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The Change – Part 2

The hot flashes persist but they have added a whole new dimension to the amount of embarrassment they can cause, dizziness. To be honest the dizziness itself is just an inconvenience, it only lasts a minute or so, the slightly dissociated from the world aspect is annoying but wears off some 5 minutes after the ‘flash’ finishes but the other day a whole new aspect of the dizziness presented, fainting. Well, I didn’t actually faint but I’m certain that if I hadn’t been able to sit and lean forward for a couple of seconds I would have ended up prostrated in the middle of the high street. Thankfully it hasn’t happened since but I am now careful to seek a ‘place of safety’, a chair, when I feel a flash building. Anyway, as a result of this new aspect resulting from my diminishing hormones I’m off to the docs to discuss HRT. I always swore that I was ‘woman’ enough to get through the menopause without wimping out and resorting to some concoction made from the urine of pregnant mares but I’ve taken the on-line test to see if I should be on HRT and it tells me I should, and we all know that you should believe everything you read on the internet.

What do I know about HRT?

PRO’s 

  • Reduces hot flashes & night sweats
  • Alleviates vaginal dryness and urinary sensitivity
  • Improves condition of skin and hair
  • Increases libido

CON’s

  • ? Increases chances of heart disease
  • Breast disease likelihood is increased
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Increased facial hair
  • Aggressiveness

Hmm. Sounds all good stuff really but I’ve just found this blog, flashfree, I think I shall study it and find out what else there is on offer, an anti-aging drug would be handy.

On a serious note though, supposing I get a flash and/or dizziness and fainting whilst at a homebirth?

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