Now, I believe I have alluded in the past to the gobsmacking nature of menopause. Let's review: at a time in your life when you are most likely enjoying the charming experience of living with a child going through the throes of puberty (complete with eyerolls, disdainful sneers, and angst galore), you yourself are experiencing what can only be described as a second adolescence, only less fun.
|Some days, I feel like this.|
Am I being too negative? Forgive me. Remember that movie in 4th grade? The one that called the onset of menses a beautiful time in one's life? We don't need to be lied to again, do we?
Menopause sucks. It's not beautiful, not unless you think "Is it hot in here or is it just me?" is incredibly alluring.
I swear to God, I just uttered that line TODAY to my dental hygienist. SHOOT ME NOW.
Where was I? Oh, yes, menopause. There are some benefits to this time of our lives, true. I'm no longer spending money on Kotex, for instance. Of course, those funds are now going toward products that bill themselves - erroneously, I might add - as "wrinkle-removers"; but at least I no longer have to worry about being stocked up, as it were. And I can schedule a trip to the beach without planning around "that time of the month."
Hey, who else remembers teen slumber parties where you discussed, "Oh my gosh, what if you have your period on your wedding night?"
Just me? Okay, never mind.
Anywhoo, Poise (which is - full disclosure - sponsoring this post, but the opinions herein are mine, ALL MINE) has come out with a line of products designed to mitigate some of the less pleasant aspects of going through this time of life.
People, when BlogHer told me I could test one of these products, I immediately fixated on their Roll-On Cooling Gel, a purse-friendly tube of something magic that delivers a cooling sensation when you roll it on your wrists or neck. You see, my current method of alleviating the discomfort that accompanies hot flashes is to grab an ice pack from the freezer and apply it to the back of my neck. As you can imagine, this approach can be a little difficult to implement when one is away from home. As a result, my spouse has had to endure the embarrassment of watching me, in public, fish ice cubes out of my drink and shove them down the back of my shirt.
Of course, that embarrassment is NOTHING compared to what he would experience were I to follow my first instinct of simultaneously stripping down to my underwear and dumping my cold drink over my head. So, really, he shouldn't complain, don't you think?
Anyway, it struck me that this Roll-On Cooling Gel idea might be a more subtle way to deal with hot flashes when I am away from my freezer. And I'm pleased to report that it does help mitigate the discomfort I experience from hot flashes. What's more, it doesn't have any funky scent that would give me a headache. So many products designed for women are contaminated with perfumes that are, for me and many others, a direct ticket to a migraine. This Cooling Gel is NOT one of them.
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Panty Fresheners have a fresh and clean scent that lasts up to four hours. These discreet, hypoallergenic fresheners stick to the outside of your undergarments so you can confidently go about your day.
Feminine Wash provides daily freshness with a unique formulation that is pH balanced for your intimate area. Glycerin and paraben free, this gentle wash will help you feel clean and confident.
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