Warm welcome to everyone reading the real life stories below.

This story is written by the wonderful Anna around her thoughts, feelings and experience of her own journey.

Hello!

Happy to- coming out the other side drug free.

Have learned a lot from The Chilled Menopause, The Private Menopause Room and Menopausal Mayhem- all on Facebook. Just reading the lists of symptoms is a good start because then you know you’re not going mad.

The worst thing for me was being absolutely vile to people I love, knowing I was being a total bitch but unable to stop it. I also went through a period of quite intense paranoia where I was convinced everyone at work was talking about me and laughing at me. I was feeling nauseous all the time with gripy pains and lots of weird allergies for the first time. Eventually I was diagnosed with a mass  behind my ovary and urgent surgery. Thankfully it was ‘just’ a twisted ovary and tube and endometriosis which was all removed. Since then I’ve felt dramatically better but I don’t know if it was coincidental.

I’m 3 stone overweight, I’ve gone grey during the lockdowns and my periods have been finished for a year. It’s all so liberating! I’m not going down the HRT route if I can help it- getting by with gin and cake for now!

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