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I wish Walt Disney had produced a film which reflected the real world.
Think of Snow White at ‘a certain age’ – with her dwarves Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful & Psycho. Isn’t that a more accurate story about the Menopause?
Now 80, I remember the miseries of menopause in my late 40’s with its hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats [and these were the plus points!]. But, I knew then that menopause wasn’t an illness, just a normal stage in a woman’s life. I was determined not to suffer in silence so consulted my gynaecologist to discuss taking HRT. But, my history of breast cancer unfortunately precluded my taking it. So – I turned to Mother Nature for an answer [only fair, as she had caused the problem in the first place!]
I discovered that plant forms of oestrogen and progesterone are found naturally in foodstuffs such as Mexican yam, tofu (Soya bean curd), French beans, green lentils, miso (fermented Soya paste) and rye bread. I needed to eat a lot of them to consume the recommended amount of phytoestrogens – and we know the downside of eating a diet rich in beans and pulses. I couldn’t believe it – now I had to choose between mood swings or wind! Life can be cruel!
Eventually in my health shop I found a tablet form of natural phytoestrogens which I took daily. Not sure whether it was mind over matter, but it seemed to do the trick!