When that first hot flush surged through my body I was clueless! I mean, at Thirty Nine hot flushes weren’t exactly on my radar. I was still having periods, shitty periods but they were still turning up regularly. My periods used to arrive right on time every month, punctual…just like me.
And, then they went a little cray-cray. I should have seen that as a prelude to exactly how menopause can turn women a little cray-cray. They became heavier, like ridiculously heavy. So much so I was sometimes scared to move and would sit at my desk with everything my legs clenched. Know that feeling?
I became expert at stacking pads in my undies and would even wear ‘double undies’ on super heavy days to hold them all in place. You know a pad in your knickers topped with another pad and another pair of knickers…with another pad! Call me the Macgyver of menstruation.
Heavy periods are the bloody pits.
Yes they can be painful, embarrassing and an intrusion into everyday life. They can also be bloody messy.
Oh yeah I’ve endured the patch on my white pants and the brown stain on my jeans, the worst though is the stain on your favourite knickers. Ruined! Yeah, I know it’s kinda gross but its reality. Have you been there?
Then one day I started chemo for cancer treatment and poof, I have never had a period again. I’d like to say I mourned my monthly bleed, missed ‘Flo”, but no…I am ecstatic I will never have another period again.
I was 41 when they stopped, it’s been almost five years now and a lot has happened ‘down there’ in five years.
For a start I am dry as fuck, which is kinda funny because I’m so dry I can’t actually fuck! So these days I’m a consumer of lube, Ewwww, gross. Buying lube for the first time was soooo embarrassing! I was just waiting for a loudspeaker call for a price check.
You know the kind, a pimply faced dude grinning as he bellows into the microphone, ‘Price check on ‘slippery when wet’ for the dried up sista at checkout seven’. Sooo embarrassing!
Here’s the other thing about lube, it kinda hangs around, long after the action has ended. So I found myself back in the sanitary aisle purchasing panty liners…just in case! Yeah, almost five years with no ‘Flo’ and I found myself with a pretty Libra pack back in the bathroom drawer.
These days my answer to ‘just in case’ is Modibodi, ‘underwear with the confidence layer’. If you are a regular around here you would know I have been wearing them for a while now, and I know quite a few of you do too. I mean why wouldn’t you? Now I have no more trips to the sanitary aisle because the protection is inbuilt into my knickers, like freakin armour! Of course if you wear Modibodi and still have a period you can wear them with your regular sanitary wear and have peace of mind they will capture any overflow.
Don’t forget you can support the women at Catherine House by hitting THIS LINK and purchasing a ‘virtual pair’ of Modibodi that I will then hand deliver. Let’s #sharethepair and be the giver of confidence to women in need.
These days the hot flushes are mostly gone but don’t get me started on the thinning hair…EVERYWHERE. Oh yes! Menopause it’s so freakin glamorous!
Have you hit menopause or come out the other side? Use lube, what’s your favourite one?
Til next time,
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Modibodi. Read my disclosure policy HERE