It’s Official

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A couple days ago I got a letter from my doctor’s office with the results of my recent blood work.  Along with the normal blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. I got a note that I am now post menopausal.  Last year I was peri menopausal, so this is a change.

I thought it was a change I would be happy to see.  But it felt more like a kick in the gut than a cause for celebration.   There is something about being told you are no longer useful to the species that doesn’t exactly made you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Of course, I haven’t really been useful to the species for a while now.  I had a hysterectomy in 2009- hence needing the blood test to know what stage my ovaries are in.   I knew I didn’t want kids way before that- I had first asked about getting surgically sterilized in 1998.

But reading in black and white that I have officially gone through “the change” makes me feel old.  It is good to know that my risk of ovarian cancer is now much lower.  It is nice that I haven’t have any acne for a few months now.  But now my risk of cardiovascular disease is higher.  Now my risk of osteoporosis is higher.  And because of my previous surgery, I experienced what’s probably the best part of menopause- stoppage of periods- ages ago.

So here I am.  Really and truly over the womanly hill.  It’s a lot to process.

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