I went through menopause in my late 40s and was tickled pink about it. I don't miss the cramps, the headaches, the out-of-control bleeding, the inconvenience of having to carry pads and tampons all the time (and never knowing when I'd start...or stop). I also don't miss the mess, the smell, none of it. I did love being pregnant, but that accounted for only a short time out of my thirty-five plus years of periods. Compared with all that, perimenopause was a cakewalk, and when I finally stopped having them altogether the hot flashes and mood irregularities went away too. I'm lucky like that.