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.
Image from Nicholas Duell
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!