Health & Lifestyle: The Dreaded M Word

Health & Lifestyle: The Dreaded M Word

If you’re wondering what dreaded ‘M’ word I’m talking about it’s…the dreaded MENOPAUSE!  Urgh!  I mentioned this on my loathe list last week, and shared how I suspect I was going through peri-menopause.  For those of you who are a bit confused as to what it means, well, according to the Australian Menopause Centre (yeah, did you know there was such a centre??) it’s a transition phase towards menopause.  I know some of you might say, “but you’re not even 40 yet?!”.  Trust me, I thought the same thing too.  But if I go by these symptoms that I went through a few weeks ago, then I dare say I’m at the beginning of that stage already.

dreaded M word

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The Dreaded M Word

A friend of mine once shared with me that once your daughter hits puberty, it signals the start of your own menopause cycle.  Let’s just say that wasn’t a statement that I welcomed with open arms.  I mean, sure the promise of not having your periods anymore might seem rather attractive but, we all know the other unattractive issues that come hand in hand with hitting menopause.

Hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia (possibly caused by night sweats), irritability (possibly caused by the lack of sleep!), mood swings (need I say more?), low libido and best of all…vaginal dryness.  The irony of not having your menstrual cycle and not worrying about getting pregnant and yet not being able to enjoy any form of sexual intimacy with your partner?  What the?

Ok, I should stop stating the negative effects of having menopause though because that’s not what this post is about.  It should be about embracing the stages and educating ourselves with what we can expect when we reach the peri-menopause and then ultimately the menopausal stage in our lives right?

I’ll try to find out more information and share it with you in a series of posts – not every week of course because I’m sure not everyone is interested (although you should be because you’ll be heading there at some point of your life?) in this topic.

This was a very brief post.  What I’d say an introduction of what’s to come.

Stay tuned next week when I share with you what symptoms and how those symptoms were, for me to suspect that I’m going through the early stages of peri-menopause.

Have you gone through or are going through peri-menopause or menopause?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences either in the comments section or you can email me over at [email protected] to share your story!




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  • A good topic, Norlin, that people often shy away from. I haven’t started yet, but my Mum went through early menopause starting at about 35 or 36, so if I take after her it will only be a few short years away.

    • Norlin says:

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, I have yet to find blogs that write about this topic. I wonder if when you’re supposed to get your menopause is related to when your mum had hers or is it when your daughters hit puberty…

  • Kathryn Skinner says:

    Oh yes menopause…it sucks big time. Oh yes, no periods to worry about anymore. But, the night sweats which lasted for 2 weeks – then the hot flushes which were a nightmare. Irritability yes! Weight gain bloody hell yes! Now though, it seems to have passed. Thank goodness because I really thought I was going nuts. Puberty is bad enough, but menopause is way worse. I struggled with the thought of my youth being gone, no more babies – even though in reality I would not have wanted any more, and just being older. There is a new calmness with being older, and accepting it. I just wish I wasn’t so bloody fat! Kathryn x

    • Norlin says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience Kathryn. I love hearing real-life experience with no b.s so that we know what we’ll be expecting. Sure it’s scary but we all have to go through it. I do get where you’re coming from with the “no more babies” part even if you didn’t intend to have anymore – I had the same thoughts exactly.

  • I really needed to read this article. I’m in no danger of going through menopause any time soon, but I need to be aware of it. My Grandma was early. My mother was late. I don’t know where I’ll be. I’m prepared to put up with weight gain and night sweats if I can get rid of my PMDD – the only known cure is menopause!

  • Suzie says:

    Oh yes, the fabulously changeable perimenopause. I had a book about it once but I suspect I got rid of it as I never looked at it.

    I actually welcomed the first few symptoms as I’d been anticipating them for far too long having had problems with my cycle for many, many years. Now I’m in perimenopause I’m anxiously awaiting the other side with no more periods.

    • Norlin says:

      I think I’m going through my early stages of perimenopause Suzie! Might have to do an interview with you and have you share your experience of being IN the perimenopause stage. I think this is something not many women share about, something that needs to be shared so we know what we could expect even if we might all have different symptoms as such.

  • […] shared last week the fact that I might be going through some very early stages of perimenopause.  This week, I […]

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