Firstly the title is misleading as I’m not writing about troubles at all but ‘Magical Menopause’ and ‘Celebrating Cervical Smears’ didn’t seem to fit the bill either.
Firstly as this week is Cervical Cancer Prevention week I’d urge all the ladies out there to go and get checked. CervicalCheck provide free smear tests for women aged between 25 and 60 so it’s well worth getting checked out.
Now I have to be honest the smear test is not the most pleasant experience I’ve ever had but it only takes a few minutes and it could save your life. It’s certainly a bit better than when I had my first one done. The GP strolled in complete with a huge halogen spotlight! If my nether regions could have performed a song and dance routine, this would have been the time to do it! I’m pretty sure she was wearing wellies as well, although my mind might have been playing tricks with me!
This time around the surgery nurse carried out the test. It was grand, a little bit uncomfortable but not painful. The thing that surprised me most was that the test was sent to Chicago, I did offer to accompany it but sadly that didn’t happen. I got the results back in about ten days and all is OK. So that’s me done for another few years.
While I’m on the whole subject of women’s health I’m going to tackle the whole menopause issue. Sorry regular readers, normal service will be resumed soon! Anyway the menopause – I always used to worry about this, mainly because other family members seemed to turn into she-devils went they went through it. Although on second thoughts they were like that all the time 😉
Over a year ago my periods just stopped, thankfully! I was never one of those roller-skating, parachuting women that you see on the sanitary product packets anyway! Although I seem to be one now!
As far as other symptoms the main one for me has been the hot flushes. They used to be very bad, like a wave of heat sweeping over me and I’d have to go outside or dunk my head under cold water. They still appear now and again, but they aren’t that bad and at least I’m always warm.
My waistline is vanishing by the minute, I don’t know if that’s the menopause or the fact I eat too much cake! My migraines are getting worse but that might not be anything to do with my age. My sleep patterns are pretty rubbish, I’m tired quite a lot and although I fall asleep quickly I usually wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about silly things. My hair seems to be getting thinner shame the rest of me isn’t! Apart from that it’s all going great 🙂
I started taking Menopace vitamins when the hot flushes first started and they seemed to help. Now I drink raspberry leaf tea every morning, not sure if it’s helping but I like it anyway.
So after worrying for years about it, I honestly feel more settled than I have before. Maybe this middle-aged thing agrees with me 🙂