And It Is WonderfulI had brutal periods since I was eleven years old. Having children helped somewhat, but the periods were still bad.
Menopause for me took a couple of years, during which I simply got my period less and less frequently. I never had hot flashes or any other symptoms except for a little nausea.
According to Jared Diamond (author of The Third Chimpanzee), menopause is advantageous to human women because childbirth is so dangerous, and menopause prevents a woman from bearing children too late in life, enabling her to survive to raise the children she already has.
Since menopause, I don't have to worry about what day of the month it is. I don't have to plan trips around my period. I don't have to buy feminine hygiene products, or worry about not having them when and where I need them. If I travel abroad, I don't have to worry about figuring out where to buy them or how to ask for them.I don't have to worry about blood-stained clothes or wonder if I can find a bathroom in time to avoid leaking. I don't spend two days of every month in agony anymore. Menopause is WONDERFUL!