I’m not going mad!
It’s 5am, I’ve given up trying to go back to sleep. I’m hot, I’m cold, so I get up, make a cup of tea and sit in the kitchen and decide I’ll take advantage of the quiet and read the March copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly. I don’t buy it normally – just read the odd article here and there at the doctor or the dentist, but I bought it at the supermarket yesterday to read as I knew it was going to be a soggy weekend and I thought I might have time. And the headline on the cover referring to Nicole Kidman appealed. Imagine my intrigue when I flip it open to land on the article about menopause! It describes my symptoms to a T and I had NO idea. I’m 49 and healthy, fit, slim and still menstruating but, yep, I’ve well and truly started menopause and have thrown a few pots in the last few months. I’ve been tracking my cycle, assuming PMS was getting worse, and now it’s all here in black and white and I’m not going mad, my husband will survive and apparently so will I! You genuinely and seriously have made my day and the rest of the mag was pretty good too. It might just make it into my shopping trolley next month! Thanks for the article – I’m going to ask every friend I encounter (near my age) if they’ve started and what they are experiencing. I’m very definitely beginning the conversation.
Menopause what’s the big secret? It’s called “the change”, but what hasn’t changed – much – is our willingness to talk openly about it. Nicola Russell looks at what holds us back and found three well-known Kiwi women who are happy to share their menopause experiences.