• Menopause

    Menopause Monday – hot stuff

    One of the most well know side effects of menopause is hot flushes. There is even a musical named after it! But do they need to be a part of the next few years of your life or can you do anything about them? The science bit! Hot flushes are caused by the sudden dilation of blood vessels in the skin and then heat is released. It is caused by falling oestrogen levels that cause a hormonal imbalance in the hypothalamus (which regulates your body temperature) The real life bit! They are a pain in the backside! They wake you up at night, disturb your sleep, make you feel self…

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    Menopause Monday – Control

    Like I said last week, I think most of us thrive on routine and being in control of our lives. We work, we have kids or grandchildren to look after, we lead busy lives and have a lot going on. And we probably went through a stage of feeling like we had it under control, at least some of the time. But then all of a sudden we are not getting enough sleep because of night sweats, we have to write every single little thing down or we’ll forget it. We burst into tears at the slightest thing making us feel like we are not normal. When we are in…

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    Menopause Monday – What is causing all this?

    A lot of anxiety surrounding the menopause comes from us not knowing what is going on. And not getting the information until we have been suffering for a long time. Some of that suffering can be avoided with better understanding. That’s kind of why I started this thing. I bought a book last week about the menopause and my mum laughed at me and joked ‘well you can never be too prepared’. But that’s the problem, why are we waiting until we have gone through years of suffering before we find out about it. We don’t do this with our girls going through puberty do we. We don’t leave them…

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    Who me??? Really??

    The thing with menopause is that people don’t think it will happen to them. They think menopause happens when you get old and none of us want to admit we are getting old. So we prefer to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that it isn’t happening. The weight gain is just down to laziness. The night sweats are to do with cheap Primarni nightwear. The forgetfulness is just because we are just too busy. And we don’t drink enough water. And all these things can be true as well. If we went to the doctor would we get an answer? I’m not sure we would. It would…

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    Menopause Monday – how do you know?

    The trouble with the menopause is that no one talks about it. And if no one talks about it how do you know what it is? Especially if you are younger than 50. Surely you are too young for any of that menopause stuff so you dismiss it as something else and just put up with it. That’s what I was doing, at 40 years old I didn’t feel confident talking to people about it. I worried that if I talked to friends about it they would they think I thought they were older than they were! Then I saw Meg Matthews talk on Loose Women about her experiences. She…

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    Menopause Monday – and so it begins

    I’m 40, only for a few weeks, but I’m hanging on to that zero for as long as I can! I starting thinking about the menopause about 6 months ago. I was changing and it wasn’t just the whole hitting 40 thing, my body was changing. It took a shift in my mid 30s, I couldn’t keep the weight off as easier as before, my hair was getting very grey and I was very angry and stressed. Going back on the pill helped with the last two, but the others I had to take into my own hands. After all the excitement of celebrating being 40, (and I really did…

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