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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - JANE SOMERVILLE

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.

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