It would seem that pre-menopause or peri-menopause consists of the actual symptoms preceding a cessation of monthly menstruation. So, menopause is when it's all actually over...which is where we are all pretty eager to get to, especially when experiencing the dreadful roller coaster to get there.
And the worst part for my dear friend is that she feels awful that she is causing irritation to those closest to her. In reality, those who love her the most just want to help her feel normal and part of life again. Her hormones have taken her hostage and won't let up. Ack!
Oh yeah, there are lots of treatments and opinions out there. Talk about feeling like a lab experiment! There is no way to know if a treatment, whether chemical or herbal, will work until she tries it. And then, when something actually helps, there is no way of knowing whether it's going to keep working; all the options seem to have a funny way of helping at some times and not others. How frustrating for all involved.
And, the kicker? It would seem that some women get hit harder than others. So, you will hear some say, "Oh, I didn't really ever go through any menopause problems...blah, blah, blah..." Good grief! Not fair. *stomping foot* I hate to watch my friend suffer through while others breeze through it without even noticing. And, there is no guarantee or inkling of when this will end.
Unfortunately, I have no solutions or even good ideas on the matter. My heart breaks for every woman who silently suffers with this horrible head trip.
In searching around for some good quotes, I found some funny ones...
Next time he'll buy me a diamond...duh!!