Hot flashes can be one of the many symptoms of menopause.
Hot flashes can be one of the many symptoms of menopause.
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I started publishing a newsletter, The Menopause Gang, way back in 2001. My inaugural issue explained why I came up with such an idea.

At the time, I was having dinner with two girlfriends and all we talked about that evening was how we were dealing, or not dealing, with our menopause.

We had such a good laugh and we left the restaurant singing to the tune of “I Will Survive”.

Driving home, I had an idea of writing down thoughts about our experiences as it would be informative to share with other women on what we were all going through.

Information abounded on what medications to take or HRT shots to get but not much on the emotional side of going through “The Pause”, as some people call it.

Back then I was experiencing low energy, multiple minor health problems, weight gain and bouts of depression that made me cry for no reason. I felt overwhelmed at every little thing, it was quite annoying. At a yearly checkup I found out my hormone levels were quite low, hence all the above symptoms.

After trial and error of trying different medications, I settled on a natural product called Estroven.

I didn’t suffer from hot flashes, just mood swings, so this natural product helped to settle my emotional state.

I also went for acupuncture treatments. It made me feel like a new woman.

I’ve been out of the menopause stage for many years now but I still feel there’s a need to connect with middle-aged women on the subject as well as include any health issues that can be of interest to us as we move forward.

Side-splitting

A few years ago I was asked to write a ‘side-splitting article’ on menopause.

I said to myself, “Really?!”

Some women would be hitting me over the head right now at the thought of thinking being in menopause is funny.

They were looking for an article on being middle-aged and in menopause.

The first thing that goes away when in ‘meno’ is your brain.

The perfectly thinking brain that you had before all this started no longer works for you when you need it.

We just have to laugh at ourselves at the silly things we do as we grow older. It’s good to share these moments with our friends and not go crazy about it.

Life is stressful enough as it is and being in menopause can also be a very stressful time for most women. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as best you can. What else can you do? There’s no turning back.

The Menopause Gang newsletter is distributed worldwide now through emails and our website (where you will find current and past issues) as well as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. 

We truly appreciate the help we receive from the Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre for their continued support in our endeavours to publish this quarterly, informative newsletter.

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