Women across the globe have taken to social media to mark World Menopause Day, offering insights – and plenty of comedy – on what it’s like to experience the life change first hand.
Making light of their daily battles, many shared memes on the symptoms they’re enduring, listing hot and cold flushes, brain fog and forgetfulness among them.
Elsewhere, others complained of aching joints – a symptom of lower oestrogen levels – while some joked about feeling ‘deranged’ in the morning after tossing and turning as a result of anxiety through the night.
One woman posted a meme featuring an infamous Sex And The City scene in which Samantha experiences menopausal symptoms as a result of treatment for breast cancer.
Alongside the image of a sweating Samantha, she wrote: ‘To all the ladies out there who can’t remember what day it is, wear layers in case of extreme heat or hypothermia, feel like they have run a marathon due to joint pain or have developed three stone. Don’t worry it won’t last. Warriors’.
The tweets were shared using the hashtag #WorldMenopauseDay, which was created by The International Menopause Society in collaboration with the World Health Organisation in an effort to encourage women to speak openly about the once-taboo topic.
Writer Milly Johnson from Yorkshire posted a picture of a forgetful Winnie The Pooh describing rage, insomnia and insanity as some of the symptoms of the menopause she had experienced
A mother from Dorset posted a snap of a shopper cooling herself off in a supermarket freezer, dedicating it to her ‘sisters’ in menopause and joking that they should let their ‘hot flushes and erratic behaviour run wild and free’
Brit Sue Hall posted a picture of a cat sprawled out by a fan, describing how brain fog and exhaustion hit at the time you could ‘finally do your own thing’, as she shared her frustration about the menopause
A support group for women in their fifties, based in Croydon, admitted that menopause could leave you feeling as though you’ve been ‘dug up’ with night anxiety leaving you feeling ‘deranged’, posting a meme of a zombie alongside their caption
Sarah Thyer, from Swansea, posted a meme of Sex And The City character Samantha breaking out in a sweat, dedicating her post ‘to all the ladies out there who can’t remember what day it is, wear layers in case of extreme heat or hypothermia’ and praising them as ‘warriors’
Kate from Jersey joked that her brain had become like the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ since she hit menopause, sending her thoughts out to women experiencing the same thing, in the trending Twitter thread
Crime novelist Sara Sheridan from Edinburgh posted a picture of a 16th century medicine chest, joking that the 126 bottles of drugs were ‘not nearly enough for menopausal ladies’
Twitter user Lea Finch joked that she would have forgotten about World Menopause Day as she looked for her car keys she had ‘probably put in the fridge’ among the viral Twitter thread
One Twitter user joked that her hot flushes resulted in regular battles with the window during the night, resulting in a very cold husband, amid the viral Twitter thread on menopause
Dutch Twitter userJustine Whittern shared the moment she discovered her ‘hobbling’ to the kitchen was down to the joint pain caused by low Oestrogen levels, amid the viral thread on menopause
Twitter user Kerry admitted she could barely remember her own name since hitting menopause, advising othes to write everything down on the the thread for World Menopause Day
Admitting that she was still dressing for the summer, had constant battles with insomnia and forgot what she was doing regularly, Jo Manchester wished other women experiencing the same thing a great day
Broadcaster Bola Mosuro shared her support for other ‘sisters of the menopause’ around the world, citing flushes, chills, dryness, itches, libido changes and poor concentration as the symptoms she had experienced
Twitter user Becky expressed her frustration at the hurdles women had to conquer, including periods, labour, childbirth, breastfeeding and then menopause, in the viral Twitter thread of World Menopause Day
And even the men on Twitter got involved, with Twitter user Mark Fairhurst urging other males to support their partners going through the menopause, adding that more ‘understanding of the natural event’ was needed