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A bit of TMI-Age 50 edition

Notes from my "well woman" exam.

1. My doctor thinks there's a mass of some kind in my abdomen and that it might be fibroids. I explained those were my rock-hard abs, but she was unconvinced and there's an ultrasound in my future.

2. Don't laugh, but I'm still on the pill. Apparently the only way to find out if I'm in menopause is to stop taking them and see if I get a period or not. As long as I'm taking them, I'll have a period and not get hot flashes. BUT....I'm still terrified of getting pregnant. I'd have no problem terminating if it happens, but I'd rather not be in that position, and I'm not a fan of the various back-up methods or having to put Hubby through that. My doctor thinks it's unlikely that I could get pregnant...one of my co-workers pointed out it would be a MIRACLE...but my doctor re-upped me anyway. I'll wait a year and then maybe, MAYBE try stopping.

3. Speaking of unpleasant procedures: apparently being 50 means I need to get a colonoscopy.

4. And I have to get another mammogram. SHEESH!


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Oct. 31st, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Dude, I went through menopause and I did not have hot flashes. Or turn into a mega-bitch. Or any of that stuff. It's not inevitable.
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm guessing mine should be fine as long as I'm staying out of the foods that make me sick and/or crazy. It's just a matter of figuring out when I can safely stop taking the pill.
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Also, the way doctors know if you're going through menopause is not whether you're still getting periods but what your estrogen levels are. Once you get the pill out of your system they'll be able to check that. Below a certain level you are in peri-menopause or full on menopause depending on the numbers. I was in peri for two years and still got periods. Once my estrogen dropped below the magic number it was like the faucet turned off.

Then other weird things happen to your body, but it's nothing like hot flashes. Because those suck and you actually can't know in advance if you'll be prone to them. Ugh.
Nov. 1st, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
As pretty much everything else on the list, I'm putting off dealing with it as long as possible. The Lounge is opening on Thursday and that's all I want to focus on.
Nov. 6th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
1. On the up side, if the doctor is right, think of how flat your stomach will be after they shrink it...;-)

2. I will be 47 at the end of the month and I am still on the pill (it is fairly low estrogen, because I always had really irregular periods and have controlled high blood pressure,) but I am kind of scared to come off it as well. I do have some peri-menopause/menopausal symptoms though. I get headaches around the time when my period should start (from estrogen drop, I think) and I never know if I will have a period or not now.

3. My husband had one. He said it was no so bad, except for the stuff you have to drink for two days.

4. I get one every year; do you not?
Nov. 11th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I get one every year because it's the only way to get re-upped for the birth control, but I find it annoying.

As long as I take my pills, my period shows up like clock-work and I rarely have cramps. Only if I accidentally skip a day or two and have to catch up. At one point, I thought I might have been having hot flashes, but considering what else I was going thru, I think it was just the stress and anxiety.

I'm putting off that colonoscopy and probably the ultra-sound as long as possible. I just can't deal right now. Too much else (happy stuff) going on.
Nov. 7th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
Been in menopause for 10 years now and I have fun with my hot flashes. I trigger mine deliberately when I wanna tease my hubby (gives new meaning to 'hot pants', 'hot dog', etc. In the cold, I can make 40 friends at the bus stop by shooting off a hot flash! :D

Man, that colonoscopy juice you have to drink is hideous!

Just don't let them talk you into the sterotaxic table! That damn gripinator is a tit-killer!!
Nov. 11th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
The other day my co-workers were bonding over their pregnancy/childbirth horror stories...I'm like, yeah, I think I'll stay on the pill a little longer.
Nov. 13th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Let me ruin your perceptions of pregnancy further then. I had a BALL!!!

I started bowling around my 4th month; it took the baby at least 3 to get used to the noise and nearly delivered in the bowliing alley the day he was born! We were on our way to the bowling alley but the cramps just wouldn't stop so we detoured to the hospital where the damn plug came out (won't discuss that if you have a queasy stomach!). At any rate, since I had the Lamaze exercises at home, my hubby and I were in our room, listening to the woman next store scream at every pain. Believe me when I tell you: they didn't hear a peep out of us. In fact, they FORGOT we were there because it was so quiet. When I felt that need to push, I chased hubby out to get the first person in white he saw and tell them I gotta push. They came in, check, gave hubby clothes to put on (which he did-backwards AND inside out!!!) and all of us headed to the Delivery Room. Junior decided at the last damn minute he wasn't coming out so they used the forceps to pull him out. Kid didn't miss a beat; squalled like crazy over the insult. All in all-3-1/2 hours time. So I can honestly say I had a BALL! A little knowledge of what's happening throughout the pregnancy can alleviate a lot of fears.
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was a positive experience for you. I've known pretty much all my life that I'm not mom material, and at the nearly menopausal age of 50, I'm more sure than ever. I'm extremely selfish and I don't like to share my toys.
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