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‘Anxious, snappy and afraid to drive on the motorway — my name is Audrey Kane and I am perimenopausal’

Like many women, perimenopause came as a surprise to journalist Audrey Kane. Seeking help for her symptoms was further complicated by a history of ovarian cancer in her family. Here’s how she got on 

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Having turned 50 in January, Audrey Kane had no idea of what was on the cards with perimenopause

Having turned 50 in January, Audrey Kane had no idea of what was on the cards with perimenopause

Cracking The Menopause

Cracking The Menopause

Dr Louise Newson

Dr Louise Newson

Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause

Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause

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Where Did My Libido Go?

The Irish Menopause was set up by Sallyanne Brady and Claire Peel

The Irish Menopause was set up by Sallyanne Brady and Claire Peel

Menopause symptom checker

Menopause symptom checker

Audrey feels back to her self again

Audrey feels back to her self again

After eight months on HRT, Audrey feels like she has her life back

After eight months on HRT, Audrey feels like she has her life back

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Having turned 50 in January, Audrey Kane had no idea of what was on the cards with perimenopause

The changes were quite subtle to start. In fact, so subtle, I never even considered perimenopause was in play. It’s likened to puberty’s evil stepsister, because instead of hormones surging, they are jumping ship at an alarming rate and they are not going quietly either — taking down sleep, mood and your sex drive with them.

As someone who is already predisposed to general anxiety, trying to decipher whether feeling rudderless, along with my disturbed sleep and plummeting confidence was pandemic-induced, stress-induced, hormone-induced, or simply a combination of all the above was not straightforward.


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