Can I survive the menopause without going crazy?

I never gave this a second thought. Then it hit me, I am in my late forties, in a constant state of continuous denial, that in a few years, I will be slamming headlong into a seriously big milestone, one I want to forget.  A milestone that screams: “You are getting old!” And slowly it’s dawning on me that the menopause will be the next big thing to hit my life. And I am wondering if I can survive the menopause without going crazy?

Can I survive the menopause without going crazy?

Menopause…. I’m not old enough!

I still think I am 25. But I’m not.

I’m getting slower, I ache a little more, and I am getting just a little more forgetful.  Apparently, the menopause can start between the ages of 45 and 55, and I’m well within that age range.

I can run but I can’t hide….the menopause is coming

Symptoms of the menopause can start a few months or a few years before it really does hit. They call this the perimenopause phase. The female body is a bitch.

This is not fair. I could be stuck in the menopausal departure lounge for a few years. This means the perimenopause could have already started. OMG and am so not ready for this!

The menopause, what should I look out for?

Memory loss

The actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel have written a brilliant article about this hot topic in Lenny Letter.

She talks about memory loss or the ‘menopause brain’.

I  have yet get out of mummy brain mode, and now I find out I’m going into menopause brain – there is no escape.

I’m already, dare I say it, having moments:

  • Like the time I set the parental controls on Wonder Boy’s tablet, only to promptly forget the password and now we can’t reset it. He’s booted out a 8 pm and can’t download any games
  • I walk into a room and completely forget why I am there (hoping that’s totally normal)
  • I’m alway losing my keys. I can never remember where I have left them (please tell me I’m just disorganised)
  • I’m constantly thinking I need to be doing something, but I can’t remember what or why (tell me all I need is a sodding to-list)

And then there are:

  • hot flushes –I will be rosy-cheeked, hot and sweaty
  • night sweats – better buy some Egyptian cotton sheets and cute cotton pyjamas
  • difficulty sleeping – I’ll be loading up the kindle
  • a reduced sex drive – Noooooooo!
  • pain, itching or discomfort during sex – ouch!
  • headaches – pop another paracetamol
  • mood changes, such as low mood or anxiety – is that any different from PMS. I’m already a moody cow!
  • palpitations – oh really for who?
  • joint stiffness, aches and pains – oh blimey I’m already a bit stiff in the mornings
  • reduced muscle mass – what? Spindly legs and osteoporosis?
  • recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as cystitis – I’m bulk buying cranberry juice now
  • eventually, my periods will stop –  bring it on!

The menopause and menstruation, a perfect storm is brewing

I came to motherhood late. As my oestrogen levels start falling, Wonder Girl’s hormone levels will start surging.  I can guarantee we will drive each other crazy! The boys in our house (including the dog) had better run for cover.

No doubt there will be raging arguments! Tears, tantrums, slamming doors (and that’s just from me). Just getting it out there now. The boys have been warned!

Menopause, pah! I’m not going down without a fight

I am clinging on to the foundations of my youth, and I am ready to fight!

I’m not talking botox, nipping, tucking, stretching, pumping or peeling.

Nope, I’ve signed up for a half marathon, next March.

Running is again going to have to come to my rescue again. There’s plenty of time to train and I promise to keep you posted!

But seriously, it’s real and it’s going to happen to me

I’m glad women are coming out to talk about this phase in our lives.

If it hasn’t already started for me, it soon will. If you think you might be experiencing the menopause here are a few books and articles that might help.

The Hot Topic – Christa D’Souza

In Your Prime – India Knight

The Truth Is Out There (About The Menopause) – Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

Kirsty Wark: The Menopause And Me (BBC iPlayer)

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46 Comments

  1. Oh my dear! These symptoms seem horrendous, sorry you have to be going through this. It only gets better. Beautifully written though.

  2. This isn’t something I’ve put much thought into yet but actually probably something worth researching prior to the time! Theres definitely a few things you mentioned here that I didn’t know about!! Thank you for sharing with the #bigpinklink x
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    • I never gave it much thought and here I am right up against it, it’s funny how it just creeps and bang it’s there!

  3. Hi my dear I have written a lot about the menopause and how it has affected me on my blog. I have just turned 50 but I really started to notice the changes a couple of years ago. Exercise and a good diet is essential but also recently I have started taking bio-identical hormone therapy and it has been an absolute godsend. Everyone’s symptoms are different but I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    • Ahhh thank you! Exercise has got me through so much and I absolutely agree about the diet. I shall investigate bio-identical hormone therapy.

  4. I haven’t thought about it that much as I’m only 32 but I’ve lived through it with my mum and it’s not pretty so I think I’ll live in blissful ignorance for now 😂 #KCACOLS

    • I shall envy your blissful ignorance – enjoy while you have it!

  5. I’m in my 30s, so haven’t given the menopause that much thought yet to be honest, but I love that you’re putting this out there, it’s a topic that we should be talking openly about. It’s not something I’m looking forward to, I have to admit, my hormones have always been a bit all over the place as it is! x #KCACOLS

    • I thought it was time there was a conversation on the topic, let’s face it, it’s happening to us all. Why suffer in silence?!

  6. I am dreading menopause. I’m not even 40 but still dreading it too. I already have the memory loss. Yesterday I had to get 3 more house keys cut as yet again I forgot to take my keys out with me! I literally have mo idea what I am doing most days. So after reading this I like to think I’m not alone. Great post.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.
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    • You and me both. Wow, three keys cut! That’s mummy brain in full force!

  7. This made me smile 🙂 . A couple of years ago I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while and she asked me if I kept walking into rooms and forgetting what for, etc. We had a good laugh about it, but I noticed a lady on another table tuning in. She was with her husband and her body language told me she hadn’t been having a great time, poor thing. Many of my friends haven’t either, so I wasn’t looking forward to it.

    That said, I’ve been as right as rain. I do my yoga every day, cycle and swim a lot, eat well and keep busy. I use hrt patches though as I want to maintain the oestrogen – one side effect seems to be larger assets! My clothes still fit, but I’ve filled out on top. Yikes!!

    And yes, absolutely. I can’t be 51 – I was only 26 last birthday!

    • Bigger assets??!!I don’t need mine any bigger! Thank you so much for your comment, so reassuring!

    • It’s not enjoyable and it’s to do with getting old, and that’s just a little bit taboo, as let’s face it as women we’re not allowed to be old. But hey! I am making stand. Thanks for your comment.

    • Oh, sweetheart, I am giving you a really big hug. All this is hard enough and with caring on top of that. Lot’s of love and hugs my lovely. You are a truly amazing woman.

  8. I remember my mum going thru all this, it can’t be my time creeping up all ready…it comes too soon!!! #kcacols

    • Yes! It sure does creep up! I can’t believe I have reached this time in life. Why didn’t anyone warn me!

  9. You are in good company. All us hot mamas can do is embrace – a bit like we have embraced everything else that has been chucked at our hormones. I also have the puberty and peri-menopause residing in the same house. Always a great topic and we can still be 25 year olds at heart whilst going through all of this grown up stuff – can’t we? #KCACOLS

    • Thank you. It’s just not fair! Can’t believe this is where I am, it’s all happened so fast!

    • I’m clinging on to my 40s! My periods stopping is the only bit I am looking forward to!

    • Well my husband would say he wouldn’t notice any different. Crazy it is then!

  10. I’m the rollercoaster to menopause and I don’t really know too much about it apart from my mum moaning about the hot flushes. I hope that I am the later part of the age range! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Me too, but I reckon it’s on its way pretty soon. Reading up on it, it all sounds a bit rubbish till I get to the no periods bit!

  11. As I’m still in my twenties I haven’t really thought about menopause before although I have seen my mum starting to go through it and it is a pretty scary thought x

    • Give her a big hug from me…..I’m not looking forward to at all, but maybe it gives me license for a tantrum or two!

  12. I love your writing style! I’ve still got a few years to go until I need to deal with menopause, but it’s not something that’s written or talked about much so it’s good to have posts like this.

    • Aww thank you! You are right, no one talks about it, and it’s a total mystery that we launch headlong into, doesn’t seem right!

  13. Maybe it’s that I’m that bit too young (although I’m 33, so not that young!), but I find that the menopause is something that’s not really talked about at all. I have to admit that I really don’t know much about it. It sounds all round pretty rubbish though (apart from the no periods thing!) – I’m already having problems with my memory too, so I can’t imagine things getting worse on that front! Best of luck with it when it comes – it sounds like you have a plan! I find running helps with so many aspects of life – a half marathon sounds like a perfect challenge! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • 33, you baby!

      The menopause does sound pretty rubbish, but I have to ride this out. Hoping the running plan works out, and I’ll treat myself to some new clothes!

  14. I’m this year. I feel
    Your pain. I was handling the forgetting the keys/ why am I in this room situations. Even the embarrassment of making phone calls and forgetting who I’ve dialled in the time it takes for my mystery guest to pick up. I’m coping with the too hot/ too cold, bra and knickers/ thick wooly onesie issues. But palpitations!!! OMG!!! WTF!!! Thought I was dying or at least having panic attacks….
    …on the plus side, sex life still fine 😉

    • Aww thank you! I haven’t done the mystery phone call yet but it’s only time! I tell you I really have no idea what to expect, no-one talks about this subject, it’s crazy as all women have to go through this!

  15. That was cute. Love your writing style – funny and honest. As far as I know, menopause is unpleasant indeed. But so are other periods of a woman’s life. Look at the good side of things, your kids will have grown up so it will be your time to have fun and relax (hopefully). 😀 xx #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • I love that you love my writing, thank you! I just wanted to shed a little light on this topic without being too morose. You are right though my kids will be growing up, and hopefully plenty of time for fun, so long as I have the energy!

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