I'm 49. I've been dealing with perimenopause since I was 38. 11 years? I should get a medal or something.
I've trudged along with increasingly irregular periods, occasional migraines and debilitating fatigue. Oh let's not forget the hot flashes that come and go. Those are interesting but not too bad - yet.
A few months ago I noticed a significant change. The hot flashes started coming more frequently - like everyday. My coworkers dress in layers. I frequently ask "is it hot in here or is it me?" They say "it's you." At least I have my own personal furnace. :)
Last week my period arrived 18 days late. Along with it came 7 days of cramps, 5 days of fighting a migraine, and a new symptom - nausea! Yesterday the nausea was so bad I felt like I was pregnant. Even my husband questioned if I could be. He seems to have forgotten that the doctor closed the baby factory 11 years ago. I gave him "the look" and went to lie down for the third time that day.
I started my period when I was 9. Nine years old. That's so unfair. I think I've had it long enough. I thought I'd welcome menopause but after the last few days I'm not so sure.
I feel better today but there's no knowing when Mother Nature will stop by for a surprise visit again. Yee haw.
(I've been all of these)