I just turned 50 last December and in the six months or so, I am pretty certain I've been in menopause (short of getting my blood tested); I had a hysterectomy at the age of 42 m, but still have my ovaries, too. I have had mild hot flashes that haven't been too bothersome, but I've also had a MAJOR decrease in my sex drive and am a lot "drier," if you know what I mean lol.I think I may be in menopause. Not real sure since I had a hysterectomy when I was 37. The doctor left my ovaries, though. I'm hopeful that I might be done since I'm about to turn 50 and my 48 y/o sister told me that her last period was 2 years ago.... And my mom finished up about age 48. I used to get hot flashes, but they haven't been bad lately. But without the evidence of periods stopping for over a year, it's hard to know for sure if I'm done.... Anyone else in a similar situation?
I've put on weight, but I attributed that to sheer laziness and being ridiculously happy in this relationship. I started exercising harder/more and being more careful with my eating habits and have definitely noticed a decrease in the amount of hot flashes and their intensity. The Hula group I belong to is doing a six week weight loss challenge, so am participating in that.