Oh my! I know you were especially glad to be done with that nonsense....LOL I think I was 10 or 11 yrs old. My mother went through menopause at 42 yrs old so I was hoping I would too. But, I developed an ovarian cyst the size of an egg on one ovary and the beginnings of one on the other and after the labwork on my surgery, they discovered I also had a fibroid starting in my uterus. Glad to have it all gone.
I take evening primrose daily, it helps to regulate hormones and ease the discomfort during menstruation. When cramps are worse than normal, I take a sedative, wrap a heating pad around my abdomen, and go to sleep.
They are a fact of life, so I accept them. I am 51 and still have them (darn!), but the PMS has gone so I'm okay with it. A part of me will mourn when my reproductive life ends. Estroven is a vitamin/herb supplement that helps with both PMS and menopause. I highly recommend it.
I'm so glad I'm not the only one this way! I'm past that point, and I really did go through a couple of years of mourning after the "pause"........
How did you swing that???? Even without the monthly "evidence," I have the hormonal swings, and I can tell what part of my cycle I am in by the way I feel at different times. I've heard that happens to other women too. I could do without that, I think.
I don't really know for certain, but I think a balanced diet and a vitamin/herbal supplement really helps me. I take Estroven, and it has definitely helped with the mood swings and low energy, and it has the added benefit (for me) of increasing my sex drive!
I thought nature took care of it in February but it reared its UGLY HORRIBLE PAINFUL head again in late June. I'm telling you, I was in heaven for 5 glorious months. How did I deal with in June - percoset - seriously.
My mom's going through that right now. It will disappear for months on end and then suddenly show up again out of the blue. Curiously, it seems to happen more often during months when my daughter goes down to visit for a day or two - Mom thinks having a three year old under foot again must make her uterus think it's time to get maternal again!
I had horrible ones before I got pregnant, but they've mellowed out since then and are now merely unpleasant.
Recently, I've become a convert to menstrual cups. The first couple days, I need to wear backup to prevent leaks, but for the last three or four, I practically forget I'm having it. It's like having a two day period instead of a six day one - great!
I absolutely hate every last second of it. I want to have a baby but I think I'm too old. I'm 39. Sometimes I just wish menopause would just go ahead and kick in. But then of course I would probably cry because then that would really mean I would have no chance of a baby. uuuugh! I'm torn.
One of our staffers was diagnosed with endometriosis and takes no type of drug at all to deal with her pain (not even aspirin). She swears by a nice hot bath and at least two cups of Moon Cycle Tea by Yogi Teas.
Suggestion: take non aspirin after your period hits. Or your period may thin and that may get dangerous, possibly. Also, realize a period means you are have your hormones. Which means your body is normal. Some women do not have a periods. That also can be bad also, no period / possibly no hormones. Women need hormones. Smiles to all.