I thought I had a basic grasp of what menopause is and that you can get perimenopausal stages before the menopause. I was always lead to believe you had a set criteria of symptoms for it to be the menopause.
With myself I always believed I had the menopause and perimenopause symptoms in my late 30’s and throughout my 40’s. My mum started her menopause at the same time but she suffered the hot flushes mood swings etc.
I worked closely with women who went through the menopause. With my mum they lasted about 10 years.
With me the situation was more complex. Id had 3 children the final birth was 14 months after the previous. Later in my 30s I had a hysterectomy due to Adenomyosis and Endometriosis. I already had very heavy periods and fibroids with mood swings.
But a few years or less I started getting mood swings dry skin hair falling out and started getting what I thought was the typical menopause hot sweats.
It didn’t matter where I was or what time of day and feeling fatigued aswell as achy. Id gained abit of weight due to not being able to go back to the gym(after the hysterectomy- I couldn’t exercise for 12 weeks) But I also put it as post operation and lack of movement. I put it down to my back problem and a combination of age.
The hot flushes I experienced was over a period of several years and throughout my 40s. I’d assumed by my mums symptoms that I was going through the menopause too.
So I’ve believed it was over and done with now hitting my 50s. My doctor and I had discussions around the menopause and I was convinced at the time that wasnt the issue.
Although I’d had in the back of my mind it was similar to my sister. My sister has been getting similar issues so I’ve been trying to find out for her sake (she’s just a few years older). I believed that she could’ve had Reactive Hypoglycemia (RH) too.
What complicates matters I have a number of other conditions that match these symptoms too. Thyroid, an ectopic heartbeat, and RH amongst other health conditions. But I couldn’t get the feeling out of my head that it was something hormonal. Mainly because of the pattern it seems to follow when it occurs.
The reason I say this because Ive been making a brief note of when I had episodes of feeling poorly. These have been occuring every few weeks twice a day. lasting about the length of my old prehysterectomy history of a regular 5 days – until the Adenomyosis and Endometriosis) over the last 4 years.
What I found blew my mind.. So I decided to look into the Menopause and Perimenopause symptoms and found on Youtube some educational videos and Dr Louise Newson is the practitioner and menopause specialist behind The My Menopause Doctor Youtube channel.
I will be looking at this subject more in-depth and a comprehensive research on what they say is a natural phenomena that every woman goes through at some stage in their lifetime.
Update: I purchased on Amazon.co.uk Menopause; All You Need To Know In One Concise Manual (Concise Manuals)