This Post is about my Menopause Journey, What I have learnt so far,during this season of my life ♥
Menopause, a word I have thrown around for about four years. I began to notice little changes in the way I felt both physically and emotionally.
I grew tired, agitated and generally a lot angrier than I have ever been.
Little things that never really bothered me started to, and everyone else got to hear about it !
I visited my GP who ran blood test and told me that I was not in the stages of menopause, so I went away feeling like I was going slightly mad !
CAN YOU RELATE ?
So I carried on having dodgy period (even though I had a mirena coil), and instead worried that maybe there was something wrong with me, that was undetected. (A sign of the menopause, thinking there is something wrong with you all of the time, and I have friends who can testify to constantly googling their ailments)
I was sent for scans, in case there was something wrong only to be told they were all clear.
I still do not know to this day why I was not told, your probably in the early stages of the menopause, and to be honest the blood tests mean nothing.
I mean lets face it, Women today are under so much pressure with their constant organising that they hardly have time to really establish whats going on with their bodies.
So the straw that broke the Camels Back !
I turned into an emotional mess… I would cry over absolutely nothing. So much so that at one point I nearly walked out of a gym class as I started crying during the burpes section !
I really could not cope with anything, no matter how small.
Dealing with Auto-Immune Disorder as well put an added strain on me.
So I visited my GP, who wanted to put me on…. ANTI DEPRESSANTS !
If you are on anti depressants because of any other reason that is totally understandable, so please do not think I am against them.
What I am against is being prescribed them when I am not depressed. I have hormones that are going for a walk and leaving my body that’s it.
I returned to my GP a week later with a request to be put onto HRT. I was not taking the Anti Depressants and that was final.
My GP agreed (Probably to scared to do anything else) and I was prescribed Estradiol.
Now I know there has been a lot of scares with regards to HRT and the side effects, but I have come to the conclusion that my quality of life far out-ways this. To be quite honest my families sanity is pretty important too !
SO WHAT HAVE I LEARNT SO FAR ON THIS JOURNEY ?
Its okay to question what your GP says to you.
This is a normal process that every woman in the land will have to go through at some time in her life, and we need to start talking about it more.
There needs to be more support for women when it comes to dealing with the changes on our bodies and emotions.
We need to support one another, and if that means setting up a Facebook group for your area that encourages women to help one another then do it ! Get together once a month, obtain resources.
Research, Research, Research !
(There are so many books around on the topics of Hormones, read some of them)
(Knowledge is very powerful)
Look into your diet, lifestyle, health and well being
You are important, take time for yourself or you will burn out
Take the tablets, and get advice
Talk to your friends and try and explain to your husband, partner, children what you are going through. Ask them to help you through this season so that it is as enjoyable as the other seasons.
Don’t take yourself to seriously
I have listed some resources that you may find helpful, or please feel free to message me with any questions or advice, I would love to hear from you xxx