While there are things that I have learned about menopause through other's experiences and my own, there are always things that one cannot anticipate because every woman's experience is a little different.
My first menopause symptoms began in my late 30s but I didn't at first recognise what was happening. I just thought I must have been coming down with a virus because I was hot and my cheeks were flushed. Unfortunately my mother hadn't told me that the women in our family tend to start menopause much earlier than average.
After a year or so of irregular hot flushes I realised what was happening to me and that's when my mother confirmed our tendency to start menopause earlier.
Mum used to talk about sweating so much during her hot-flushes that her clothes became soaked. She said it was like having an internal potbelly-stove that she couldn't turn off.