The menopause can often help women explore and express their more creative side. We ran a focus group with women asking them about their experience of dealing with symptoms and what it was like going through the menopause. One of the participants Ular Germain came up with a brilliant analogy of feeling like a tree with heat rising from her roots and each leaf feeling like the different symptoms she was experiencing. Ular also wrote a poem about her experiences.
Enjoy and talks Ular for sharing your creative juices
Woke up sweaty, hot and bloated. “Why?” I ask myself.
A shower. Surely that will cool me down.
Whose body is this? Raw, listless, sweating.
Breakfast: surely that’s something I can do.
Breakfast’s done, I should feel better.
Limp and aching. I need to lie down; curl up into a ball to calm the throbbing in my body.
Have I been prodded and probed, injected with an illness
That runs rampant through my body, replacing my energy with pain.
Please make the pains stop; the monthly show, I can handle that.
But being a lab rat for the menopausal? No!