You are unique – menopause doesn’t change that

I have the privilege of speaking to women, sometimes just a passing conversation, or when they contact me direct, about their menopause experience.

They know I’m not medically qualified, but still ask me for some direction, because they know it’s a subject close to my heart due to my experiences and how much I take an interest now.  I am honoured that they do.

What comes out of nearly all my conversations is that women are confused, sometimes afraid, about what’s happening to them.  As women, we casually chat together about symptoms, but when changes in us actually begin to occur, it can be very unsettling indeed, making us feel vulnerable, to the point when we might ask, “What’s really wrong with me?!  Is it menopause?”

Much is indeed known about the effects of decreasing oestrogen, but what we often don’t take into account is the unique experience that WE will have because of it.  Every step you’ve taken, every decision you’ve made, every experience you’ve had in your life is the human being now standing before you in the mirror.  Is it any wonder that your journey will be different to that of others?

It’s time to arm yourself with knowledge, to ready yourself for this new chapter in your life, feeling confident and prepared.  And this, not only to help you, but to openly share what you learn until it becomes a widespread and everyday conversation, and not one that any woman is too embarrassed to have.

My love, speak up, reach out, you aren’t alone.  Please.

I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist, or anything! I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood

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