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Perimenopause & Me: ‘Mood swings and waterfalls of sweat — more than anything else, I felt embarrassed’


by Sarah Gill
19th Jan 2023

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From randomly bursting into tears mid-sentence to foregoing social occasions for fear of hot flashes, perimenopause makes its presence felt in a myriad of ways. Here, one 60-year-old woman reflects on the feelings she brushed under the carpet while she was in the throes of this change of life.

When I look back on the period of my life where signs and symptoms of perimenopause were just beginning to set in, I realise now that I averted my gaze from this new reality at all costs. During my reproductive years, I was lucky enough to get away relatively lightly in terms of periods, cramping and mood fluctuations. I’ve always been hugely emotional — to an embarrassing degree, my daughters may say — so whether...

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