The symptoms of menopause are well-documented, but fortunately it’s not every woman who will have to endure extreme hot flashes, mood swings and the rest.
Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, Chair of the British Menopause Society, says it’s not a given that menopause will knock us for six when we hit our mid-forties.
Yes, some women do have a hard time of it, but only one woman in four, she says, reports menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, up-and-down moods. Even if you do get symptoms, they won’t last for ever, and might not make too much of an impact on your life.
So much of it is down to what you think menopause is going to be like. If you go into it in a state of dread, thinking your life will never be as good again, then you set yourself up for a difficult change of life. Starting out with a positive mindset and expecting to take menopause in your stride gives you a better chance of sailing through without problems.
Menopause can coincide with other life changes, like kids leaving home, which can leave you freer than before. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to make the most of this life opportunity. Menopause marks the end of your reproductive years, but it can also signal the start of a new phase of energy, improved confidence – a time to look for new opportunities and experiences. Hitting menopause is a reminder that life is short and precious, so pay heed to that wake up call, and look for ways to enjoy and enrich the next phase of your life.