Meisjes van vijftig rennen 3 majors in 11 maanden

4 marathons in one year. It is possible, even in menopause.

My feet felt like I was walking on needles. My knees were protesting with all their might. I had just taken my last gel. The drums of the band tried to elevate my mood. And then I saw the gate of Chinatown. This meant I was at the 35k point of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The pain in my feet didn’t seem that important anymore. With only 7k to go I knew: I will finish 4 marathons this year. I could smell that finish line in Grant park, Chicago. 

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Meisjes van vijftig eten gezond

Is there a connection between Alzheimer and Menopause?

Has it ever happened to you? Walking to the fridge, but as soon as you open the door you’ve forgotten what you needed. Opening Google, but your eye catches a quick Facebook update and you completely forget the question you wanted answers to. You know a 100% sure you put your glasses on the table, but now you need it, you can’t find it anywhere. You desperately get your spare glasses, the ones that don’t fit well, because you sat on them. When you put them on, you notice your regular ones are on your head. Sounds familiar? Lucky me! This means I’m not the only one questioning my wits.

The source for hot flashes, depression and night sweats can be found in our brain. 

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meisjes van vijftig love to travel

Is menopause troubling you? Book a trip!

It’s not going well. I have trouble concentrating. I’ve lost every wish to take on new stuff.  I can’t hold my thought even for a second. My whole body is prickly. If ants are partying under my skin. I’m forgetful. Other small aches are troubling me, not alarming enough to go to a doctor. But it makes it hard to function normally. “Don’t forget your moodyness”, my husband calls helpfully from the couch.

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Meisjes van vijftig en de 5 fases van menopauze

Anything is possible in menopause

“Tell me, what can I do for you?”. My GP looks at me expectantly. Again. Since I passed 50, I’ve seen her more times than in the 20 years before. If not for periods that never end, it is for infections that keep flaring up, breasts that are killing me with pain or cramping that can’t  be averted with a overdose of Feminax.  This time my reason to visit is that my period isn’t coming at all.  For once I am glad: could it be that I’m finally released of this monthly returning flood. I wouldn’t mind that all!

No reason to be shy about it: Anything is possible when it comes to menopause. 

It’s just, my body doesn’t seem to get it and won’t agree with my ovaries.  Continue reading

meisjes van vijftig stoppen met de pil atrofie van het baarmoederslijmvlies

The contraceptive pill in menopause: to do or not to do

It’s a mess, isn’t it, the menopause. It feels like there will be no end to it. After my battle with the Mirena I gave my body 1,5 year to clean itself of added hormones. Mentally I felt great during that time. But physically? Every period again I had enormous abdominal pains. They only lasted two days, so it was manageable, but the pain! Continue reading

Kort lontje Meisjes van vijftig

Short fuse

“Let’s just say, this is the last thing I expected. ” My doctor watches me with an understanding look on her face: “Indeed, you tend to think about hot flashes, mood swings or a short fuse. And the skipping of periods. But not this. Still, it is all part of that final stretch into menopause.”  “Well,” I try to joke, “that short fuse is getting shorter by the day, let me tell you.” She probably understands my need to keep the conversation light, to prevent the tears from falling, but that doesn’t stop her from warning me: “Don’t forget: if the situation doesn’t change in two weeks time, we have to take other steps! Keep me updated and I expect to see you in two weeks.” Continue reading

slapeloosheid in de overgang? Niet nodig!

Trouble sleeping during menopause? 3 Tips for a good night sleep

slapeloosheid in de overgangOkay, ladies, I think it is a problem that bothers all of us. And we really can’t always blame the hot flashes. Of course it’s a bother to wake up because of them. Every time I think about the time I slept, seconds before my head hit the pillow, I’m getting nostalgic. Those were the days!  But isn’t it true it is also our own fault? If I look at myself I have to confess: I worried too much. I moved too little. And I refused to adjust my food pattern to the changes in my body. So, for whatever it’s worth, here are my two cents on it. Or three actually. Three tips that helped me sleep better. Even now the menopause is trying to ruin my good night sleep. Because the days, I mean years, leading up to menopause, can seem endless if we can’t get a decent night sleep.  Continue reading

Het Mirena spiraal verwijderd. Ik ben een ander mens!

Bij mij was het een goede vriendin die dit wondermiddel onder de aandacht bracht. Mond op mond werkt immers nog altijd het beste voor een heleboel producten. Van de aanbevelingen van mijn vriendin kan ik me herinneren:mirena-spiraal-problemen polaroid

  • nooit meer ongesteld zijn
  • geen last van de overgang
  • nooit meer last van pms
  • hormonen zijn beter in balans

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Help mijn borsten doen pijn

Help! Mijn borsten doen pijn!

Wakker worden met een paar borsten die overnacht gegroeid zijn van een A naar een C? Ha! Daar zou ik twintig jaar geleden een moord voor gedaan hebben. Zeker als er geen narcose voor nodig is. Maar nu? Ik ben nu al blij als ik een nacht door kan slapen en geen nieuwe rimpel of puistje ontdek de volgende morgen. Een paar borsten die aanvoelen of ik een weeshuis in leven kan houden met een borstvoeding? Nee dank je! Continue reading

meisjes van vijftig zijn net pubers

Alsof overgang al niet erg genoeg is. Nu ook nog puistjes?

Je neemt me in de maling, toch? Slaapproblemen, opvliegers, stemmingswisselingen, huilbuien om niks, grijzend haar. De menopauze wil ons, meisjes van vijftig, nogal eens pakken op onze zwakste plekken. Maar ga je me nu echt vertellen dat ik aan deze glorieuze lijst ook nog puistjes kan toevoegen? Of neemt mijn lichaam soms wraak omdat ik die hele puistjesfase in mijn puberteit heb overgeslagen? Komen de puistjes daarom nu ineens in het kwadraat opzetten?  Continue reading