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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Why Menopause Sucks in the Winter, By Sue Flaska

As you may or may not know, I am in a chemically induced menopause as part of a study through Mayo. Every 28 days I drive down to Mayo and wait 30-60 minutes to get a shot to shut down my ovaries. It really is great fun. But that is besides the point. So let's set the stage, shall we, on why menopause sucks in the winter.

When you are in the "pause", one of the side effects of course is hot flashes. My whole life I have been plagued with being extra cold, so I thought hot flashes may work in my benefit in the winter. Wrong. And here is why....

Brrrr....it was a little chilly last night, so I had on flannel (of course) pajamas, and just when I snuggled down into bed and got that ahhhhh feeling you get when you reach that perfect temperature, it started. It was slow at first, building into the tingly sensation you get when you know you are starting to get flushed, until it turned into a full blown sweat. Off came the covers and I used them to fan myself. Then it's gone. Really, it's that fast. Then I was back to square one of being cold, and that is why hot flashes suck in the winter. The whole night is spent this way, explaining why I never get a good sleep.

Only 3 more years to go.....

1 comment:

Amalia said...

Yeay! I got your comments on my blog. In answer to your questions, if you sign in to Blogger Beta, you should see a "Layout" link? If you go there, you should be able to play with the fonts, colors, and themes of your blog. If that doesn't work, message me again and I will think back to what I had to do.

PS I sometimes wake up roasting hot in the night, but usually I find out that Bear has thrown all of his covers off and put them on me!