Let’s Talk Menopause

Recently Bitty and I met a woman in her 60s who said she was one of merely a few thousand who never had menopausal symptoms. Never a single hot flash. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

We hated her.

Bitty is in menopause, and I am peri-menopausal. We are two women living together and hot flashing with a fever meant for Beelzebub himself. In other words, we are in Hell.

But aside from that rare braggart disclosing her lack of hot flashes, forgetfulness, and weight gain, how do women have this later in life “birds and bees” discussion? We all had that first (pre-menstrual) talk with our moms and girlfriends, but where do we turn for the “second” talk?

Ladies, look to our friends at Poise. (Think of them as your teenaged girlfriends but 30 years later and without the boyfriend jealousy.)

Hot flashes? Poise has not one, but two products for those unwelcome “personal summers”:

  • Roll-On Cooling Gel helps you feel comfortable and refreshed when a hot flash strikes. Squeeze the tube and gently roll the cooling gel on wrists, chest, or neck for a cooling sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes.
  • Body Cooling Towelettes offer instant cooling and refreshment when you experience a hot flash. Gently wipe the towelette on wrists, chest, or neck to feel cool and comfortable. Featuring a portable, re-sealable package, these towelettes are easy to use anywhere you go.

I don’t know about you, but when I had the “first” talk with my mom, I was young, sheltered, and innocent. While I feared changes in my body, I didn’t want to talk about them. And then, when I got my period at school in white pants (think severed horse’s head from The Godfather), I was terrified.

Today, I am older, worldly, and jaded, but I can still feel terror as my body changes. [What are those clots falling out of my vagina? If I sweat so much at night, how come I’m still gaining weight? How come one minute I’m laughing hysterically and the next I’m crying (other than my usual bipolarity)?] I may not have been willing to talk as a thirteen year old, but you can’t shut me up now.

Poise is counting on getting one million women to not-shut-up about menopause before October 18th: World Menopause Day. Come over to The2ndTalk and take the pledge to talk about it!

So, ladies, to borrow a phrase from Joan Rivers: “Can we talk?” With a little help from Poise, yes, you bet we can!

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54 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Menopause

  1. I feel most confident and indeed sparkly,shiny when I have my best jewelry, my best hair and my best smile on!

  2. I remember those days of being young, sheltered, and innocent too. So I guess my memory is not completely shot (although what happened between then and now can sometimes be a little shaky). What would have given me a lot of confidence would have been more info and the Poise products you presented. (I am currently on the “other” side of menopause.) Thank you Poise for your contribution.

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  7. I am most confident when I know I look professional instead of being in my usual grungies. A well fitting dress, heels, and a great hair do will take care of any insecurities I might have.

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  10. I feel confident now because all the worse things in life are behind me, I survived all of them and getting older is really fun.

  11. I feel most confident when I’m in the swimming pool teaching my Arthritis Class. (No more hot flashes, thank the Goddess.)
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