6 Things I wish I had known about Menopause

Thankfully I am through menopause, but I can remember wondering what the hell was happening to me at the time. So, today on World Menopause Day, I started thinking about what I would say to the peri-menopausal me……..

1. No two women will have exactly the same experience – Obvious when you think about it, but when ‘something’ is happening to you, but not to your friend or visa versa, it can be confusing. Don’t stress, book an appointment with your GP and be honest about how you are feeling. They know you and your personal medical history and are best placed to offer advice.

2. When will it actually start and how long it will last? – Our periods usually just start, often without warning! But I found that going into menopause, after always being regular, they just became erratic. When my GP asked when my last period was, I had no idea really, I just guessed. By definition, ‘Menopause’ is reached once a woman has not had a period for a whole year. So, I would recommend keeping a note in your diary or on your phone (there will probably be an App for it now!) The average age for menopause is 51, but can start as early as the 30’s or as late as the 60’s.

3. Menopause is a gradual process; it doesn’t just appear overnight. Some women just sail through, no problems whatsoever. Others suffer the whole range of physical, mental and emotional issues. Again, keep a note of how you are feeling, the more information you can give your GP, the better.

4. There are more symptoms than physical hot flushes and night sweats. Emotional and mental issues such as tiredness, irritability, memory problems and rapid mood swings can start to build up too. Get them checked out before they grow into something bigger such as anxiety, stress or depression. There are lots of changes going on in our lives around this time and any change can be difficult. Be kind to yourself.

5. It’s important to practice some self-care, eat healthily, exercise and maybe try some holistic therapies such as Reiki, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology which can help improve sleep, encourage relaxation and promote feelings of wellness.

6. Try using some Essential oils. They are very effective for some symptoms of menopause. Used topically or aromatically in a diffuser, I would suggest trying
Clary Sage – balances hormones
Ylang Ylang – promotes relaxation and emotional release
Geranium – supports hormone and emotional balance
I do hope you can take something positive from my thoughts on World Menopause Day and I send love and healing to anyone struggling through menopause right now. Don’t be afraid to ask for support!http://www.lostockhallmedicalcentre.co.uk/news.aspx