1 October 2013

You Know You're (Peri) Menopausal When ...

You get to a certain age, the wrong side of 40 and, sometimes, but by no means always, have to surrender.

Here are some signs that it might be time.

1) You'll have developed 'the look' - the one that says a thousand words, because you've already said everything and done it all a gazillion times in your life and you're simply not prepared to keep repeating yourself any longer.

2) Even though you haven't stopped taking care of yourself, you'll find that you turn the double sided mirror over to the magnifying side to pluck your eyebrows / chin only to find it was already on there.  And that might happen quite a lot.  

3) Your periods are better, but your PMT is worse.  

4) Your 'big' jeans are the only ones you'll contemplate wearing, snug though even they've become and on the rare occasion you might accidentally catch sight of your reflection, it's not just your mother you're looking like lately - you're going the same shape as your nan.

5) You actually try the hot olive oil hair treatments that the old ladies in Greece taught you (comb through washed hair, wrap in a hot towel overnight) to rid it of its sudden wiryness and find yourself truly considering the merits of drinking black cohosh and sage formula with your morning coffee.



Please tell me I'm not alone...

66 comments:

  1. Lots to look forward to then! At 38 I've got the wiry hair already. Why is it always the grey ones that do that most? As for the mirrors - the architect asked me if I wanted magnifying mirrors in our bathrooms and I declined. A daily view of receeding gums, mad eyebrows and grey hair. No thanks. Ignorance is bliss! x

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    1. You honestly think it'll never happen to you, but it eventually does, sad to say! My grey is coloured, but it all seems wiry. Good choice on the mirrors but it would be wise to have the option re the mad eyebrows! x

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  2. hahaha Brilliant post!! I'm the wrong side of 30 and already have the look down to a t! :p

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    1. Thank you - didn't have my kids until my forties so didn't really need it until then!

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  3. I know what you mean about the mirrors, my arms seem to be getting shorter when I am reading and my hair has been rebelling for years now !

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    1. Thank you - and I know what you mean about arms getting shorter. The hair ..... aaagh!

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  4. Brilliant but darling I've met you twice now and there was nothing menopausal about you-super slim and SUPER beautiful! By the way I already do a lot of the above and I'm 32 (send help) and that Greek hot oil helps (you know I know) xx

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    1. You're super kind - and there's more than I care to admit to, trust me! I know you know about the oil - was thinking of you when I wrote it!

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  5. Oh tell me more about this oil hair thing please. I'm not even 40 yet and am identifying with this. Am having hot flushes too :(

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    1. I think having four sons would take its toll no matter your age! You wash you hair, then comb through good quality olive oil like a conditioner, leave it in, soak a towel in hot water, wring it out and wrap around your head like a turban and keep it there overnight / all day while no one is looking if you prefer?! Voila. Silky smooth hair, supposedly, but haven't done it in yonks - so we'll have to do it together! xx

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    2. Is that like using those hot oils? Do they still even sell those. May have to give it a try my hair keeps on feeling awful. Thank you for the reply :)

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  6. Hehe this made me chuckle. My grey popped out in droves one day, all in my fringe. I made the mistake of plucking it out. Now they stick up loud and proud. I really need to dye it!

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    1. OMG - they must be wild! Hair dye - comes with motherhood! xx

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  7. I believe the thing that bothers me the most at 52 is the chin hairs. I can colour my hair to cover the grey, but the chin hairs, gad they are the worst!

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    1. And because your eyes don't see so well, you don't see them for an age!

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    2. I have loads of those and I'm 35! (but shhh they are embarassing)

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  8. When your boobs start to look as though someone has been at them with a bicycle pump...

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    1. Speak for yourself honey ;) (I know, I know, you're right!) x

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  9. And when you actually focus in the magnifying mirror you find a hair (or two) that is really long and you wonder 'how long have I been walking around with that thing?".

    Oh and shoes - you put on shoes with heels and swap them with flatter ones after five minutes of walking around the house.

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    1. Absolutely - it's like nature's joke - our eyes diminish as they grow! I swear wearing flatter shoes has changed my life!

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  10. I can identify with two of those - but I no longer shave my chin in front of the mirror; it lowers my spirits!

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    1. Only two? You're doing well then! Haven't had to actually shave my chin yet though, so you win some you lose some,I guess!

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  11. I cannot match the photos of you I have seen with this list, I must say! xx

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    1. I think it's what goes on inside that changes as much as anything, but thank you :)

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  12. Oh don't I'm panicking about it already. I have vague nausea all the time at the moment and I'm convinced it's hormones!

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    1. Can't help myself Helen - and it probably is!

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  13. oh no :/
    I' ve started trying all kinds of face creams too, including Cold Cream which is a bit random but seemed to work for my granny...

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    1. Ooh let me know any tips! My mum looks great having used Astral all her life!

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  14. goodness I could add a lot more to that list :) suddenly things go downhill really fast, especially when you have another baby later in life!! You have much to look forward to :) x

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  15. I have to say I don't identify with any of this! Clearly youth is still on my side!

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  16. High five sister! I think I top you in the years old bracket and am so fed up of my peri menopause, I just want to be over and done with it all now then I can enjoy the rest of my life PMT free - imagine the bliss!

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    1. High five. Think I'm older than you actually - we'll have a private chat about that one! Yes, imagine!

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  17. oh crikey... yes, yes yessity yes.... frizz tastic. :/

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    1. You're a star, thank you! I'm going to call you frizzy from now on!

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  18. Hilarious! And I'm right there with you on No 2...x

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  19. Great post. I can completely relate to point three. I have mush better, less painful periods but BOY the PMS is BAAAAAD sister.... pardon the pun but it's a red rag to a screaming banshee (me). X.

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    1. So glad you understand - let's avoid each other sometimes!

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  20. Ha ha, I need the hot oil at 34 :-) or am I 33?

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  21. Have made a mental note to resist the urge to yank out the emergent greys that are springing up out of nowhere and also offer an alternative oil treatment. Slather on Coconut oil the night (or day) before you're planning to wash your hair. Wrap your head in cling film so your body heat aids oil absorption (I cover it with a scarf or hippy-mum bandana) and leave for anything from 2 hrs to overnight. Shampoo and condition as normal.
    Cheers for an entertaining post :-)

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    1. That's a good mental note! Nice tip with the coconut oil - am going to try that one too! Probably smells nicer :) xx

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  22. You are SO not alone! I'm all of those things! I'm having to restrict my coffee intake to try to keep the hot flushes at bay and I've noticed that when I look in the mirror my saggy cheeks make me look just like my Mum, and that's not just the cheeks on my face!

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    1. You're hilarious! Thank you for your comforts :)

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  23. I am going to stare in the mirror and perfect that look, I like the sound of that a lot ;) Why do stray hairs only seem visible in the car mirror or when out and about? I need one of those special mirrors.

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    1. The 'look' is certainly worth mastering, not just for the kids, but for anyone! You might like to keep tweezers in the car! ;)

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  24. I am getting scared - only a few years till I'm 40!

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    1. You have LOADS of time - I'm much older than that! x

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  25. I turned 40 this year and have the wiry grey hair thing going on, even though I do try and colour it to cover it up. I think there's definitely a reason why your eyesight gets worse with age... it's to protect you from what you might see otherwise!

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  26. I always take my specs off when looking closely in a mirror: lovely soft focus! Mind you, I could have anything growing on my chin, I would never know!

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    1. Another great idea. I find it confusing looking in the mirror with the specs - but even then - even having them is an age thing!

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  27. Ah number 1 - I AM number 1 !!!

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    1. You're getting off a bit lightly there then madam! I'm all five :( ;)

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  28. OMG, you are me. When did that happen? :D

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    1. Would either of us ever remember? ;)

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  29. Pfft, over 40? I'm TWENTY NINE and already starting to look like my Nan! God knows what state I'll be in when I reach 40!

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    1. Perhaps your nan is very young ......? *crosses fingers for you* x

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  30. hahaha, love the picture and have looked my grandma for yrs only fatter ;) x

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  31. What a joy we all have to look forward to lol! I have the greys and terrible eyes, but as yet not too concerned!

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    1. You're too young to read this - get off my blog! ;)

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  32. la la la la la la la la *puts fingers in ears*

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    1. Know the feeling sister, know it so well xx

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