Midlife and Menopause
Personal Stories of Menopause and Midlife
Women have a wide range of experiences during the menopause tradition. Here, in excerpts from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, seven women share their personal stories of menopause and midlife.
|| "I awoke one frigid, December night in a blistering sweat. Quite suddenly it seemed like some internal register had jacked up the temperature in my pajama top. I quickly removed the offending garment and lay there feeling an odd sense of elation. I had arrived -- my first hot flash..." (read more)|
||"While I was going through menopause, I was also going through a divorce. I was focused more on my children than myself. They were all teenagers at the time, or even younger, and it was a really tough time..." (read more)|
||"In my youth there was scarcely a part of my body I could look at without critique. But over time I made peace with parts I had disliked for decades..." (read more)|
||"When I was fifty-five years old, I was stunned to learn that I was infected with HIV.... As a woman newly divorced in 1983, after 24 years of marriage, I had not been on the dating circuit for a quarter-century. I never dreamed that a man I began seeing - he'd been a close friend my entire adult life -- would be HIV positive..." (read more)|
||"When I sit in my sex therapist chair, I hear from women and men whose sexual concerns reflect their worries about money, their relationship problems, and other realities of their lives more than their biological conditions. For example, I recently met with a woman..." (read more)|
||"I used to be a closet eater. I figured if no one was looking, I didn't eat it. Although I hid it well, I was 30 pounds overweight. I used to stay up late at night reading and eating junk food like chips -- I craved the salt -- and chocolate..." (read more)|
||"There were times I thought, what is wrong with me? I felt so confused. The day I put the iron in the fridge and the milk in the linen closet was the day I sat down and cried, thinking I must be losing my mind..." (read more)|
||"Menopause might have been breathing down our necks when we started meeting in 1976, but we had no interest in discussing it or anything from our "real" lives..." (read more)|
Excerpted from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, © 2006, Boston Women's Health Book Collective.
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