Have you recently found that you can't figure out what the tip should be on a bill or remember how to get on the freeway? Is it possible you aren't imagining that there is roughly a millisecond between the time when you realize you need to go to the bathroom and when you've already started to go? It could be that these strange symptoms happening to your mind, body, soul, and sex life are related to menopause, even if you aren't even fifty yet. You could be in perimenopause-the time of hormonal fluctuation leading up to menopause. To put it bluntly, you know you are perimenopausal when • the phrase, "I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants," turns into, "I laughed so hard I did wet my pants,"-and you didn't laugh all that hard; • you have the right to use the saying, "not by the hair of my chinny chin chin"; • you have, at least once, gotten so hot that you seriously considered completely stripping off every single piece of your clothing in a public place. In A Strange Period, authors Cindy Singer and Sheryl Gurrentz share their own experiences as well as anecdotes told by women at the "Hormonal Happy Hours" they hosted. They aren't afraid to discuss the gory details of the mental and physical changes they both experienced in their early forties.