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‘Menopause, for all its brain fog, sharpens your focus on what you really want in your life – and what you don’t’

Shrugging off old ways of thinking has been the key for Suzanne Harrington to enjoy a midlife clear-out of expectations. She discusses how to reappraise life and make positive changes during and after menopause

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Suzanne Harrington examines profound transformations in menopause. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

Suzanne Harrington examines profound transformations in menopause. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

Suzanne says nobody wants to see a middle-aged woman rage-howling in the supermarket

Suzanne says nobody wants to see a middle-aged woman rage-howling in the supermarket

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Suzanne Harrington examines profound transformations in menopause. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

I’ve been asked to write about the liberating aspects of menopause bang in the middle of a HRT supply crisis, which is a bit like being asked to write about cake during a famine, but if there’s one thing menopausal women can rise to, it’s a challenge.

Adaptation becomes second nature, as our formerly perfectly-tuned bodies go haywire, and take our mental health with it — leaving us so discombobulated that making a cup of tea is a challenge. Having sex is a challenge. Not killing people is a challenge. Especially now, when we can’t easily access the patches and gels which help take the edge off.


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