Menopause and fun? Those two words seem more diametrically opposed than the saucy bedfellows they have become in my life. While fun has been the prevailing force in my menopausal transition, I started out just like many American women do by inheriting our culture’s pessimistic beliefs and misconceptions that characterize midlife. Mystery, misunderstanding and fear concerning the intricacies of the female body dominate when it comes to sexuality, menopause and aging in general which makes the change ominous and confusing, a far cry from anything regarded as fun.
In celebration of turning 50 I began to blog about my experiences. I like to relate relevant events and realizations I’ve had that lead to pleasurable experiences. As a tech geek turned sensual researcher, I delve into the tumultuous change of life and emerge with a unique and gratifying perspective. Primarily about fun, my posts highlight sensual research, personal menopause experiences and insights. Yes, my sensual research involves sex. It also involves my fact-finding brain awash in unpredictably shifting hormones. Lively anecdotes blow away the stereotypes and expectations about menopause, turning around prejudices and revealing the pleasure to be had in midlife.
Early in my menopausal transition I realized I was not going to be one of those women who sail through the change without feeling the typical hot flashes, mood swings, inconsistent sex drive and other assorted bodily reactions. There were decisions to be made about my health and happiness that I was having a hard time confronting. I understood little about menopause and the underlying attitudes that colored my expectations. So I decided to put on my researcher’s hat and from there see what I noticed about this major development that was, and still is, taking place in my life. I like to call my journey Menopause Flashes: Turning Up The Heat.