Navigating Change with a Cuppa and a Smile

My Peri-Menopause Journey: Navigating Change with a Cuppa and a Smile

Mar 13, 2024Plabon Bhuiya

I'm inviting you to join me on a journey – a journey through the often tumultuous terrain of peri-menopause. Now, before you start raising your eyebrows and reaching for the biscuit tin, let me assure you, we're in for quite the adventure.

So, what exactly is peri-menopause, you may ask? It's like your body's way of gently reminding you that, yes, you're getting older, and yes, things are about to get a bit... interesting. Think of it as a rollercoaster ride through hormonal highs and lows, with a few unexpected twists thrown in for good measure.

I won't lie to you – peri-menopause isn't always a walk in the park. There are hot flushes to contend with, mood swings that could give Shakespeare a run for his money, and don't even get me started on the irregular periods. But don’t worry, I'm here to guide you through it with a smile on my face and a cuppa in hand.

One of the things I've learned on this journey is that knowledge is power. The more you understand about what's happening to your body, the better equipped you are to deal with it. Did you know that peri-menopause can start as early as your mid-30s or as late as your 50s? It's like a surprise party thrown by Mother Nature herself.

Fret not for there are plenty of ways to make the transition a little smoother. From embracing a healthier lifestyle to seeking support from friends and family, there's no shortage of tools at our disposal. And let's not forget the importance of self-care – whether it's indulging in a long soak in the tub or treating ourself to a slice of cake, now more than ever, it's crucial to take care of ourself.

Of course, if you're struggling to cope with the symptoms of peri-menopause, don't hesitate to seek advice from your GP. They can offer guidance, support, and possibly even prescribe medication or hormone therapy to help ease your symptoms. Women’s pain is often diminished so don’t hesitate to nudge your GP or gynaecologist to better understand what is happening and to find a treatment that will release you and make your life still very much enjoyable. 

So, there you have it – my peri-menopause journey, complete with its ups, downs, and everything in between. But you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world. Because through it all, I've learned to embrace change with open arms and a smile on my face.

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