At 45, my biological clock stopped ticking permanently. But my pre-menopause began two years earlier. It was a gradual decline until I was left with nothing. Menopause hit me hard, turning my life upside down. I was helpless, and I didn't know what was happening to me. The symptoms were relentless: hot flashes, cold sweats, sleepless nights, unexplained tears, and palpitations. I went to see several doctors, but most of them didn't seem to take my concerns seriously. The older, experienced doctors were more knowledgeable about menopause, but the younger female doctors found it amusing. They dismissed my symptoms with sly smiles, leaving me feeling frustrated and unheard. I was prescribed packets of headache and body ache tablets, which didn’t make any difference, until I threw them aside.
Finally, a male gynaecologist at the medical centre gave me the advice I needed. He advised me against hormone tablets due to their side effects and suggested I indulge in activities that I loved. So, I started travelling and experimenting with new recipes and gardening.