Aargh! I’m sick and tired of other women implying that the menopause is such a debilitating illness that we all become useless wrecks when we hit our late 40s. Yet another survey (yawn!) has revealed that us women are so unprepared for the side effects of our periods stopping that we have to give up work and/or deserve specialist dispensation from the boss. No! My middle-aged brain functions just as well as the average middleaged man’s, thank you very much. Probably better. It’s time people stop treating older women like invalids and start seeing us for what we are – women with a life time of experience and a helluva lot of common sense.