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28. I was one of the lucky ones
who never had much of a problem with menstruation, so when it became apparent, in my mid 40s, that I was peri-menopausal, I was very depressed for a long time.

That whole "losing my youth" thing, you know.

Now that I'm on the other side of menopause, it's not a big issue. Like you said, one less annoying thing to deal with, but in my case, only because the getting here was a huge hassle.

Perimenopause lasted more than ten miserable years, and the "flooding" and hot flashes and everything else that can happen were hell.

God, at times I thought I was my own evil twin.

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  -Why it costs more to be a woman Maine-ah  Jan-01-10 10:12 AM   #0 
  - I usually buy men's shoes and boots because they're made better for a better price. YMMV, because  Brickbat   Jan-01-10 10:15 AM   #1 
  - I Always Buy "Mens" Jeans- They Come In Actual Measurement Sizes That Fit  we can do it   Jan-01-10 10:37 AM   #20 
  - Mens pants are fine for those who are short-waisted.  bobbolink   Jan-01-10 09:02 PM   #121 
     - Some of Us Are Pretty Straight Up and Down  we can do it   Jan-02-10 11:36 AM   #162 
        - Remember the days when there were CHOICES in sizes???  bobbolink   Jan-02-10 12:40 PM   #167 
           - Yes and Whats Up with Size "0" ???  we can do it   Jan-02-10 08:00 PM   #178 
  - Women's shoes seem to come in either pink or plastic...  badgerpup   Jan-01-10 11:09 AM   #41 
  - While I have seen pink women's shoes, I find it's more common  Kalyke   Jan-01-10 01:29 PM   #69 
  - I usually buy boys' shoes. I'm a ladies size 7 and can fit in a  FourScore   Jan-01-10 11:28 AM   #47 
  - You Are So Lucky, I've Got a Friend Who Does the Same Thing  we can do it   Jan-02-10 08:02 PM   #179 
  - When I can find them,  LWolf   Jan-01-10 12:04 PM   #58 
  - Wide feet here.  juno jones   Jan-01-10 12:55 PM   #60 
     - Same here.  wickerwoman   Jan-01-10 03:08 PM   #94 
        - In work I am fortunate.  juno jones   Jan-01-10 10:03 PM   #130 
  - On the flip side of that  Robb   Jan-01-10 10:17 AM   #2 
  - I used to only buy my clothing in the mens dept  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:17 AM   #3 
  - I buy men's products sometimes too.  ananda   Jan-01-10 10:22 AM   #8 
  - oh yes haircuts  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:25 AM   #12 
  - I've Been Going To Best Cuts, Same Price for Everyone  we can do it   Jan-01-10 01:26 PM   #68 
  - Men's haircuts....grrrrrrrr!  femrap   Jan-01-10 10:46 AM   #26 
  - They've had places like that for centuries  jmowreader   Jan-01-10 05:35 PM   #104 
  - No, most barbers aren't women  femrap   Jan-01-10 08:17 PM   #115 
     - I read the post.  jmowreader   Jan-01-10 10:49 PM   #134 
        - OK....  femrap   Jan-02-10 08:43 AM   #159 
  - My hairdresser is truly an artist.  LiberalAndProud   Jan-02-10 02:02 PM   #170 
     - Your hairdresser works  femrap   Jan-02-10 06:58 PM   #177 
  - jean pockets piss me off  Maine-ah   Jan-01-10 11:10 AM   #42 
  - hah!  Mari333   Jan-01-10 11:18 AM   #45 
  - Breast sweat is NOT covered by your phone insurance.  WonderGrunion   Jan-01-10 11:35 AM   #51 
  - What is this "bra" thing of which you speak?  Le Taz Hot   Jan-01-10 01:03 PM   #61 
     - lol. I don't wear my bra at home either  liberal_at_heart   Jan-01-10 02:36 PM   #83 
     - hah!  Mari333   Jan-01-10 03:01 PM   #93 
     - lol, I don't wear it unless I have to leave the house  Maine-ah   Jan-02-10 06:59 AM   #156 
  - Try going in the hair salon and telling them you want a men's cut.  FourScore   Jan-01-10 11:30 AM   #48 
  - I have always been a savvy shopper, and love the thrift stores. very much a part of the "buy  niyad   Jan-01-10 11:03 AM   # 
  - I don't know if anyone has noticed  AspenRose   Jan-01-10 01:33 PM   #70 
  - Goop  niceypoo   Jan-01-10 10:19 AM   #4 
  - lolol I remember buying goop when I was young  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:20 AM   #6 
  - My wife used to use a lot of Nivea on her face.  MineralMan   Jan-01-10 10:28 AM   #16 
  - Mineral Oil is VERY drying....  femrap   Jan-01-10 10:49 AM   #31 
  - Unscented Mens Hair Goop Is About 25% the Cost of Womens  we can do it   Jan-01-10 10:42 AM   #24 
  - My all-purpose face to toes goop is a tub of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $10 gets you over a pound  Hekate   Jan-02-10 02:21 AM   #148 
  - Women spend more on clothing too I would think  panader0   Jan-01-10 10:19 AM   #5 
  - there is nothing more delightful  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:21 AM   #7 
  - I've been looking forward to menopause since I was 11.  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:24 AM   #10 
  - hahahahaha  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:27 AM   #15 
     - I don't know if it's because I grew up in the south, but girls actually looked FORWARD to  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:32 AM   #19 
     - LOL I remember that but there was no joy  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:39 AM   #22 
        - My brother, eight years younger than me, believed Kotex were "shoe fillers."  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:47 AM   #27 
        - well Honey, That Was The Best Post I ever Saw on DU  Mari333   Jan-01-10 10:49 AM   #30 
        - Oh, it's all funny until little brother put all the pieces together when he was about 14  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:56 AM   #34 
        - My nephew couldn't understand why my sister always bought those boxes of  Arkansas Granny   Jan-01-10 02:31 PM   #78 
        - Warning...kinda icky  badgerpup   Jan-01-10 10:57 AM   #35 
        - Aw, that's not nearly as icky as the propaganda that was foisted upon us, badgerpup.  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:59 AM   #36 
        - "Tampons are only for married women"  Le Taz Hot   Jan-01-10 01:16 PM   #62 
        - hhahahahahahaha  Mari333   Jan-01-10 11:07 AM   #39 
        - Just as icky....  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 11:18 AM   #44 
        - Kotex "Classics"  PassingFair   Jan-02-10 08:09 PM   #181 
        - Remember That Box  RobinA   Jan-02-10 08:08 PM   #180 
     - +1,000  tonysam   Jan-01-10 10:46 AM   #25 
     - based on your calculation, I'm doin' the math RIGHT NOW!  Heidi   Jan-01-10 11:03 AM   #38 
        - Well, for me it's :  kestrel91316   Jan-01-10 11:57 AM   #55 
     - I was one of the lucky ones  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 10:47 AM   #28 
        - I didn't have problems, either, but I was damned glad it was over.  tonysam   Jan-01-10 10:50 AM   #32 
           - I hear ya...  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 11:08 AM   #40 
  - My sweetheart has been going through the change for nearly five years  panader0   Jan-01-10 10:39 AM   #23 
  - I had the night sweat shit for a couple of years.  tonysam   Jan-01-10 10:48 AM   #29 
  - *sigh*  ismnotwasm   Jan-01-10 10:53 PM   #136 
  - Women's clothing is more expensive and badly made  csziggy   Jan-01-10 11:50 AM   #54 
     - I Had the Exact Same Thing Happen To Me  we can do it   Jan-01-10 01:25 PM   #66 
     - I would say that it's not more expensive, but it is poorly made...  HuckleB   Jan-01-10 09:27 PM   #125 
     - One of my pet peeves!  Dulcinea   Jan-02-10 05:46 AM   #155 
  - Recommended.  Heidi   Jan-01-10 10:23 AM   #9 
  - The trouble is, the bunk works. If women refused to pay more they couldn't charge more.  elocs   Jan-01-10 10:24 AM   #11 
  - Uh-huh. It's the women's fault. Riiight. n/t  FourScore   Jan-01-10 11:32 AM   #49 
  - Please explain to me in the example given how women could be charged a higher price  elocs   Jan-01-10 12:01 PM   #56 
  - Unless they are being forced to buy this stuff  JonQ   Jan-01-10 01:23 PM   #64 
     - I have a friend who works in a machine shop-- he told me the policy  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 08:56 PM   #118 
        - Assuming that any of that is true  JonQ   Jan-01-10 09:56 PM   #127 
           - ah, so accuse me of being a liar.  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 10:09 PM   #132 
              - I don't know if you are telling the truth or not  JonQ   Jan-01-10 11:15 PM   #142 
                 - No, your a deliberately obtuse one  Lorien   Jan-02-10 03:01 AM   #152 
                    - Incorrect  JonQ   Jan-02-10 10:59 AM   #160 
  - Damn straight, but we are so saturated with marketing from cradle to grave  Gormy Cuss   Jan-01-10 02:58 PM   #92 
  - plus many of us have the cost of bleeding once a month  ensho   Jan-01-10 10:25 AM   #13 
  - I've been waiting for a chance to hawk my latest discovery...  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 10:37 AM   #21 
     - I use sea sponge tampons I dont know if they would work for you situation  EndersDame   Jan-02-10 12:05 AM   #146 
  - as a woman, I lol'ed. Unless it involves an orgasmic like sensation....  KittyWampus   Jan-01-10 10:26 AM   #14 
  - I don't need a study to tell me that.  asdjrocky   Jan-01-10 10:29 AM   #17 
  - Whenever I can, I buy mens clothing/shoes  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 10:31 AM   #18 
  - I, too, have discovered  femrap   Jan-01-10 10:55 AM   #33 
     - One place I occasionally buy women's clothing from  pipi_k   Jan-01-10 11:13 AM   #43 
        - Thanks for the tip....nt  femrap   Jan-01-10 03:38 PM   #97 
  - haven't ever bought nivea, now, definitely never will. time to make a phone call. .  niyad   Jan-01-10 11:01 AM   #37 
  - I certainly don't buy products because they have girly beads or moisture strips in them  liberal_at_heart   Jan-01-10 02:28 PM   #76 
  - It costs far more to be a married man  Oregone   Jan-01-10 11:25 AM   #46 
  - I think what you mean is that it's more expensive to be a head-of-household  Book Lover   Jan-01-10 11:39 AM   #53 
  - Yeah, but its not as funny sounding that way  Oregone   Jan-01-10 06:39 PM   #109 
  - Oh bullshit. I know married men who haven't worked in five years. Their wives not  Lorien   Jan-01-10 12:07 PM   #59 
  - actually, you are wrong. every study show a man does better financially and emotionally  seabeyond   Jan-01-10 01:26 PM   #67 
  - You don't understand.  Oregone   Jan-01-10 06:38 PM   #108 
     - what i understand is i dont like to spend money. i dont waste my money on fads ect...  seabeyond   Jan-01-10 10:45 PM   #133 
        - Simply put: Buying both is more expensive than buying either one  Oregone   Jan-01-10 11:40 PM   #143 
  - It costs even more  JonQ   Jan-01-10 01:37 PM   #71 
     - so it is ALL a mans  seabeyond   Jan-01-10 02:47 PM   #87 
     - On another thread  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:49 PM   #88 
        - again, the assumptions i am "flying off handle" with a simple question i ask you  seabeyond   Jan-01-10 02:52 PM   #90 
           - I think you have poor reading skills  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:56 PM   #91 
     - In other words, it costs more to make bad decisions.  LanternWaste   Jan-01-10 04:21 PM   #99 
     - happy new years to you....  seabeyond   Jan-01-10 04:55 PM   #102 
     - It's gotten flaky around here in the past six months  LanternWaste   Jan-01-10 06:03 PM   #107 
     - I suppose  JonQ   Jan-01-10 06:55 PM   #111 
        - I was not gender specific  LanternWaste   Jan-01-10 08:22 PM   #116 
           - You responded to a statement that was gender specific  JonQ   Jan-01-10 08:57 PM   #119 
              - wrong. Gender neutral statements  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 09:16 PM   #123 
              - I'm afraid I was not  LanternWaste   Jan-01-10 10:54 PM   #137 
                 - Scroll up  JonQ   Jan-01-10 11:01 PM   #138 
                    - an answer may often be more specific or more general than the question.  LanternWaste   Jan-02-10 02:04 AM   #147 
     - Now, that made me lol.  LiberalAndProud   Jan-02-10 02:18 PM   #171 
  - Skin sensation tech, is part of the magic they sell women. It's all hyperbola.  Gman2   Jan-01-10 11:33 AM   #50 
  - what a load of woman hating crap- we control the tone by what- being overworked and underpaid...LOL  bettyellen   Jan-01-10 02:20 PM   #74 
  - Every salesman, madison avenuer, waitress knows this. Cept you.  Gman2   Jan-01-10 03:10 PM   #95 
     - They're in on the conspiracy too  JonQ   Jan-01-10 03:17 PM   #96 
     - so you're powerless while earning 130% of what women do and keeping them underemployed is some  bettyellen   Jan-01-10 04:49 PM   #100 
        - Who ever said I let men off the hook?  Gman2   Jan-01-10 04:53 PM   #101 
  - Unlike men, who NEVER buy for the magic of BIG DICKitude.  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 09:18 PM   #124 
     - While all the commercials prove SOME insecurity, most men dont buy that shit.  Gman2   Jan-02-10 12:30 PM   #165 
        - links, please  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-02-10 05:12 PM   #174 
  - Make up, hair products  treestar   Jan-01-10 11:36 AM   #52 
  - This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. On top of that we only make 0.60 on  Lorien   Jan-01-10 12:03 PM   #57 
  - I'm calling BS on that  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:44 PM   #85 
  - you really are clueless, aren't you? what fantasy world do you live in, where you think women can  niyad   Jan-01-10 04:20 PM   #98 
  - Keep fighting to good fight!  JonQ   Jan-01-10 09:57 PM   #128 
  - Sorry kiddo, your the one breathing thin air on your very own imaginary world. nt  Lorien   Jan-02-10 02:51 AM   #150 
  - Adding to that - Here's what happens in the real world  noamnety   Jan-01-10 11:10 PM   #139 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-02-10 03:12 AM   #154 
  - This happened at one of America's biggest corporations  Lorien   Jan-02-10 02:50 AM   #149 
  - Nope, against calling BS  JonQ   Jan-02-10 11:04 AM   #161 
  - It is very difficult to wage a discrimination case of any kind.  LiberalAndProud   Jan-02-10 02:26 PM   #172 
  - What A complete Load of Crap  we can do it   Jan-02-10 08:17 PM   #182 
  - Reality Check  RobinA   Jan-02-10 08:22 PM   #183 
  - Salary discrimination is against the law. If some boss really did admit such  dustbunnie   Jan-01-10 05:31 PM   #103 
     - Even when there is proof of discrimination or harassment at a job  jmm   Jan-01-10 05:51 PM   #106 
     - It's hard to get evidence together when you're forced to sneak around --  dustbunnie   Jan-01-10 06:45 PM   #110 
        - I once had a boss steal my phone number,  jmm   Jan-01-10 07:00 PM   #113 
     - Yeah, I could have sued against a corporation that has almost never lost a  Lorien   Jan-02-10 02:55 AM   #151 
     - I Worked as a Paralegal  RobinA   Jan-02-10 08:33 PM   #184 
  - Women get charged more because they are willing to pay more  JonQ   Jan-01-10 01:20 PM   #63 
  - actually, we don't all go to the men;s section to comparison shop, but thanks for the blame!  bettyellen   Jan-01-10 02:17 PM   #72 
  - You comment makes little sense  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:31 PM   #79 
  - What's stopping you? Accepting sticker price is for suckers.  anigbrowl   Jan-01-10 07:03 PM   #114 
  - actually, we don't all go to the men;s section to comparison shop, but thanks for the blame!  bettyellen   Jan-01-10 02:17 PM   #73 
  - However, when there are no good alternatives at present, prices just become sticky at those levels.  Zynx   Jan-01-10 02:29 PM   #77 
  - Fortunately "mens" soap also works on women  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:34 PM   #81 
     - There are social constaints against that.  Zynx   Jan-01-10 02:36 PM   #82 
        - Perhaps you should stop showering in public  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:39 PM   #84 
        - We have to be strong enough to stand up for ourselves  liberal_at_heart   Jan-01-10 02:47 PM   #86 
        - Also  JonQ   Jan-01-10 02:52 PM   #89 
  - They'll also pay $200 for a sack to keep the $40 worth of stuff they carry around with them  DatManFromNawlins   Jan-02-10 12:03 AM   #145 
  - Women are also socialized by our society to buy a lot more useless consumerist crap.  Odin2005   Jan-01-10 01:24 PM   #65 
  - To this I take umbrage  lastliberalintexas   Jan-01-10 10:03 PM   #129 
  - I notice it when shopping for my son and my daughter  liberal_at_heart   Jan-01-10 02:25 PM   #75 
  - The media has tricked them into believing that they need to  Taitertots   Jan-01-10 02:33 PM   #80 
  - It's dumb to assume women have more sensitive skin than men!  cherish44   Jan-01-10 05:50 PM   #105 
  - Because women will pay more for shit they don't need?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Jan-01-10 06:57 PM   #112 
  - Yeah, my uncle "needed" that 4 wheeler  lastliberalintexas   Jan-01-10 10:08 PM   #131 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-02-10 03:10 AM   #153 
  - It only costs more to be a woman if you fall for marketing that easily.  cbdo2007   Jan-01-10 08:42 PM   #117 
  - lot more reasons than just this.... try finding women's size quality work boots  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 09:00 PM   #120 
  - Methinks you're a young'un  Ms. Toad   Jan-01-10 09:07 PM   #122 
  - don't assume.  Maine-ah   Jan-02-10 07:17 AM   #157 
     - It wasn't an assumption -  Ms. Toad   Jan-02-10 08:39 AM   #158 
  - There are a lot of gouges we can avoid, but there are plenty that are much more difficult  BlancheSplanchnik   Jan-01-10 09:40 PM   #126 
  - women are willing to pay $ aren't.  dysfunctional press   Jan-01-10 10:51 PM   #135 
  - Apparently it's not that simple  JonQ   Jan-01-10 11:13 PM   #141 
     - Well, Jonny boy, some of us HAVE to buy women's clothing because  Lydia Leftcoast   Jan-02-10 11:48 AM   #163 
        - We were ALL a woman, in a previous life. In my instance, 49 and 9 months ago.  Gman2   Jan-02-10 12:38 PM   #166 
        - You don't have to buy overpriced womens clothes  JonQ   Jan-02-10 01:45 PM   #168 
  - I now wear  ismnotwasm   Jan-01-10 11:12 PM   #140 
  - Bit more than a 2-buck difference for cars  KamaAina   Jan-01-10 11:56 PM   #144 
     - Now that's some of the happiest horseshit I've heard in long time!  MindPilot   Jan-02-10 12:23 PM   #164 
        - Bingo  JonQ   Jan-02-10 01:47 PM   #169 
        - Thanks Rush!  Kingofalldems   Jan-02-10 05:24 PM   #175 
           - Thanks for the brilliant riposte!  JonQ   Jan-02-10 06:33 PM   #176 
        - +1, from someone else that worked in a dealership for quite a few years. n/t  tammywammy   Jan-02-10 02:43 PM   #173 

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