How do I know?
‘Is it? Isn’t it? I have skipped a period, nights are restless, but I’m not old enough yet! Am I pregnant or has it really started?’ A whirlwind of thoughts with no one to turn to, to share them. Discussing this delicate matter with friends or relatives may feel awkward. Sometimes, we even feel awkward discussing this with our GPs or other healthcare professionals. So how do you find out for sure? In the words of Dr. Heather Currie, a leading British menopause expert: “What is so bad about openly discussing a physiological process that is simply a hormone deficiency?” The days of grinning and bearing it are on the way out. There are no prizes for martyrdom. The safest and most natural place to discuss menopause is with your healthcare professional, where you are most likely to obtain good advice, without being judged. Here, we would like to give you some basic factual information about the stages of menopause.