Hot flashes, night sweats?
Updated: Jan 11, 2019
It has happened.
I wasn't expecting it.
I certainly wasn't looking for it.
I didn't think I was even old enough!
I didn't want to admit it and I certainly didn't think I'd write about it, however here I am at the ripe old age of forty-six experiencing 'peri-menopausal' symptoms. How did this happen?
I am not ready.
I'm really not.
What even is 'peri-menopause' and why has no-one warned me about this!
I have discovered that menopausal symptoms can begin in your forties or even your thirties and normally lasts until you fully enter menopause.
I came across an article in the Irish Sun by Irish presenter Lorraine Keane, in her early forties and also suffering from symptoms of peri-menopause.
She is embarking on a tour (with a natural health supplement) all over Ireland called 'Let's talk about hormones' to raise awareness of peri-menopause and it's effects on women in their thirties and forties.
A great idea as I have to agree very little is written about what happens to a woman before she enters menopause.
In fact I had never even heard of Peri-menopause until a couple of years ago when I worked on a campaign for Menopause Woman.
Author Jill D Davey knows all about the menopause and has researched it thoroughly.
She's an avid supporter of Bioidentical Hormones - check out her website and her book - both fabulous reads.
It's most definitely a topic that needs to be discussed more and hopefully in this digital age, more and more woman will discuss peri-menopause and menopause.
Especially as it can cause depression, something that I also suffer from, and I didn't even know that this can also be a peri-menopausal symptom. I certainly don't have a lot of menopause symptoms yet, however I have a few which I am struggling with already.
Oh my God!
Never mind global warming I could single handedly melt the ice caps myself.
I am a like a furnace.
The heat rises from my middle to my neck & face and I feel and look like I've been locked inside a sauna for a couple of days.
I often have a cold shower or stand outside in the garden to cool down - in torrential rain and gale force winds as long as it's cold!
No need to switch on central heating in my house.
I actually think I could sleep for three days solid.
My energy levels have reached an all time low (even for me).
I struggle to get out of bed in the morning even after 8 hours uninterruted sleep, and I'm ashamed to say I've fallen asleep at my desk.
Even at the weekend I find myself opting for jammies and netflix instead of heading out for a few gins!
On the occassions that I do venture out, at around 1opm I find myself fantasising about being all cosy and comfy at home with a mug of tea.
I don't want to feel like this just yet.
This is not DivaMum behaviour!
Mother and Daughter
I did share a special mother and daughter moment with my own mother.
After confiding with her my symptoms she said "I think the time has come to give you this"". I was excited. I was thinking maybe she is going to give me a family heirloom, a special piece of jewellery, one of her beautiful dress rings?
No, it was a ladycare menopause magnet.
Okay so it was in a beautiful little pouch, however I was crushed.
It's really happening, my ovaries are drying up, my eggs are fried!
No warning, nothing at all.
What is this shit, and they say it can last for ten years -shoot me now.
If you are suffering symptoms, please share.
I'd love to hear your coping mechanisms.
Do yout take any medication or supplements?
Let's have a mental breakdown together DM