BEING THE CHANGE
Thank you for your most interesting and informative article on the subject of surviving the menopause (YOU, 5 April).
I noticed that one of the worst symptoms I experienced wasn’t mentioned: vaginal atrophy – when the walls of the vagina get thinner and your ability to self-lubricate vanishes, along with your need for intimacy. I’ve been using bioidentical testosterone, and can testify to the fact that after a month my lost libido has returned.
Loss of muscle mass is also an issue and so too is the loss of the skin’s elasticity. Everything goes south. My face has already started melting off my skull like an ice cream on a hot summer day, and I’m terrified of what will happen when I lose the 23kg which is a necessity.
To my great relief, I’ve found an inexpensive, noninvasive and effective solution to sort out my sagging facial skin, and a different solution for my nonexistent ankles. I’ve also discovered a different but effective solution for the cellulite.
My only remaining problem is my batwing upper arms that flap around in the wind. For this, I’m doing workouts with hand-held weights in conjunction with skin-tightening creams. If that fails, I’ll have to look at the surgical option.
I feel optimistic that at 62 it’s not impossible to have the body of a goddess and a face that can launch a thousand ships – in short, a complete metamorphosis, so watch this space! MELANIE, EMAIL