I'm very excited. I think I am finally a "safe date"! My doctor says she can't confirm until I have been without a period for a year but given that I haven't had one since April, I think I'm on my way as they say! Probably TMI but the birth control has been left in the drawer. :-) I have been looking forward to this stage of my life for years!!
Why? Well, I had my child when I was 33. I had tried for years before that and then years after. Tried with this hubby as well before giving up. I am sooo tired of that waiting, wondering game. Then, after I gave up, trying to not get pregnant!
I know, I know, things can happen. But, seriously, post-menopausal FSH is between 23 and 116 according to my lab slip. I'm a whopping 81! LH for post-menopause is between 10 and 54.7. I am 54.6. Whew whoo!
I think I was in perimenopause for years. Cycle shortened to 26 days a few years back and I have had some unexplained, mild mood issues from time to time. Had hot flashes last summer but they went away. Hair, always super thick, has been thinning.....fortunately I still have a lot left!
Since January I have been gaining belly fat.....NEVER had that before, even with years of drinking. I have put on 8 pounds since January!! In May I got the hot flashes again and now they are pretty much gone. Maybe a little "warming" but no sweating. My mood went beserko from May through June, seriously, I reacted over the strangest things.
All my bloodwork at annual physical was perfect. So much so that the secondary hormonal testing was the only way to see what is really going on. I skated through again with no signs of alcohol abuse.
But now....I feel great! I have been exercising almost daily. My mood is much improved. The relief of knowing I may be through that waiting, wondering period has been like a great weight lifted off my shoulders. I always knew it would be hard to get pregnant again but now I can see my body is shutting that off.
However, I realized just how many extra calories I am consuming by still drinking. Wowzer. Okay, done. If I don't rein this in now, my body is going to blimp out of control. Alcohol is actually easier for me to control than food.
So here goes another 100 days for a serious reset. As I've said, I identify with being a non drinker so might as well live that lifestyle! No alcohol and just no junk food is my only goal for this week with one day per week indulging in 6 squares of Cadbury. Shoot, I just knocked off 800 calories a day by giving up fast food, golden oreos, regular cadbury and alcohol. And I will keep on exercising!
I was dry all last July and it will feel good to have two July's under my belt!
5'9", 175 (sigh)