Lol, ain't menopause fun! They tell you that, free from the fear of pregnancy, many women find post menopause a great time. Hah! They lied!
I'm now 55 and still not through the menopause. It started at age 52 with hot flushes and periods spaced further and further apart. Two a year at the moment. The hot flushes have half killed me this year - leaving me totally exhausted after breaking out into a sweat repeatedly throughout the day. Off with the clothes, brrrrr. on with the clothes, phewww off with the clothes, brrrrrrr on with the clothes phew. and on and on! I now have night sweats waking me repeatedly as well as hot sweats during the day. Fantastic!
And yes - where did all my body hair go? Well I still have hairy knees (TMI I know) but my eyebrows have mostly departed, my arms are hair free, and the pubes - well they have not only thinned right out, they have gone limp and floppy. Not at all themselves these days.
On the other hand - I have hair on my chinny chin that could make a good anchor cable, and every morning I have to closely examine my top lip sideways in the bathroom mirror, because some of the hairs have gone haywire and now grow,,,, and grow,,,,,, and grow, until they are half an inch long and waving in the breeze.
Four years ago I went through a phase of being in severe pain from a total drying up of my vagina and external genitalia. I literally could not sit down without a burning discomfort. Being a cheapskate I took to pushing a blob of E45 inside every day for several months. Eventually things recovered a bit but the old fanny isn't what it used to be - it's shrunk! The nurse has to use a very small speculum for my annual smear test. It's very painful even so. Ask for a smaller speculum if they come at you with a giant instrument of torture. Sex for me would be out of the question these days because :-
1. No lubrication.
2 Atrophy of vagina and now very delicate tissue.
3 Absolutely NO libido. Even a good looking young man fails to produce any interest.
5 Almost complete loss of sensation in my clitoral tissues - might as well be rubbing my leg for all the feeling I have these days. Arousal is next to impossible, lubrication doesn't happen, and orgasms are a mere flicker of sensation not worth the effort.
And along with the loss of sensation - I have loss of muscle tone - both stress and urge incontinence these days. Not to mention fissures at the back door. BAH!
Oh I do so love not having to worry about periods - I now have plenty of time to worry about no orgasms, damp knickers, missing eyebrows, thinning hair on my head, aching joints, sore behind.
And people keep saying "after you" when I catch the bus. So I know that I now look "OLD". Sucks to be menopausal!
I say we ask the government to abolish menopause.