The Other Side

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the other side of menopause, post-menopause… Now what? Where do the symptoms go?

Menopause Journey- the other side

Menopause is quite a journey. A journey in which some day you just wonder if you will ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least the tunnel itself. Some days, weeks, months that seems to last forever. Then one day, you realise you don’t feel so bad anymore.

Truthfully, there is NO coming out on the other side really. You don’t suddenly wake up feeling euphoric. The changes women go through during menopause are  irreversible. It will never be the same again. And trust me, this can be a great thing!

What changes are we talking about? Well, most obviously, you don’t have any periods. Sounds great, right? It’s basically almost every 13+ year old woman’s dream. I know it might sound weird, but at the end of the day, it feels great. Not having to stress about buying tampons and pads, not having to ALWAYS have one in every bag (just in case), such a relief.

I know what you’re thinking: “But we have to suffer through all the other symptoms”. True, but a win’s a win! With hormone therapy, most will start feeling like themselves again.

I have to admit, I had a bit of a strange sensation when my periods ceased. It feels like the choice of children is taken from you. It is something instinctive in women, even if like me, I was sure I didn’t want any more children. So, if you experience this weird feeling, well, it’s not weird at all.

Menopausal symptoms do not really disappear

Menopausal symptoms don’t really disappear. Why am I saying that? Because for example, I haven’t slept properly in a week and I am experiencing night sweats. But you have to bear in mind that these things will keep happening, but they’re not as constant or as overwhelming as before. Another symptom I still get is foggy brain. Some days are worse than others, but that’s just life.

Don’t let this scare you. It gets easier. Think of it as a brand-new chapter of your life. 

How to tackle menopause –reality

You can manage menopause with little adjustments in your everyday routine. HRT helps a lot. But this alone is not enough. Focus on your diet and lifestyle. Everything you change due to the menopause, should make you a better version of yourself. At the end of the day, diet and lifestyle improvements are recommended for absolutely everyone, and will help you tackle other health issues, such as high blood pressure.

Menopause check-up

After menopause onset, it’s important to keep yourself checked regularly. When it comes to hormone therapy, it not only improves your wellbeing, but also protects you from a variety of diseases. 

Adjustments in therapy might need to be made. For example, I do an annual check for myself, or even every couple of years. It depends on how good or bad my symptoms are. By time you’ll automatically understand when something is not your normal.  

YOUR normal

Notice I said YOUR normal. Every woman is different. I personally check on my thyroid and osteoporosis, as I know I had issues with this in the past. Another big one for me: anxiety. I have always been anxious and this became so much worse during my menopause transition. I know I need to keep this symptom under control and by time I have established my own routines that help me.

Remember, you have survived 100% of your bad days so far. Did you feel like your world was coming to an end when you got your period? Look at you now. Ladies, you are stronger than you think!

Don’t think about menopause as something terrible, it is not: it is the transition of a newer you. And you get to choose who that is.