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From Hot-Flashes to Hope: Hormones and Our Mid-Life Desire for Change

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:34am

Waking at 3 a.m. with sweat-soaked pajamas, snapping at our husbands or co-workers, sleeping fitfully, cringing from headache pain, forgetting where we put our keys or where we were going in the first place, cringing from embarrassment as yet another shirt-soaking hot-flash overtakes us; women who are approaching mid-life know all-too-well the havoc that fluctuating hormone levels can wreak. 

From hot-flashes to heart palpitations, these delightful harbingers of "the change" can torment us for several months to several years before we actually stop having periods.  Perhaps that' s why most women who are post-menopausal, rather than feeling old or sad, find themselves feeling more joyful and optimistic than ever.  Ahhhhh . . . sweet relief!

Our hormones have so much to say, but not just about how we feel physically.  These natural chemicals effect how we feel emotionally as well.  In fact, they might just have a lot more to say about who we are and what we want at any given point in our lives than we ever realized.

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