Hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia — we’ve all been told to brace ourselves for menopause’s wrath since we can remember, but instead of dreading something you know is going to occur, why not celebrate it instead?
Many women look at menopause as a curse. They automatically relate it to being old and wrinkled, but that’s not always the case. Look at Madonna — she’s in her 50s and still rocking out like she did in her “Like A Virgin” days.
Menopause affects women between the ages of 45 and 55 and is the time in a woman’s life when menstruation stops, and she can no longer have a child. Other physical changes come with menopause, such as poor skin elasticity, decreased bladder function, vaginal dryness and changes in the sex drive. Knowing this and learning to cope with the changes a woman’s body goes through during menopause is difficult for some. However, it is possible to live a healthy and satisfying life even after menopause has taken place. Just because one part of your life is over doesn’t mean there isn’t one just as exciting waiting for you to discover.
You’ve earned it!
Forget what anyone has told you; menopause is earned, and you should embrace this new milestone when it arrives. Over the years you’ve matured into the amazing woman you are today and have experienced enough in your life to know what you want the next chapter to bring. Use this time to rediscover and reflect on what’s most important in your life and to fulfill all those dreams you didn’t have a chance to these past 30 to 40 years.
It’s not about them anymore
Ladies, now’s your chance for some “me time.” You’ve spent the majority of your adult life worrying about your children; now it’s time to relax, because it’s not about them anymore. Take up an old, forgotten hobby, meet up for drinks with a few gal pals or treat yourself to a well-deserved all-inclusive vacation. Because all that money that’s not being spent on pads, tampons, condoms and other forms of birth control has to go somewhere, doesn’t it?
No more monthly visits
We’ve all come to dread our monthly visitor, surfing in on a crimson wave and sprinkling us with gifts of cramps and backaches. But with menopause, say goodbye to the days of worrying whether you’ve packed enough pain relievers and pads or tampons to last you through the day.
Remember all that money you had to spend on birth control and condoms? Not to mention worrying that every missed period meant you were pregnant? Though your sex drive may not be the same as it used to be, sex after menopause can bring on a new type of intimacy you and your partner have never before experienced.