My Personal Summer

It is now June and as I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, winter has descended on us with a bang with temperatures ranging from 0 to 18 degrees Celsius daily.  The tress are bare, the grass is dry and there is dust everywhere.  It is still dark when I get up at 5am in the morning and it is a real struggle getting out of bed in the morning when my body is telling me it is still night time.

Some 6 months ago I was complaining about the heat.  It was the hottest summer I had ever experienced.  Or so I thought….

It suddenly dawned on me in February that I was the only person experiencing the intense heat.  I was walking around with an ice-pack I was so hot.  Hubby jokingly accused me of being menopausal.  I spent a few weeks in denial, but then I had to accept the fact that maybe, just maybe, I was menopausal.  

So off I went to see my Gynecologist who confirmed by deepest darkest fear.  At the age of 45, I was going through menopause.  He recommended I take a soy extract supplement each day called Phytopause.  I don’t need a script for it and I can vouch for the fact that it has made me feel like a whole new person.  I no longer feel like I am living in a furnace.

Night times are a different story though.  As I take my tablet first thing in the morning, it tends to wear off at some point during the late evening.  I find myself struggling with the heat in bed at night. So this has become a little bit of a situation between hubby and I.  Hubby is cold at night and he wants the underfloor heating on and of course the duvets have come out of the cupboard as well.  I am sweating my ass off and am sleeping with no covers on and I would be naked if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a house full of boys to contend with.

So we have both had to compromise a little – the underfloor heating is set to around 21 degrees and I make sure I wear something light to bed and shove the duvet over to his side of the bed.  

I suppose I could take another pill at night but somehow that is like admitting defeat.


8 thoughts on “My Personal Summer

  1. It's a weird thing, but I hit menopause and got nicer. Hubby says it's because my hormones have been out of whack my entire life. That and one glass of wine now sends me walking into the wall. I can live with that, but I refuse, REFUSE, to have a hot flash. My gyno laughs but I'm hopeful.

  2. I am not looking forward to this at all. My OB/GYN has told me that I am in the beginning stages, so I suppose it is only a matter of time. UGH.Kathy

  3. Hi Kathy. The over the counter pills from the pharmacy work very well so look out for them – they are just a supplement so side effects are limited. PS – I read your blog often so nice to hear from you

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