We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My wife started blaming everything on "maybe it's menopause" starting at age 42 but was not fully past it until 57. She is a brilliant woman with an advanced degree. So let me offer this as a single example of why you should not trust women's subjective impressions of what is happening to them. Nor their husbands, who are also too close too the action. They have no clue either. Trust only what you can measure on camera, or in bloodwork, or as aggregate data over ten thousand individuals.
Assistant Village Idiot
You lost me at "The research did not illuminate findings among non-binary or transgender individuals with uteruses", seems more like an ad for the Doctor being promoted in the article.
That's where I stopped, too, though I was tempted when I read "So many women who come to us are like, 'My doctors aren’t doing anything for me.’ ... So many women are told, ‘Oh, maybe you should eat better, exercise, or try to have less stress in your life.’ And it’s like, no, they’re actually going through perimenopause and you can do something about it.” Or maybe it's like, hey, the doctor and the journalist and the editor are all 14 years old.
Seriously, brain fog, anxiety, and depression? It's easy to believe 60-80% of respondents claimed these symptoms, but even easier to believe 60-80% of any sample group would claim the same. Note also the dodge "perimenopause," which we might as well expand to womyn of all ages, not to mention hybrid genderoids of all uterus statuses.
My wife has definitely seen all of those symptoms, brain fog probably the worst, then anxiety.
I know I have Low T — tested a few months ago — and have seen depression symptoms in myself over the last few years. Insurance won’t cover treatment for me, but they will for teenage girls who identify as trans and want to transition. WTF! That’s 100% backwards.
The main takeaway for me: it’s truly amazing the effect that the entire endocrine system has on the mind and body. A key factor in so many mental and physcial health questions, yet few people think or talk about it and it seems “under-appreciated” in the medical community as a primary cause of various conditions (along with nutrition).
It is both overrated and underrated. In some places people take it as the explanation for everything, in others they hum and murmur and say "yes, the endocrine system is obviously very important. Next!"
This was my career (psychiatric emergencies) until I retired last year. My advice is to first grab hold hard of the things you can control - alcohol, sugar crashes, getting enough sleep (Matthew Walker's book) - and then go after getting doctors to listen to you from that solid foundation. You will find doctors much more willing to listen when you have already done those things. It marks you as a serious person, not some jibroney they are going to have to spend every appointment explaining things to.
In a just world, you should want them to see things from your POV. That happens, but it is not common. It works better if you take the time to see it from theirs, and work around that.
Assistant Village Idiot
Thanks, that’s good advice. I do okay on the things I can control but could probably aim a bit higher.
The doctor was sympathetic and he definitely knows I am a pretty serious guy who takes ownership of my health. Purely an insurance roadblock. I am resigned to it now, and doing what I can.