Women Like Us Share Their Personal Story Of Menopause: Jackie

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In our Women Like Us – Real Stories Of Menopause series, we caught up with Jackie Adam to talk about what menopause feels like for her.

Thanks for taking part in Women Like Us – Real Stories Of Menopause Jackie. Can you tell us where you’re based?

Yes, of course.

I live on the South Island of New Zealand in a small town called Milton. It’s south of Dunedin, not far from Balclutha. So if you were driving from Dunedin to Queenstown or Wanaka you would come upon Milton which has a population of 2000.

I’m originally from Dunedin but I’ve been in Milton for 34/35 years.

Where are you on your journey of menopause?

I was born in 1967 so I’m 54, 55 this July (2022) and I have four children and seven grandchildren so they keep me busy!

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Of my children, I have a daughter in Balclutha who has a six-month-old, a son in Milton who has a boy and a girl and a son in Cromwell who has triplets and a daughter. As well as that my youngest daughter is 21-years-old and she’s completing childcare training in Queenstown.

I’ve been very lucky in that they’re all quite close to me.

Can you share with us your menopause experience for Real Stories Of Menopause?

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Jackie

Sure. I started experiencing hot waves. While I didn’t really understand what was happening I did start wondering and think ‘maybe this is perimenopause’.

Additionally, I think the waves might be because I work in a hot, stuffy café and I do have the odd coffee.

Weight wise I’ve been OK. Of course, we have some beautiful food at work but I’m pretty good on the whole. Accordingly, I don’t often indulge – I might have the odd thing but not habitually. Sometimes I feel like something sweet if I have a cup of tea at home so I go to the pantry and have half a muesli bar to satisfy it.

I’ve actually had sinus for about five years and I think that’s come along through midlife. It’s never occurred before and I also didn’t realise many of the aches and pains I was experiencing were part of getting older.

In addition, I certainly haven’t got the same amount of energy I once had but I try and look after myself. I take evening primrose oil (EPO) and I wouldn’t like to go without my 55+.

Speaking of that has MenoMe® helped you throughout your menopause journey?

Yes!

I took a natural supplement for women in their 30s for years but then I started getting hot waves. It was nothing too bad so I nipped it in the bud and moved straight to MenoMe® 55+.

I didn’t even think about going down the HRT route.

I’ve been taking 55+ for 18 months or so and I make sure I never miss them. They’re my gold.

Sometimes I’ll get a fluctuation or a heatwave but I just keep on taking them. I wouldn’t be without them.

A friend was having a terrible time after a hysterectomy so I put her onto 40+. As a result, she feels so much better.

You’re using LotsaLocks®, our hair product too, aren’t you?

Yes, I was very excited to receive my LotsaLocks®. I’ve been taking it for over a month now and I must admit my hair already feels like it’s got a bit more life, a bit more fullness. And so do my nails.

Thanks for generously sharing your journey in our Real Stories of Menopause collection Jackie.

We know how different it can be for every woman and it’s by sharing your experience that other women can sometimes have a lightbulb moment.

Especially if they haven’t connected the dots between their experience and hormonal shifts.

Have you got a story to share in our Women Like Us Real Stories Of Menopause series?

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.