WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Most commonly, there won’t be any pain or signs. The first time you’ll realise you have osteoporosis is when you break a bone without having any sort of accident.
Suddenly you are terrified. Deep down in-the-bones terrified. You’re shaking. You can’t breathe. Your heart is racing. Oh god – are you having a heart attack?
There you are chatting away, and you suddenly stop mid-sentence because whatever you were saying is... gone? Just read a message but couldn’t tell someone even under oath what it said?
SLEEP ISSUES & INSOMNIA
You’re staring into the abyss of the ceiling and it feels like torture. Thoughts are whirling at super-speed and you’re hyper-aware that you’re counting down the hours until your alarm goes off.
You’ve probably experienced achy, heavy boobs in the run-up to your period. You know, the kind where you have to hold them as you head down the stairs? The difference now is you’re finding they feel that way, well... whenever.
Once luscious locks now feel wiry and thin, and by the looks of your hairbrush, anyone would be forgiven for thinking you’d been grooming a long-haired cat.
Hands and feet keep going to sleep for no reason? Pins and needles coming on out of nowhere? You might think you’re imagining it – but chances are you’re not.
It’s hard for anyone to admit that their bits and pieces suddenly don’t seem to work quite the way they used to – but vaginal dryness is a really common menopausal side-effect.
You haven’t changed your eating habits but lately your clothes feel like they’ve been washed at the wrong temperature. Weight has crept on, it’s mostly camping out around your middle – and it’s proving harder to shift than it used to be.