“You’re a bitch,” My husband said angrily one day three years ago. “And you need to do something about it.”
He was right. I was a bitch. I wasn’t the same woman he married eight years ago. The sad thing was I had no idea what to do about it. I was thrown right into perimenopause and I was drowning.
Six months prior to this I could feel my body changing. I gained five pounds. I was moodier than normal. I talked to my doctor about this and he scheduled a test to find out how close I was to my period ending. I wanted this test a year earlier, but he wouldn’t give it to me. He said I was to young to be in perimenopause. The test results came back that I was at the very end of my having months periods . “I still don’t believe. You’re too young.” He said to me. I was 49 at the time. He took me off of the birth control I was taking because with my periods ending there wasn’t a chance of me getting pregnant.
That’s when everything went to hell. The hormones in the birth control had kept me on a even keel and now that I didn’t have them in my system my life was hell. I was only getting three or four hours of sleep a night. During the night I got hot so I would throw the covers off and then I was cold so I would cover back up. This went on all night long and I barely got any sleep. Not sleeping made me crabby and hard to deal with. And I was especially pissy about the weight gain. Before this weight gain started creeping in, I was happy with my weight and feeling really comfortable in my skin. Now my body was changing and I hated it!
I didn’t know what to do. I tried several things at the health food store. I think black cohash was one of them (that was three years ago and I can’t remember crap anymore). I had always wanted to try acupuncture, but I hate needles so I never did.
I needed to do something and I needed to do something NOW. After doing some research (thank God for the internet), I found a acupuncturist in my area and scheduled an appointment.
It took a month or two for the acupuncture to start working, but it was worth the wait. My acupuncturist, Jamey, is awesome. He listens and is very patient with me. He answers any questions I have. He is very knowledgeable and is easy to talk to.
It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I’ve been having the treatments for the last three years and I rarely have any night sweats or hot flashes anymore. My moods are better. I know when I start getting pissy it’s time for another treatment.
I recommend acupuncture for anyone in perimenopause. I wasn’t sure about the needles, but they are so small that most of the time I can’t even feel Jamey insert them. We talk while he’s inserting the needles so I’m not focused on it. It usually goes pretty smoothly.
Acupuncture saved me and my marriage!