Hey, I know what you are thinking, Ladies, “What is so perky about early menopause?” Those were my thoughts exactly when my Oncologist told me about “chemopause”: a side effect of chemo which causes the womanly cycle to come to an abrupt halt. Sitting in the pretty young doctor’s office with Shawn by my side,( just three months into our relationship), I couldn’t help but blush as she told us the likely side effects: mood swings, hot flashes, loss of libido, weight gain, and no more monthly periods (well, that part I was looking forward to). I would not have been surprised if my new love had suddenly bolted out the door, but I’m glad he decided to stick around. Sure enough, menopause kicked in soon after chemo, but fortunately my only unpleasant symptom has been hot flashes…..a small price to pay to get rid of the dreaded monthly visitor.
Many moons ago, while I was still married, I whined to my best friend that my hubbie turned into a complete villain once a month, purposely doing things like slurping his soup in an attempt to drive me bonkers. In fact, when I thought about it, it seemed that everyone around me got kind of crazy at that time. “Does this happen at the same time every month?” my wise friend asked. “Yeah, usually just before my period”, I confided. Ahhhhh, it suddenly dawned on me; they weren’t trying to make me crazy, I had PMS. But those days are behind me now. As an added perk of chemopause, I no longer turn into a demon once a month.
Tip: Early menopause is not all bad, just think of the perks: no more periods and no more PMS. A few hot flashes is a small price to pay.