Menopause isn’t and shouldn’t be a taboo subject or one that you bury your head in the sand about. Maybe, it was acceptable to do this in the past, but it’s not acceptable anymore!
In today’s world where the pandemic has taught us all to be self-aware and look after our well being, it’s time to take it seriously and ‘be your brother’s keeper’. Look out for all those women around you who might be suffering in silence or not so silently and be helpful. Ask questions, be supportive and do not make assumptions, you don’t know what you think you know.
I read an article today that left me saddened to learn that the symptoms are actually helping to end people’s lives. So, I hope to help bring some awareness to enable us all to support people going through it.
One assumption I used to make was that I would have started and ended
menopause by 54 and this was the case for all women. Well, I am a 54-year-old woman with no signs of menopause that I’m aware of. Also, I have only recently discovered there is such a thing as perimenopause, I didn’t even know that existed nor am I sure I understand what it means! However, I am willing to learn all I can about this phenomenon and hope to help to bring awareness and take away the taboo around it (if you think it should be kept secret and private, that’s your opinion. Please keep it to yourself).
The reality is menopause can hit women as early as the late ’20s or ’30s and the more aware and enlightened were are the better.
- vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- reduced sex drive (libido)