Making Time for a 2nd Talk during Sisterpalooza
A few years ago, my sisters and I came up with a term for our time together – those times when we are inseparable (usually shopping) and the rest of our family members tend to feel slightly ignored… Sisterpalooza!! We usually plan these times out really well so those around us are aware, but this weekend we drummed up an impromptu, mini-Sisterpalooza and had a blast.
I visited all weekend with my older sister because her kids had several activities and she is keeping my boy this week while I'm away at work, but our little sister could only visit for the day so we had to squeeze in some quick shopping between activities. While I was visiting my older sister; however, I was hoping to have a chance to talk to her about the inevitable phase of life that I'm slightly fearful I may be entering. I needed to talk to her about…Menopause…that time of life that women don't talk about much until they are smack dab in the middle of a hot flash or screaming at a spouse for no reason. My older sister and I had similar experiences with our mom regarding "The Talk" when we were teens, and since our mom passed away five years ago, I knew my sister would be the perfect person to have the 2nd Talk with me.
My "coming soon" Menopause Story
My mom went into menopause before she turned 40. I don't remember exactly how old she was, but it had to be between 35 and 40. I remember her talking about having a heavy period that would last for a couple of weeks and then it would stop for a few days, maybe a week, and then start up again. I don't remember her having hot flashes, but that may be because she just didn't talk about those things much. My mom had some mental health issues later in life and she and I were not close. I didn't have the opportunity to talk to her about this time in her life.
My older sister recently had a hysterectomy after having a lifetime of feminine issues. She just turned 40 year old so she had to argue with the doctors to allow her to have one so young. She was experiencing similar issues from what I would hear my mom talk about with heavy, unpredictable periods. My sister's hysterectomy did not take her ovaries so she is unsure what will happen when menopause hits full on, but she feels that prior to the surgery she may have been headed quickly down that road.
Shopping for Poise Feminine Wellness products #PoiseFab5
My older sister and I shopped at Walmart this weekend and since I needed a way to "break the ice" for the 2nd Talk so I told her about the Poise Feminine Wellness products and she was as excited as me to learn more. We found 4 of the 5 products – Feminine Wash, Personal Lubricant, Roll-On Cooling Gel, and Body Cooling Towelettes. Read all about our Sisterpalooza shopping trip in my #PoiseFab5 Google Album.
I will be 36 in March 2013. I will be in the age range that my mom and older sister were in when the symptoms started for them. I'm (kinda) freaking out that I won't get to have as many children as I initially wanted. I am 35 and I had my first child a month before my 31st birthday. While I don't consider this "later", it suddenly has become "later" since my husband and I have been trying for two years to have our second child and I honestly thought we would be on #3 by now. I'm experiencing other issues that have caused me to call upon Poise products in the past and now that I have looked into the Poise Feminine Wellness products, I am definitely keeping a couple of them in my purse now…just in case…
September is Menopause Awareness Month
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Who would you talk to about menopause if you didn't have a mom around?
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