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Waiting on the Doorstep? Get Ready for Some Change.

by Guest Blogger

Kelly BurtonThis is a guest post by Kelly Burton, creator of Bodyology.

I’m not menopausal. I’m not even pre-menopausal (at least I don’t think I am).  I’m a 35 year old woman who since turning 30 has had a love-hate relationship with her body. I love my body. It hates me.

While we all learn from a young age of the mysterious life changes that come with our 40s and 50s due to menopause, many women begin experiencing major body and health-related changes while in their 30s and even earlier. This is in large part due to the fact that physiologically many of us reach our reproductive peak by then. That’s not to say that everything begins to go downhill from there, but things do begin to get, well…interesting. For instance, our bodies begin developing cysts and masses for no apparent reason other than to scare us to death, our sex drives take a nose dive, hair loss, weight gain, tooth decay. The list goes on and on. I know what my menopausal sisters are thinking, “Oh, just wait. It gets better.”

Touché.

My first major realization that my body was changing came when I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition called Grave’s Disease. After battling a series of symptoms that I apparently chose to ignore, I finally decided to go to the doctor, which is when I learned the news.

I was shocked.

All the while, I just thought I was stressed out. It was almost as if it never occurred to me that at 32, something could be going wrong with my body. It turns out that Grave’s Disease is pretty common, affecting women in their 20s and 30s most often. Unfortunately, no one ever prepared me for such possibilities. I’m not referring to Grave’s disease per se, but rather the reality that as a woman my body would change in both predicable and unpredictable ways.

Since being diagnosed with thyroid disease, I’ve started a company called Bodyology which develops undergarments designed to protect women’s clothes from sweat. To this day, excessive perspiration is the only symptom that refuses to leave. Launching Bodyology has been a great experience. However, the part of it that always makes me smile is when women approach me and whisper, “I sweat too”. Just one more of those perfectly normal things we as women still have a hard time talking about.

So, to those of you in the throes of menopause, I encourage you to reach out to those of us currently at the doorstep of the great “change” to share your journey – not just the menopause part, but the whole story. Then maybe we won’t be so afraid when we’ve got to get that first biopsy, root canal or general first piece of seemingly bad news from the doctor that our perfect “temple” might be in need of some repair.

Kelly Burton, PhD is a social scientist and experienced entrepreneur.  While growing her successful research consulting firm in Atlanta, Ga, she developed thyroid disease which caused her to experience persistent sweats. After being unable to find modern, feminine garments that she could wear beneath her clothes, Kelly created Bodyology – the first full-body intimate apparel line dedicated to protecting women’s clothes from sweat. To learn more about Bodyology, visit the website.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Patricia May 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I noticed subtle changes in my body, but didn’t connect it to perimenopause. I had some sweating but not much. What got my attention was when I started experiencing anxiety attacks. Now, that I am fully into the process, I sweat at times that are the most embarrassing. During a meeting with a client, and giving presentations. I would love to own clothing that would make this transition in my life a bit more comfortable. Thank you, for creating this clothing line. Have you considered shape-wear too!

Kelly Burton May 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Hi Patricia,
We’ve gotten so many great ideas in talking to people. Who knows what the future holds. 😉 With that said, while our current garments don’t hold you in, they will definitely smooth you.

Jan May 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

I have hit menopause, but after 4 years, still dealing with these panic attacks, followed by a hot flash/unbelievable warmth. I also wake during the night suddenly with these attacks. One thing though that has happened is the number of events…they are finally lessening. Some nights I don’t have any, some nights its just one. At its worst, I was woken up 3-4 times a night.

I can see how your clothing would help us through this hot/sweaty time in our lives 🙂

Holly Osterman May 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Thanks to all for your sharing your thoughts. Glad you enjoyed our interview with Kelly and hope you connected with her journey. And congratulations to Patricia on winning a free Metro top compliments of Bodyology.

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