Hi there, my name is Vanessa.
I’ve been in menopause for what seems like forever. Since at least 2013.
I’m not sure if perimenopause is worse but having symptoms that seem to be cyclical means that I know that some of them will come back in a few months time.
The worst symptoms for me are having bouts of nausea and light-headedness.
I have found that medical professionals do not seem to know the answers so I did all my own research to see what alternative therapies or medicines would help me.
What I Found Helpful
Reading all sorts of articles and books and making changes to my diet is definitely beneficial.
Following Ayurvedic medicine and diet helps too but it is costly.
Being in contact with other women in online chat is most helpful. You see how others seem to experience even more. I found talking to friends makes me feel happier if it is possible to be happy (I am not sure about that).
Learning to be kind to ourselves is so essential to our wellbeing as is eating healthily and doing lots of exercise. I have found that it’s indispensable in helping us through this very demanding hormonal time in our lives.
And sharing and talking is all part of the therapy.
1. When did you first realise perimenopause had begun?
2. Did you understand what perimenopause (as opposed to menopause) was?
3. Did you feel you were too young?
4. Were you shocked/surprised?
Surprised perhaps at symptoms.
5. What have been a few of your major challenges?
Trying to focus on happy things.
Having to research endlessly about what would help me without artificial hormones.
6. How did you overcome these if you have?
Eating very well and talking to other women.
7. What have you struggled with?
Feeling fed up of unpleasant symptoms and trying to concentrate on day to day life.
8. Has there been a turning point for you at any stage?
9. Do you understand this journey?
10. Has MenoMe contributed to your experience?
It’s good to do these questionnaires.
11. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just that we all have to find the best treatment for ourselves and be kind to ourselves. Talking to other women as much as we can.
This is my story. I hope it helps*.