I reached menopause at the age of 55, some four years later than the national average. My children were born when I was more mature. I remember reading somewhere that because of this I could expect my menopause to be later than normal. It seemed my body would be tricked into thinking that it was younger than it actually was. As it turned out, this was true, except it was my body that tricked me not the other way round.
In hindsight, I was perimenopausal four years earlier than I realised but I had no idea. I knew about hot flushes but I wasn’t experiencing any. However, sleeplessness, anxiety, feelings of dread, and fatigue were becoming my norm.
I put this down to stressors that were present at home and at work at the time. The sensations got so bad I thought I was losing my mind and ended up speaking with a counsellor. Fortunately, she was female and over 50. She looked at me and gently asked “are you in menopause yet?”
I have a family history of breast cancer and blood clots so I couldn’t go on to HRT. In addition, I found many natural remedies cautioned usage for those at risk of hormone-related cancers. So I boxed along making some lifestyle changes.
When Pete, who I knew professionally, contacted me out of the blue about a menopause product called EstroG-100™, my interest was piqued. This was something I wanted to share with New Zealand and Australian women. I wanted to build a community that helped women recognise the signs of menopause early (way earlier than me!) And one that would give them the tools and encouragement to experience freedom during their change of life.