WHAT’S GOING ON?
You thought you left spots behind in your teens… Now you’re a grown woman and you’re in breakout hell. What are you meant to do? Mix blemish treatments with anti-wrinkle cream?
You carry nervous tension around with you all day. Things you would normally just brush off wriggle away in your mind. You wish you could just stop fretting and feel normal again.
A sudden sneeze sneaks up on you and oh great… you’ve weed yourself a bit. Same goes for a spontaneous laugh, when you lift anything heavy or try to jump up and down (no trampolining for you today my love).
You’ve eaten lunch and BAM! Your belly’s puffed up and it’s really, really uncomfortable. You know you need to unbutton your trousers... but Angela from Accounts is sitting right next to you.
Is that smell you or someone else? You are a bit sweaty under your arms and down there...Wasn’t BO supposed to do one after our teens? Why’s it decided to come back with a vengeance now?
You used to pride yourself on your memory – but too often these days you forget what you only remembered five minutes ago. Thoughts can escape you midsentence. New information just won’t sink in.
Perhaps you used to pride yourself on your long, strong talons or maybe never thought about your nails at all. But recently, there’s been a change. Now, your nails are dry and flaky, and when they get a little longer, they bend.
BURNING MOUTH SYNDROME
Feel like someone’s shoved a ghost chilli into your chops while you weren’t looking? Or like you drank your tea too soon, only you’re not actually drinking tea?
CHANGES IN SEX DRIVE
For some women, the menopause is an incredibly liberating time when it comes to sex. But for many, their sex drive has got up and left the building.
CHANGES IN SKIN TEXTURE
You accept your skin is going to age – but has someone suddenly pressed fast forward? Your face feels like it’s losing its bounce-back-ability. And your crow’s feet are multiplying but this is no laughing matter.
Bumping into more things than a dodgem at a fairground? And has your hand-eye coordination gone to pot? If your carpets are enjoying more of your drinks than you are, this could be down to the perimenopause.
As signs of the menopause start to emerge, are you relieved that your chances of falling pregnant could be dropping by the day? Or are your nerves being stretched to their limits as you try to conceive?