The Peri-menopause? Why won't anyone talk about it?
Avert your eyes boys this is not for you.
As women we talk about everything, EVERYTHING, well everything but this. Here goes.
The change. The peri-menopause. That 4 or 5 years leading up to the menopause.
Told you boys now off you go.
From your late 30 things can go a bit awry, irregular either non-stop rivers of Babylon
Or once in a blue moon. Sleeping goes to pot - my personal nadir and a thousand other symptoms can kick in. Hot flushes, mood swings, low sex drive, weight gain are a few of dozens of symptoms. So you go to the Dr. and they smirk and go ' och it's just the peri-menopause - JUST! Now hang on a minute sunshine... there is no 'JUST' about it.
And whilst we're at it what is the 'peri-menopause' anyway?
So with this in mind, the confusion, ignorance, lack of support I have
just completed a radio programme called Medical Matters which will be broadcast
on the BBC Radio Scotland this Wednesday, repeated on Sunday - but you will get it on the BBC iPlayer if you miss it.
Fascinating stuff. I talk to herbalist Dee Atkinson, specialists Dr. Heather Currie, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden and Dr Ailsa Gebbie and some women who have been there, got the t-shirt and survived the general hell of the whole thing.
It may be something you know all about. If so then you are in the minority.
If, like me you have 10000 questions about the whole thing then tune in. I can promise you lots of interesting facts, figures and information - and even a couple of laughs.
As ever the girls talking helps. It really does.
So this Wednesday BBC Radio Scotland 3.30pm Help is at hand. Or more accurately, ear.