Menopause before 40 is known as premature. There are women however due to various health conditions or surgical procedures may experience the menopause as early as their teens. Today’s blog is written by Rebecca Bruce-Ahrens who experienced her menopause at the age of 17 through a condition at the time called Ovarian Dysgenesis, now more commonly called Hypogonadism. She ponders the meaning of the menopause, the moon’s influence, HRT and being perimenopausal most of her life.
‘In attempting to explore the meaning of menopause, I needed first to find the roots of the word. The Ancient Greek roots of the term are “men” + “pauein”. The word “men” means month which is closely related to the word for moon “mene” because the months were measured by the moon. The word “pauein” means to cause to cease or stop. Continue reading Reclaiming The Menopause
This week Fiona Gaye tells her story about how the lack of adequate support from her GP, with the menopausal symptoms she was experiencing, empowered her to get involved with her local Patient Participation Group to help affect change to local services.
It started one Sunday morning with an uncontrollable flooding, unquenchable thirst, dizziness and cold sweats. After that, bad bouts of insomnia, mood swings depression, a feeling of worthlessness, listlessness and fatigue, leaving me feeling as if I was having a semi nervous breakdown. All I wanted to do was lay on the settee for a year and a half. On a bad day I could not drive because I felt clumsy and uncoordinated, anxious and shaky, and somehow I just knew that something was very, very wrong.
Continue reading How I Used My Voice to Affect Change.
Going to the GP to discuss the menopause can be a daunting task for many women. In our short audio story Fifi tells about her experience of visiting her GP and why one trip to your GP is not often enough.
Visit our page Women’s Stories for more women’s short films discussing the menopause.
You can also visit NHS Choices Menopause pages for more information
Remember we welcome any story you would like to share about the menopause to help enlighten and support other women.