While I knew that it would eventually happen, last fall one month I didn't have my period. After 40 years of having one pretty regularly except for during my one pregnancy this was a little unsettling. Then it came back for a couple of months, but then didn't occur for two months. I knew that erratic periods were part of the experience, but not knowing exactly when it will appear is another matter. My husband and I have always liked menstrual sex so eventually that will go away, too.
Now some of the women who read this would probably love to give up having their periods, but for me I'd gladly keep it if I could give up the hot flashes. These are hard to explain, but they don't usually last long unless they come in a series, which sometimes happens, but also can occur when I'm otherwise freezing cold.
I've never been known as a moody person, but this hormonal roller coaster has changed all of that. My poor husband has been great though, comforting me and tolerating all of this with good spirits. Fortunately, I still have a sex drive even if it also has those swings with my moods.
As I said this is a unique experience and I'll write more when the spirit moves me. Thanks for putting up with what might have been a moody venting.