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How To Survive The Menopause.!

Updated on March 11, 2014
Still porky but the weight is coming off, girls.
Still porky but the weight is coming off, girls.

Every Woman Is Different

There is only one subject that annoys me and I cannot laugh it off........Men telling jokes about the menopause.! How can they even know what they are talking about?

There have been times in my life when I have been rather "Thin skinned. and I' ve become upset over something that's been said about me. I say ''times'' because there have been far more incidents when I am not the least bit offended.

Britain is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wales by far the smallest country, hardly more than an appendage on the edge of England..I grew up in Wales and it is outstanding in its beauty of both countryside and sea sides.

Yet even in the so called politically correct days that we live in, there are still many silly jokes about the Welsh. Have you ever heard someone try to imitate a Welsh accent and the sounds come out more like the person originated in Pakistan.? If you want to imitate an accent for goodness sake ''get it right'' first.! Make sure you sound at least slightly Welsh (idiots!) '.

Still... it's not a serious problem , for me anyway. It's the thought that a man can find anything to joke about concerning the menopause that bugs me.

The Menopause. The Change of Life.....

In any other circumstances a big change in someone's life would be taken seriously, especially when the person going through 'The Change ' is not so young anymore..There is rule around me......Only menopausal women or those who have passed through it can make jokes about it, Now they CAN be very funny.. We're all in the same boat.

When my doctor first told me that the symptoms I' d been describing to him were classic PRE menopausal symptoms. I winced, wondering what horrors I had to look forward to when the Real Thing kicked in.!

Every woman has a different experience,. HRT suits some women, but I would not go near it. Any medication that mentions the slightest risk of cancer goes straight out the window for me. Both my mum and dad's side of the family have so much and many different types of cancer. , that I prefer to deal with the symptoms of menopause,without HRT.

I know HRT works for thousands of women, and I'm sure your own doctor is the one to give you the best guidance.

For me I felt safer taking Evening Primrose Oil, and any other herbal remedy on the market for the many different symptoms.

Also the healthiest diet I could stick to definitely made me feel better. is a site full of information that may help you.

I had many days when I couldn't leave the house because the stomach pain was so bad, and I also could not be too far from the bathroom,.

I used the ' Stay at home'' days to read as much as possible about this ' change going on in my body and my mind, I hasten to add.'. I kept telling myself ''This a perfectly normal stage of my life, just the same as puberty in my teens''. This is the way we are made, said I, and I can simply trust in my Maker. Battle on.!

Sounds simple, right? Wrong!!

Waking up in the middle of the night soaked to the skin from night sweats is not funny... though I must admit I felt sorry for my husband,. Imagine lying next to someone who sweats so much the sheets are soaked?!....... This does pass.....

Hot flashes in a busy supermarket ......Definitely not funny.! A hot flash can begin at the back of your heels and rise all the way up your back , over your head.... by which time you feel sure you are going to pass out. Please No! Not amongst the crowds of shoppers, This great big wave is coming up and over me...Help.....just get me to a chair.LET ME OUT!. Phew! If I made it to a chair and put my head bent over between my knees I could usually ride it out. This too did pass.

Whenever I have fainted in my life, I've somehow always managed to be miles away from a soft carpet...always tiles, or wooden floor. Ouch! A bump on my head to show for it.

Mood swings a weird symptom!. What swings? I asked myself. I'm just miserable, with the occasional day full of black humour. Don't know why every one else found my black humour worrying, instead of funny.

Peaceful sights can help .
Peaceful sights can help .

weight gain

Suddenly, one day whilst doing a mundane household chore, a feeling of excitement began in my tummy and rose to the point of making me giggle. As if I was a child about to go on an exciting trip.!!!!!!! WEIRD. YEP! Weird. The HIGH was great but where did it come from? I want to bottle it.

I , at least want to know what I did, or ate or drunk to cause this euphoria..No such luck. I never did find out what caused these occasional euphoric feelings I just had to be grateful for the ones that came along as a nice surprise. They didn't last long, sadly. The mood swing soon swung back to its favourite place....depressed.

Depressed. Black moods. Everything was black, actually. Like a long black tunnel some days, without the little light at the end of it. Yet this too did pass.

Many days the cat was my best friend. She never said anything stupid.
Many days the cat was my best friend. She never said anything stupid.

YES! There IS Life After The Menopause.

Eventually, of course the whole thing did pass. (About 9 years or was it 12!........only kidding.! Everyone is different.)

One thing I didn't expect is honestly worth looking forward to.............This feeling I have now that it's over. Instead of the dried up prune that I thought would be ' me'. I have a new lease of life! What time of the month! Don't know what you mean. Any time of the month ...and any month.......there is a certain feeling of ....freedom....

So do not despair, girls. It's not plain sailing for most of us, but it's not all doom and gloom either,

Try to keep your sense of humour. If you gain weight, as I did. Do not worry. Be patient. Mine is still slowly dropping off 1lb by 1lb........

Oh and of course, if you come across any ignorant men making so called ' jokes' about menopausal women, please give them a hefty slap from me..


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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is so funny and so true! I am glad you survived menopause. Thank goodness for that cat! Being a woman is not for sissies, that's for sure. I enjoyed reading this as I think most women will.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I am so with you on the men making jokes thing!!! Men have no clue, so how can they even make one single joke about it? What is most bothersome to me is when they say a statement such as, "Oh, okay . . . it's the you know what thing going on!" Well, no, it's you, this time! LOL Well, I am so happy you survived!!! Yay!

      Enjoyed the read very much. Maybe some men will read and get a clue, hopefully.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Great comment. Thank you, Faith Reaper

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Suzettenaples.....Your comment was exactly the reaction I was hoping for. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Did you intentionally spell Menopause, "Menapause" in your title?

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh dear. What a faux pas!!!.Thank you for drawing my attention to the mistake.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this Dim, and I am with you - jokes about this are really in bad taste. However, men seem to go through the male menopause too - except instead of hot flashes and general malaise they have a resurgence of euphoria which makes them want to be young bucks again. At about the same time they have their belts cinched tightly below their bellies, proudly announcing they are the same size they always were. We are so kind - we never let on to the truth! I agree, post menopause is so much better.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh how l loved your comment.My husband does the "the belt thing". Drives me crazy . Imagine if women did that.!!!!.Thank you so much.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Very entertaining hub. I just tried to ignore menopause when I was going through it. The worst part for me was the weight gain which I never had before. Daily exercise and cutting back on all my favorite sweets was the only way for me to get rid of it. Voted up:)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      If the worst part was weight gain then l envy you.Also admire you for tackling the the best way.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Take care

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I'm still trying to survive you dear Miss V - you look so gorgeous here in your pictures and I am so proud of you for telling it like it is and you are an inspiration to me and most naturally all of the ladies who follow you here at the Hub.

      I had a good report at my family doctor's.

      He said my blood work is fine and my heart is good but my potassium level was low and I have to keep an eye on my stress levels and blood pressure.

      It's my 55 th birthday today on this sunny Sunday in Canada and I had a tasty Scottish dish this morning - haggis and blood pudding and now a steak and mushroom pie for lunch.

      Sending my warmest wishes to you and I love you just the way you are (didn't Billy Joel sing that, lol?)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      So glad to know you are having good results from your doctor. Now that l know you are merely 55 yrs young l m sure your potassium levels will balance out.

      Thanks for your kind words on my pics. Take care.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Such a great hub with information told respectably, but with a of sense of humor. I know that I am approaching this era in my life, already dealing with the hot flashes, and it scares me because I can remember the toll it took on my own mom--Thank you for sharing your own experience.

      Best Always,


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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh kim , don't be afraid. Yours may be nothing like your mothers' . Every woman is different.

      Don't forget it WILL pass..

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      Micky Dee 3 years ago

      Very well done as always Dim. I hit all buttons but the "funny" one.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Ha Ha! I do love you Micky. I notice someone has pressed the funny button. I'll take it to be from a woman going through the menapause. LOL and thanks as always,


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