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There Won’t Be Blood: Suzanne Moore on the menopause

 

The lack of information around the menopause is one of the things that has shocked me most. It is a mystery to many well-informed women. The perimenopause, for instance, is an all-purpose diagnosis for all kinds of ills. Many women are told they are “peri” with no idea what this means. Erratic bleeding, insomnia, itching, vaginal dryness, memory lapse and vasomotor disturbance are just a few of the symptoms that could make you “peri”. You are post-menopausal when you haven’t had a period for over a year.

The lack of definition bothered me. The female body can be a mess, so I simply decided to have it – the menopause – one cold November weekend a few years ago. I took to my bed, decided that my time was over and nested in a cloud of self-pity. By the Monday I was bored and went out and saw a great gig. These are a good menopausal activity, as they occur in dark spaces and no one cares if you perspire.

But I am not surprised so many women end up utterly depressed. If the menopause is seen as basically a disease, as lack, then women’s bodily chemistry must be rebalanced with hormone replacement therapy or antidepressants.

When you shut the gate could you waft it back and forth to create a draft please.

Menopause & Smell distortion

In 2013 I wrote a blog about the issues I was having with my sense of smell during menopause.  I discovered after a quick but short trawl of the internet that it is not uncommon and has a name.  It’s called Dysosmia and some weeks after discovering it, it began to dissipate.

Previous menopause blog

Partly I’d hoped and suspected down to my new role as a Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic and my consequent use of essential oils.  I had bought a lovely Zen Soto diffuser and had found that diffusing essential oils was very helpful.

My menopause symptoms began to subside and for a period of several months I thought it was over.  Late last year I was back to hot flushes and this time sought help from my doctor.  I don’t/won’t use HRT so was seeking an alternative.  I’d tried several different supplements which had helped initially and now were not working.  My doctor prescribe Abufene

Médicament Abufene 400 mg

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I am not sure if this available in the UK.  I have just recently been on my 2nd outing with it (you only take the tablets for 10 days and then stop).  I understand it is an Amino Acid and is often prescribed for sports people.  It certainly works for the hot flushes. There is a side effect that is mention.  You get a hot sort of tingling in your hands and feet, or just feet.  I get this regular as clockwork at 10pm each evening.  I know from my previous course that this side effect will last many weeks after you stop taking the medication.  I don’t mind and in winter it’s quite comforting.

Anyhow, back to the smell.  It’s back in a different form now.  I cannot describe it but once it arrives in my nasal passages it is hard to shift.  It really spoilt my lunchtime meal out as of course smell and taste are interlinked, so my plate of fish didn’t smell or taste much of fish.

Back home and I am now diffusing essential oils to try and fill my nasal passages with something more pleasant.  I have a new diffuser and have added some Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.

Aria Diffuser

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I don’t normally diffuse such strong floral smells but hope these will be potent enough to do the trick.

I am really blogging about this once more as there is so little on the internet about it and I know for some women their distorted smell is distressing for them and causing low self esteem.  Somehow knowing about it and understanding it helps in the management of it.   I am disappointed that after 2 and a half years I am still dealing with this and am heartened to know  that it will disappear eventually and give me a break.

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Sandra Gives The Game Away: Jobcentres Given Sheriff’s Stars For Hitting Benefit Sanction Targets

kathythesane:

I cannot help but wonder at how UK Gov and some UK media are teaching a whole culture to dehumanise anyone who needs help and support. Any reason to kick them into the gutter is now rewarded.

Originally posted on the void:

sanction-sheriffSandra Lambert, manager of 149 Jobcentres and self-styled lifestyle guru, has spent much of the last few days frantically blocking people on twitter who have been taking the piss out of the cringemaking motivational advice she inflicts on the poor bastards who work for her.

She wasn’t fast enough however to hide the tweet in which she awarded a Texas style sherriff’s badge to Jobcentres in the midlands for upholding their DMA decision rate – as spotted by @refuted.  A DMA means a referral to a Jobcentre ‘decision maker’ to process a benefit sanction.  It is the second time this month a DWP manager has been exposed praising their staff for hitting benefit sanction targets – targets that Iain Duncan Smith’s department have repeatedly claimed do not exist.

It is not just that the DWP are lying which is so contempible, all government departments lie after all.  It…

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DWP Hires Miracle Lifestyle Guru Who Claims 95% Success Rate In Curing Mental Health Conditions!

kathythesane:

Life for those already struggling could just get even more fucked up and fucked over. Life style guru my arse!

Originally posted on the void:

definition-isanityFears that the psychological treatments to be introduced in Jobcentres will amount to little more than unscientific quackery look well founded with the appointment of a so-called stress and anxiety management company to provide service for claimants with a mental health condition.

Earlier in the month ITV reported that a company called Start Smiling Again would soon be working across several Jobcentres in South Wales.  According to Minister for Murdering Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, this is part of a package of support that shows that supporting people with a mental health condition is a priority for the current Government.

Start Smiling Again are run by David Rahman, who calls himself a Coach & Blueprint Therapist.  It is unclear whether anyone else is currently involved in the company as their website contains no company information, landline phone number or address.  Instead potential customers are invited to call Dave on his mobile. …

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Amazon making false claims about my honesty!

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Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

I am fuming and don’t really know what to do next.

Over the last few weeks I have been following the journey to book launch of an author I admire called Lisa Cherry who has written a book called The Brightness of Stars. (normally I would have put in an Amazon link but that doesn’t actually feel right).
Her book, about her journey, and that of other children who were brought up in the care system in the UK, comes at time when “cared for children” are quite high profile in the press.

During the lead up to the book launch, Lisa held a competition, and I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book. Having read the book, I wrote a review on Amazon. The review didn’t appear (and I sorely regretted not writing it and saving it to Word), so after 48hrs I wrote another. Guess…

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Day Six

kathythesane:

There are some people out there who haven’t had any experience of poverty and really don’t understand in the slightest what it looks like, or how it might feel. Even in countries where they live right alongside poor people, they build higher walls, buy cars with tinted windows and complain about how dangerous the city has become.

Originally posted on The Fasting Atheist:

Today was a bit of a challenge. I was fine in that I was my normal pretty upbeat self, but physically my body seemed to be protesting slightly. Years of living and travelling abroad (particularly Ghana, Colombia and Pakistan) have really worked their magic on my body, and it served as a slight reminder to take it easy. But it was manageable; nothing I couldn’t handle.

And anyway, Ramadan is not supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to be hard. It’s supposed to be a reminder of how difficult other people’s lives can be, of how it feels to be poor. This is one of the things that attracted me to finding out more about Ramadan, because the concept of fasting for a month to empathise with the poor seems like an honourable one. Yet at the same time, it made me feel conflicted because it is such a poor…

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An Introduction

Originally posted on The Fasting Atheist:

Welcome to my blog! This is me…… and this is my flatmate, Fatima.

Fatima and I have a lot in common: we both like ‘Made in Chelsea’ (though while for me this is a dirty secret, Fatima is out and proud), we both like bubble tea (though Fatima verges on obsession), and we both go for the (somewhat occasional) run. We are both twenty-somethings struggling to find our way in London with job problems, money problems, friend problems and health problems, and we have both supported each other through all of these things over the past year and a half that we have lived together. But there is one thing that Fatima and I do not share, and that’s our religious beliefs. Fatima is Muslim and I am atheist. Therefore, for Ramadan Fatima fasts, and I do not. Until now. I have promised Fatima that I will fast for…

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