"All That Tyranny of Biology"
The first meeting after a full moon
was almost always interesting, as
anyone newly turned would report
on the results of their change.
Hilla sought out their newest wolf.
"How did the moon go, Gabrielle?"
"I never thought I'd say this,"
said Gabrielle, "but being a wolf
a few nights a month is still easier
than dealing with the death throes of
two polycystic ovaries going bust."
"It's too bad your doctor sucks,"
said Minxie. "Nobody should
have to deal with a bad doctor
ignoring their pain. You deserve
better care than you've gotten."
"We don't always get what we
deserve," Gabrielle said with
a philosophical shrug. "I'm
enjoying my life, menopause
and all, so much. It's just
so great to grow into myself,
and not be bothered with
all that tyranny of biology."
"What do you think of
your wolf?" Hilla asked.
Gabrielle grinned. "She's
beautiful, and white like
my hair is now. I'm glad
I agreed to the cameras."
That had been a point of
some dispute in the pack,
because the cameras were
useful for safety purposes,
but not everyone felt safe
being filmed as a werewolf.
Plus of course, even watching
the change was pretty painful.
"What will you do now that you
feel better?" Minxie wondered.
"I think I'll take up hiking again,"
said Gabrielle. "I haven't felt up to it
in years, and I miss it. I don't have
any equipment for it, though, and
I don't even know what's current."
"I love hiking," said Hilla. "So does
Edith, but she's not here today. We
could visit a few wilderness stores
and see what appeals to you."
"Thank you," said Gabrielle.
"I think I'd like that. I really
appreciate you welcoming me."
"That's what pack is for," said Hilla.
* * *
Gabrielle Aguado -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and short white hair. Her heritage is Hispanic. She is 56 years old. Gabrielle suffers from polycystic ovaries and other problems related to menopause. She only managed to have 2 children, despite wanting more. Becoming a werewolf greatly reduced the number of pain days per month. Her wolf form is white.
* Period problems occur in about 7 in 10 women with PCOS. You may have irregular or light periods, or no periods at all.
* Fertility problems - you need to ovulate to become pregnant. You may not ovulate each month. Some women with PCOS do not ovulate at all. PCOS is one of the most common causes of not being able to get pregnant (infertility).
* Excess hair growth (hirsutism) occurs in more than half of women with PCOS. It is mainly on the face, lower tummy (abdomen) and chest. In other words, it tends to be male-pattern hair. This does not happen to all women with PCOS.
* Acne may persist beyond the normal teenage years.
* Thinning of scalp hair (similar to male pattern baldness) occurs in some cases.
* Weight gain - women with PCOS are more at risk of becoming overweight or obese.
* Depression or poor self-esteem may develop as a result of the other symptoms.
* * *
"I'm enjoying my life, post-menopause, so much. It's just so great to grow into yourself, and not be bothered with all that tyranny of biology."
-- Roseanne Barr
Hiking has many benefits. Modern wilderness stores offer some interesting gadgets.