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.
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
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.
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.