Around two years ago I started having various unfamiliar physical and emotional symptoms. Hot flushes and sleepless nights were not things I was used to in my daily routine, and because they seemed to be happening on a regular basis, I really thought I was coming down with some sort of illness. At one stage I even thought I might be pregnant. Then, when the hypochondriac in me convinced me it had to be something far more serious, I went to see my doctor, who very calmly told me that I didn’t have an incurable disease, but was in fact going through the menopause. I have to admit that my first reaction was – thank the lord I wasn’t pregnant, followed very quickly by -WHAT! No, wait, hang on a minute, surely this cant be happening yet – I’m too young to be that old!! – It was then that I found out that I was at the average age to be experiencing these symptoms, and had infact probably been having them for a while, but overlooked the fact that they were connected to the menopause. I was shocked to find out that symptoms of the menopause can begin up to 15 years before you actually reach the menopause stage. Looking back now, there had been a change in my periods over the years, and what I thought was bad PMS some months could probably be attributed to the onset of menopause.
Anyway, once I had gotten over the relief of not being pregnant and the shock of now officially being of a ‘certain age’, a sense of calm and renewed optimism strangely swept over me. This was starting to feel like the beginning of a new chapter in my life, a fresh start, a time to drop all the bad habits and take up new ones. I was only 50 after all and had a whole lot of living left to do.
But first I needed to arm myself with the knowledge of what to expect during the menopause, so I wouldn’t be caught off-guard. It was during this stage that I realised so many of the books, websites and articles out there were full of overwhelming information and were some-what ‘medical heavy’. I needed information that was easy to understand and user friendly. It is this research, along with my professional experience as a clinical nutritionist, beauty therapist and exercise consultant that has made up the content of this site and provided the information for my two books – The Menopause Secret and Menopause 30 Day Concierge Programme.
I hope you find the information useful. Please share your thoughts and any concerns you have about the menopause on the forum pages.