Jo’s hormonal review: Buckle up, it could be a bumpy ride

hormonal tips

“Where’s the fu*ken hormonal manual?” is often heard reverberating around our house.

But let’s be honest, there is no manual, because every day is different and everyone is different with this perimenopause, now menopause (that came as a hell of a shock – more on that later).

So, what to expect from my regular reviews of my hormonal journey?

In a nutshell, honesty. Some weeks I am sure everything will be great, some will be ball-breaking tits in a vice head-turning, stomach-churning eye opening accounts and others may be (hopefully) informative .

I certainly don’t want to scare any one off, but my intention is to show anyone going through or approaching perimenopause/menopause what I’m going through, because I wish like hell I had of known, or had of had some idea of what was to come.

I hope to show this hormonal process is normal and we are certainly not alone.

Make no mistake, I am not an expert, and what I am sharing is my account, and if I share expert advice, it will come from a qualified doctor, such as Dr Khan, our Menopause Specialist.

To be honest, I wish more people had of talked about this time in our lives. I wish I would have known the uncertainly I would feel, what was normal, what wasn’t. That it would constantly be changing.

I have found it’s often a confusing time, it can be sad, but on the flipside, I can have great days (what I want to know, is this when my oestrogen is high or low – because whatever it is, I want more of it).

I’ll probably swear (far too much), I’ll share the doctors appointments, the ups and downs, what has worked for me, what hasn’t, but mostly it’s just my hormonal journey in review as I navigate perimenopause (actually menopause now, as of a few weeks ago #sendhelp).

We all go through it, some with no symptoms, some with lots, so what I’m sharing isn’t new, but talking about it openly is important, and I’m hoping it takes away the stigma, the embarrassment and helps others realise it’s normal, and the more we share and talk, the better it is.

Me, embracing midlife as best I can (but what the hell is this menopause business!)

I won’t sugar-coat anything, and if anyone finds it at all helpful, well, that’s the icing on the cake. Mostly I hope you find it’s a bit of a laugh, sometimes informative and mostly relatable. For me, it’s therapeutic to write what I’m going through down.

Just know, you are not alone in this often confusing stage of life. My warts-and-all accounts will hopefully make it not so strange.

Righto, buckle up. It could be a bumpy ride.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!