I learned a new word today and thought I’d share it.
Though this word can sound directly like “Man, oh, pot!” it is not referring to the scoring of a desirable smoking substance. No, menopot is not to be desired. It is the “muffin top” or “spare tire” we woman often get as we enter Stage 2 of our life.
Up until Stage 2, we managed to produce and use our estrogen just fine, thank you. Estrogen is the hormone that’s responsible for our sex drive, and essential for reproduction. Sweet, huh? Well, only for a while, ladies! Only until your body decides to cut you off — that’s right. Personally, I’d like to know what the problem is here — it’s not like there is a shortage of estrogen and we “older” women need to buck up and turn over the “sex serum” to the younger generation of women. WhatEVER!
Medically the term is perimenopause. This is the period of time BEFORE menopause, where your estrogen starts to wind down. There are several symptoms but the ones that stick out are hotflashes, decreased sex drive and mood swings, fatigue, and sleep issues. Sound good, so far?
Hot flashes are really quite interesting. I once heard them described as a “momentary sensation of heat, possibly with some sweating.” I don’t think so! Let’s tell it like it is, ladies! A more accurate description would be what you could expect if you were being habitually hauled in and out of a sweatlodge by an unseen alien at his/her discretion for the purpose of pure torture. And the good news is, that some women continue to experience these little hot nuggets for the rest of their lives!!
Perimenopause, the much to be anticipated period of your existence (NOT!), can last years! Stage 2 is only over once your ovaries stop releasing eggs and then, lucky you, you’ve entered Stage 3 — menopause!
But, I regress — let’s return to menopot — jiggly blubber, tummy fat, flabby gut, the stuff our ancestors depended on to get through the lean winters. Really?? I think we’ve been beyond needing that for awhile now!
All I can say is this aging thing is so unattractive — we shrink, we shrivel, we fart, we plump, we gray, we forget. It’s just a darn good thing that we start losing our vision around the same time, so we don’t have to watch it all take place!