Fatigue during menopause – unexpected and unwelcome!

I’d always been very active, exercise, dancing, a bit of sport, so when I starting to feel ‘tired for no reason’, it took me by surprise.

I tried to find a reason, and couldn’t. My diet hadn’t changed, my drinking habits were the same, my energy output the same, and my sleep was no different, either. So what could it be? Of course, the obvious – menopause!

The ever-decreasing oestrogen levels and other hormones dipping and diving about were having a negative effect on my overall well-being and fatigue was never far away.

I did eventually discover what I needed to do, but not until some time after my menopause arrived fully. Until then, I was ignorant as to how to remedy such a debilitating symptom.

If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have headed straight to the HRT shop. I’d advise every woman to find out if it’s for them, based on family history, medical history, lifestyle, what’s going on now, etc. It should be an in-depth conversation with a qualified menopause specialist, no less. And when you have that consultation, be totally honest, so you can get the very best advice. There’s a wonderful form called the Greene Climacteric Scale, which you can get offline, complete, and take with you, or email ahead of time. This will give the medic lots of information about you.

Seek the advice of a health advisor, too, for instance, a nutritionist, or someone who knows their way around vitamins and minerals. Getting this balance right is vital to your overall health, particularly during menopause. Peter of Peter’s Health in Knowle, Solihull, is very knowledgeable. He has a shop but provides screening sessions to assess exactly what you need. His website is https://petershealthproducts.com/

The most important message here is BE KIND TO YOURSELF. Allow what happens to happen without resistance. Then, plan what you’re going to do that’s of best benefit to you, calling in help if needed. Because you deserve it now more than ever.

I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist. I write based only on my own experiences and research into menopause. Jacky Wood

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