6. Sex hasn't been what it used to be during the last six months or so.
          58% said YES              I said NO, lucky me!!!

7. My most recent cholesterol reading was worse than my last one.
          76% said NO                I said NO, but I really do not know for sure and perhaps a lot of people answering this really don’t know either so I am not buying these numbers.
What I do know is that my last physical and the one before that, they told me that what ever it was that I was doing, keep doing it cuz it works. They said my cholesterol was way below the average healthy, but not to the point is was so low that is was unhealthy.

8. My skin feels like creepy crawling things are on it sometimes.
          57% said NO                I said NO

9. I've experienced more irritability, depression or mood swings lately.
          81% said YES              I said YES, but that could be just life…yea, right, who am I fooling

10. I've had more urinary tract or yeast infections in the last six months.
          79% said NO                I said YES, but I extended past 6 months when answering. I have never been prone to UTIs in all my life and I was never a good water drinker, I hold it until the last minute and so on. But never had a problem until about 2 years ago. I have had three UTIs over that period of time.
As for the other people- I think they lied.

How do you fit in to this little quiz?

The end results said that I am NOT….what??? Then how do you explain the crazy cycles? I have been 28 days on the dot for over 28 years and now I can’t track time by my periods to save my life.
I guess I am missing some key factors like the things crawling on my skin.
Oh well, time will tell.

Namaste Fellow Females

Menopause- It is when a woman no longer ovulates and menstruates. Premenopause- It is when a woman’s body begins to wane in her fertility. The average age of onset is late 40’s to early 50’s, but some will experience the onset as early as 35. The waning process can be a year to several years, 5 or more for some. A woman is actually in menopause when she has gone one full year with out menstruating. Let me introduce this blog by saying that creating this blog has been inspired by what sure seems like the very early stages of transition from Mother to Crone. I may or may not be starting this process, but the events that inspired me to start this are quite interesting on a metaphysical level as well as a mundane one.