I continue to watch my menopause process with interest.
Every woman will know that cycles are affected by both conscious and unconscious events/incidents/processes. But as my cycles wind down, I've been losing that sense of connection.
At the beginning of the year, however, I had a powerful reminder of that link, when my first period in a few months arrived on the anniversary of my mother's death, a day which was highly charged for me. [What came first - the heightened hormones or the heightened feelings? Impossible to tell.]
Since then, I'd had only two cycles, with the barest hint of blood in early May. I was thinking to myself just the other day that I felt completely physically stable, with no sense of hormonal fluctuation and no menopausal symptoms at all.
This week was my birthday and my birthday is always a bit charged because it was my mother's birthday too. And (you guessed it), I started a period on that day.
It could be random coincidence or it could be significant. I'm opting for the significance.