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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23 Comments

  1. 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

    • 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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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