Remember When PMS Only Meant One Thing?

I’m pretty blessed in the fact that I have never suffered from PMS.perimenopause


Until about 3 years ago.

Then, seemingly overnight I became a wicked, nasty person at least once a month. How is it that I managed to escape my entire life without suffering from PMS and then KABAM! out of nowhere not only do I have PMS but it’s wicked nasty?

I’m talking “batten down the hatches, thar she blows” nasty.

“Not safe for children and animals” nasty.


This is the pay off for being a “female” for 44 years? PMS after 30 years of not having it?

This is my reward for bringing 3 wonderful human beings into the world to hopefully continue the human race? And have you seen my girls? They ain’t bad looking so it’s not like I went and put bad mojo into the gene pool.

I had no idea what was happening to me until one day I was talking with one of my oldest friends (tenure, not age… ) and as girl talk often does, it turned to “what the hell is going on with ____________” type conversations. So of course I mention this sudden onslaught of PMS and she’s like “OHMAHGOD!! Me, too!!!” and then tells me that it could actually be peri-menopause symptoms and not pre-menstrual.

But wait… it gets better…

Apparently peri-menopause can start TEN YEARS before you actually go thru menopause. ย 


So let me get this crap straight… it’s not bad enough that women have suffered with Pre-Menstrual-Syndrome pretty much our entire lives but now we get the added bonus of Pre-menopause at the end of our “glory years”. And adding insult to injury.. we get to experience BOTH versions of PMS at the same time?

I won’t bore (or scare) you with theย details/symptoms, but suffice it to say that it’s like your “younger” PMS on steroids.

With this news, I have decided that Eve really was a piece of work, Adam should be shot and apparently everyone in my life needs to take cover for a few years. Because this storm could take a long time to pass.





  1. So *this* explains why after decades of no PMS, I suddenly cry for no reason and go into the corner and eat chocolate once a month? Oh, that Eve. I’d like to have a word with her!
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    • I love that Ilene!!! I say that all the time about Eve!! HA!

      And Kristen, I had night sweats and near panic attacks and literally crying spells when I started this lovely ten year shindig!!!

      WTH? Yeah… it super sucks.

      Kinda grateful they yanked my uterus out and I got to crash right into menopause at the tender age of 43. Thanking God for Premarin. (Estrogen in a pill) ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  2. Ha! I have been resentful lately because I know I am done having babies and we have taken steps to prevent anymore. My youngest is almost 6. So, for six years I have been having to deal with it once a month for absolutely no reason. AND I will likely have to deal with it for at least 10 more years. 10 years. That’s 120 months. 120!!!!!!! So yeah, thanks Eve!
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  3. i don’t know if y’all remember Oh Mrs. Tucker’s post about this in the LOBS, I thought I was peri at the ripe age of 29, turn 30 in August… went to Dr. that Monday & I have diagnosed premature menopausal at age 29… I am taking estrogen pills now to fight hot flashes & all the menopause side effects… blah! So, I am definitely feeling you KD, I am so sorry you are going through this. :( Hollar at me (well not literally, please) if you need to vent. :)
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