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14 emotional phases of menopause

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Menopause is a real roller coaster, and these GIFs sum it up perfectly

Menopause is a crazy time for your body, but it's a roller coaster for your mind, too. All those physical and hormonal changes can really throw you for a loop.

1. Suspicion

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You've noticed some weird changes happening lately. Irregular periods, fatigue, maybe even hot flashes. You're starting to think something might be up. Could it be?

2. Denial

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No, no way. You're not old enough, right? There's no way this can be menopause.

3. Acceptance... kind of

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Once the symptoms start to make you feel like you might be dying, you suck it up and see a doctor — only to hear a diagnosis that you suspected but certainly thought would never happen. Menopause. It's here and it's happening. You have an answer, but it probably doesn't make you feel better.

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4. Symptom overload

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Now that you know what's happening, your whole day seems to be one giant symptom.

5. Did it just get really hot or is it just me?

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It's a well-known fact that menopause causes hot flashes, and they can come out of nowhere.

6. No, it's definitely just me

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You'll start looking for ways to relieve yourself of the all-consuming heat without calling attention to yourself.

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7. Am I really crying again?

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Mood swings can really bring you down during menopause. It's all normal, but it really doesn't feel like it while you're going through it.

8. I really hate that I'm crying again

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In fact, it makes you angry. Because, mood swings.

9. I'm sorry I yelled

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Really sorry. It makes me so sad that I yelled at you like that.

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10. I will never sleep again

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All those hormonal changes make you seriously tired, but those hot flashes will keep you up all night.

11. Did I just pee my pants?

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Chances are, you probably did. Childbirth trashes your bladder control, but menopause completely wrecks it.

12. Bye bye, birth control!

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You can still get pregnant during perimenopause, but once you've transitioned into menopause, your baby-making years are over.

13. No more kids?

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Even if you've been on birth control for years, the knowledge that it's really no longer an option can be depressing.

14. I'm done with periods!

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There has never been better news in the history of the world. Maybe this is all worth it? Maybe.

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