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A feminist guide to mid-life sweating

It’s heading into late August, dear readers– time for temperatures to cool down a bit, giving us a hint of fall. Well, this may be true for some areas of the country, but lots of us are still enduring full-summer heat. With that heat comes sweat. If you’re like me, a lot of sweat.

I wrote this post a few years ago before full menopause, complaining about my symptoms, which included copious sweating while doing anything as active as walking, hot hands and feet at night, and sensitive skin. Those are still going on, by the way.

Over time, though, I’ve accepted that serious sweating is just a continued part of my life, and I deal. It means carrying extra clothing for changes if I’m active on the way to a social or work thing, and more laundry than perhaps the average person. In addition to the showering…

One thing I’m learning is that increasing age seems to correlate with decreasing worry about some things I can’t control. Sweating falls into that category. As long as I’ve got bandanas, changes of clothes and a water bottle handy, I’m good to go.

How about you? What are some of your responses to “gee, you sweat a lot?” I mean, those we can print… 🙂 I’d love to hear from you.

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

There are so many lovely things about being over 50.

But one very prominent non-lovely feature of mid-ish life is the panoply of peri menopause or menopause symptoms. They are legion.  They are annoying.  They resist virtually all attempts at intervention.  It’s  like having a fly buzzing around your bedroom when you’re trying to sleep.  You think– oh, I’ll try this.  I’m sure I can take care of this sucker.  And you end up breaking a lamp, pulling down a curtain rod, or risking limbs by tip toeing on a dining room chair.  All to absolutely no avail.

I find my peri menopausal symptoms like that.  Insomnia, itchy and sensitive skin, hot hands and feet, bloating, brain fog, fatigue– they all seem fixable.  But no.

And then there’s the sweating.  Epic all- season sweating.  Soaking wet hair, rivulets down the front and back sweating.  Sweating while doing low-exertion activities like…

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