It's interesting when you try to find out things about Menopause, because all of the information is either really vague or really generic: you may experience this, you might find that, this other thing could be a symptom of menopause, but we don't know.
Being brutally honest, there's very little concrete information about menopause because we all experience different things at different times: there's no certainty about the age at which we'll start menopause, we have no idea how long it will last and no clue as to which possible symptoms will present and which ones we're going to avoid.
So I thought I'd talk to a few women to find out their experiences during peri-menopause (I didn't know that was an actual thing till I found myself in it!), menopause and post-menopause.
The one thing that is for sure is that the best way we can support ourselves is through conversation with other women who are going through or have gone through menopause to find out what happened for them and how they dealt with it, what they found useful and what was a waste of time.
In the first of this Menopause series, I chat with Maurya Rieder about her experiences, what she discovered in her research about menopause (she's a scientist so she was pretty thorough!) and how she (and her family!) survived the whole thing, especially (as Maurya says) on those days when you're “not fit for human consumption”!
Listen to the podcast to see how this compares to your experiences or to get a heads up on what life's like during this interesting time.
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Today's Guest: Maurya Rieder
Wife, mother, IT Project Manager, avid personal growth devotee.
Maurya Rieder, oldest of 4 kids, parent of two, American by nature, Australian by choice.
She loves to pursue growth type activities, including participating in Landmark Education's programs for a number of years.
Reading personal growth books is one of her favourite pastimes.
Maurya has been in menopause for 3 years and is, on the whole, quite happy about that.