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For FEMINIST GIANT, I have written 13 essays on peri/menopause and getting older. Here they are:

#Menopause is the hardest thing that has ever happened to me. And it’s the best thing I’ve ever gone through.

Menopause is shit. Menopause is amazing.… Four pictures of Mona arran...
One of the greatest gifts of #menopause is shamelessness.

In lieu of my menstrual cycle, instead of shedding the lining of my uterus, I am shedding the lining of patriarchal fuckery that I was socialized into.… A picture of Mona sitting a...
Understanding the macrocosm of the pandemic through the microcosm of #perimenopause: we must emerge, not regress.

I refuse to emerge as if unscathed. I insist that we all be scathed, that we refuse to be the people we were at the start.… #Menopause
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I turned 55 this summer. And all I kept thinking was I don’t remember what I used to be and I don’t know who I am becoming. #Menopause has discombobulated all of me. It has taken whatever Mona I used to be pre-perimenopause and shaken her free at the seams… Four pictures of Mona arranged in a square. In each she is w
I look back at the years behind me as if reassessing a wreckage of sorts.

A necessary wreckage.

I think of Adrienne Rich's Diving Into the Wreck

“I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage that was done.”
-Adrienne Rich
In Rich’s poem, the dive is to explore & challenge the myths of patriarchy.

What if menopause is a dive into the self to explore the myths of what we're supposed to be at this stage of our life, what "success" is, what "milestones" to celebrate or regret. And to then wreck them
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Menopause has made a wreck of me, a necessary wreck. My new essay… Four pictures of Mona arranged in a square. In each she is w
As I promised, I called my latest essay "Menopause is Shit. Menopause is Amazing."

I feel as if I'm almost there now. Deceptive perhaps (when your period returns after 10 months away, you understand menopause can be the great deceiver), but I feel as if I’m arriving somewhere.
To get there, I look back at the years behind me as if reassessing a wreckage of sorts. A necessary wreckage. I don’t know who I am becoming but to emerge into her, I must unbecome.…
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My parents preferred I be happy & make my own life choices. I'm single, never married, #childfree #ChildfreeByChoice & in #menopause. I was free to give my parents (also my family, my family of origin) caregiving help & now I mentor & live an intellectually, emotionally full life
Some people choose to be childfree for environmental reasons (biggest consumers of irreplaceable natural resources are people) some choose childfree because we want to do other things besides have children (it's not about materialism or piling up money, those are billionaires).
Moreover patriarchy & the crushing stereotype of the Perfect Mother are crushing stereotypes by which all girls & women but literally no boys and men are judged. Men almost never volunteer to be primary caregivers to their own children (or their ill or disabled adult relatives).
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Lots of discussion about lack of advancement in women's health

Here is the thing. We will NOT advance reproductive/pregnancy/women's health science by continuing to do clinical trials that are NOT based on fundamental mechanisms that drive health & disease

hang on...🧵🧵🧵
Let me explain:

Millions (millions)💲 have been spent to perform clinical trials to decrease adverse pregnancy outcomes such as #preeclampsia

Trials on Vitamin C, E, magnesium, aspirin, calcium

Perhaps, you might be thinking--those are pretty generic interventions 👀

And you would be right. They are.

Vit C & E clinical trial was based on concept that there is evidence of oxidative stress in placentas from preeclamptic individuals

OK. Yes, but oxidative stress is a pretty ubiquitous biological event
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I had night sweats so bad this weekend that I tested (negative) for Covid because I recently learned that night sweats were a symptom of the BA-5 variant.

Perimenopause? Or Pandemic?

I’ve written about how similar the effects can be… #Menopause
Whether it’s being so fucking bone-tired-exhausted that I’m in bed all day: perimenopause or pandemic?

Or what seems like allergies that I never used to have: perimenopause or pandemic?

Too many physical effects could be either or: perimenopause or pandemic?

And it only took them almost two years to try to explain this:

“66 percent of postmenopausal women experienced breakthrough bleeding after one or both of their (Covid vaccine) shots” h/t @rerutled… #Menopause
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In Japan, the first study to focus on #menopause and work found that ‘menopausal loss’ affected one-fifth of women experiencing menopause, who quit, turned down promotions, reduced their working hours or were demoted as a result of their symptoms.…
"Menopause often comes at a time when people move into more senior, more demanding roles. In research, as in other careers,this coincidence is almost certainly causing some to reconsider their career ambitions, adding yet another drain to the ‘leaky pipeline’ of women in science"
“How can I compete with men when I can’t sleep?” Andrea, 50, a senior executive at a Canadian financial services company. “I looked around the table at all the men and thought, ‘I can’t sleep. I sweat all the time. How can I ever compete with these guys?’”…
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OK. Menopause, a personal thread. I’ve been researching menopause since 2015, and running my own HIV/menopause service since 2016. I lead workshops on it, give talks, write about it, develop guidelines. Basically, #menopause is my thing. Now it’s happening to ME. 1/X
I got COVID in Jan, recovered quickly, but then didn’t feel myself for months. Exhausted, brain fog, palpitations, panic attacks, night sweats. Definitely long COVID. Or working mum with 2 toddlers. I asked to be referred to a Long COVID clinic and my GP got some bloods done 2/X
I asked my GP to add a hormone test (FSH) which measures how ovaries are working. It’s not usually done if over 45 (which I am) but after 4 months I suddenly realised this might not be COVID 3/x
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Hot but not bothered?🧠🔥 Our paper on human brain temperature is out today in Brain! @ONeill_Lab @MRC_LMB @Brain1878 #LMBResearch #BrainTemp #BrainTrauma…
With thanks to our amazing participants, collaborators, and supporters @AriErcole @Etherjoe @ManuelCabeleira @CescaStats @EdinUniImaging @EdinUniNeuro @EdinUniBrainSci @CenterTBI @CellBiol_MRCLMB @RachelSEdgar and @The_MRC for funding
In a prospective analysis of healthy men and women, we found that brain temperature is higher than body temperature; brain temperature ranges from 36.1 to 40.9°C, with an average of 38.5C 🧠🔥.
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What do you wish someone had told you about #menopause?…
I wish someone had told me to moisturize my vagina and vulva.

So here I am telling you.…
I am glad someone told me that #perimenopause--the time leading up to #menopause--could take 10-14 years.

Thank you @heathercorinna…
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“Because, what is life without some derailing sexual desires?”

Read and most definitely listen to
C. Prudence Arceneaux read her poem and her description.

Thank you, @eileenchongpoet, the first of the friends who sent me this poem yesterday.

1. I love that the Academy of American Poets’ Poem of the Day was about Menopause
2. I love that the poem included these lines Text: Urban myth says an ag...
If you think the older we get the more comfortable we are with talking about our vulvas, vaginas, pussies and cunts, you have not heard the silence about what happens to our genitals as we age, and specifically as we go through the menopausal transition.…
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I'm working on creating subcategories on FEMINIST GIANT.

Here are 8 essays that feature #Perimenopause #Menopause

1. The Menopause Multiverse…
2. Perimenopausal Nefertiti and My Beautiful Belly… #Perimenopause #Menopause
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*Stands on soapbox*
I've had too many recent discussions with women who are still being brushed off rather than actively cared for in their #menopause, by doctors who are either too disinterested or too inexperienced to feel confident to help.
It appears that, whilst keeping
appraised of current best practice in, say, chronic diseases, such as asthma and diabetes, because they have to, there are still far too many doctors sticking their fingers in their ears if a woman presents with clear symptoms of menopause. They may do a blood test or two,
and declare it inconclusive (on its own, it is not a satisfactory means of diagnosis, so of course it's inconclusive). Or they may find a minor deficiency, such as vitamin d, that they can declare is probably the cause (pretty much every person in the Uk is deficient in vit d,
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#ThisIs54 #NewProfilePic

I slept 7 hours straight last night and it’s a fucking miracle. #Perimenopause

📷 @rerutled Mona from the shoulders up,...
Talking of which: it’s a kick to see The Daniels, who wrote and directed #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce reference my essay on @A24’s @allatoncemovie… h/t @voixdemichele Text: DS: Yes. I read this ...
Now, whenever I want anyone to know how utterly wrenching–and also liberating– it is to go through perimenopause, I will say, nay YELL: EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE.… #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce
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Yesterday, Mona and the Menopause hit an ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME phase of the adventure. She put on blue eyeliner, red lipstick & other colours, and after recording solidarity message for Iranian #MeToo movement, took some THC & started rewatching The Sopranos 📷 @rerutled Mona from the waist up. She is wearing a black and white str
If you are on the Menopause Adventure, consider supporting the anthology I'm editing for @unbounders: pledge (like pre-ordering a book with rewards) or just share the link. There is a lot happening right now yes, and menopause is too, for many people…
With an estimated 1.5 billion people who will experience menopause by 2025, who is speaking about menopause and who are the headlines targeting? It depends on where you are and who you are.…
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Menopause and persistent pain have some similarities in the journey.

This is aside from the fact that a women going through menopause can experience persistent pain.

Cont.. #thepaincoach #pain #Menopause #thread
I spend time asking about people’s experiences and listening to what they tell me, before helping them make sense of it.

Many talk about how they have described different symptoms that are pigeon-holed rather than seen as a person suffering.

‘I kept telling them, but they took no notice’

‘For years I was told it was anxiety and depression’

‘I had three different symptoms, but was told I could only be seen for one’

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Hey, new followers👋🏻
I’m Emma! I'm a #FamilyMD who did a fellowship in #WomensHealth.
I recently moved to #YYC 🗻
I do #gyne, #FMOB, #transhealth, #menopause, #pessaries, & more!
I’m a proud #abortionprovider (surgical/medical) ✊🏼
I live with severe #crohnsdisease.
Stay safe!
To be clear: I do not have a general family medicine practice ☺️ I have a specialized practice at this time!
While I’m honoured to have received so many messages, I cannot triage consults on Twitter. Referrals need to be made to my office by your family doc (unless you require an abortion, pap, or want to talk about contraception — no referral needed then!)
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When you are shameless, you cannot be shamed. And so I write this… #MenopauseMona #FEMINISTGIANT
And this is a roundup of lubricants of various kinds and which uses inclusive language “A person may experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes during menopause.”…
It is with this inclusivity in mind that I teamed up with @unbounders to edit #BloodyHell, a menopause anthology that is global and gender diverse. Find out more here and pledge to help us complete our crowdfund…
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1/ Two quick clips from Bannon's War Room today:
Dr. Malone and Mass Formation Psychosis…
2/ Dr. Malone on Bannons War Room podcast today: "The federal policies are an abject failure."
#Pfizer #Vaccines #Omicron #Vaxxed #Variants #Covid…
3/ Here is the 8 hour broadcast by doctors with a New York Beth Din (Jewish law) in 2021. In the Joe Rogan show, Malone explained WHY the rabbis are concerned about the vaccines: +
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My two most recent essays are part of what I call finding the places where you are ruled by should not/would not/could and vowing that you shall, will and can. This one on menopause, my sex drive, and the importance of moisturizing your vagina #Menopause
And this one in which I write about my “legal” and “illegal” abortions.
If you’re wondering where along my menopause journey I am, it is far enough that if I hear a voice in my head saying "Oh my god, you can't write about that!" I WILL IN FACT WRITE ABOUT THAT. And that is an absolute advantage of being 54 years old.…
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I've long said I would write an essay for those of us who were raised with any version of "purity culture" and who are now going through the menopause transition. Here it is. #MenopauseAwarenessMonth
When I began to notice the impact of perimenopause on my vagina & sex drive, it bothered me more than hot flashes, no longer sleeping through the night, and changes to my digestive system.

It bothered me because I felt I was being robbed again… #Menopause
Not by menopause, which is “natural” (I rarely use that word because it's often employed by cis heteronormative patriarchy in the name of fuckery) but by an upbringing & socialization that instilled in me something that should be considered unnatural & which took me years to shed
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My autistic #menopause
It’s hard to say exactly how being autistic (without knowing it) affected my menopause, and how the menopause affected my experience of being autistic.
The only thing I’m sure of is that they interacted, catalysed and magnified the effects on me
The thing with perimenopause is there’s no sign that it’s begun.
I’d no idea whatsoever it could be affecting me in my mid-40s.
I’d had occasional emotional outbursts when overwhelmed (I now recognise these as autistic meltdowns) but perimenopause took me right off the scale.
The ‘classic’ signs of menopause only came several years later so I was left bewildered and confused by what was happening to me.
It’s not unusual to feel that we’re going mad, or experiencing early onset dementia.
With no other explanation, how would we know any different?
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It's Menopause Awareness Month. For those of us going through perimenopause, that would be every single day for quite a number of years.

What do Nefertiti and Bruce Lee have to do with my perimenopause? I explain!… #MenopauseAwarenessMonth
To look honestly at our bodies as we age is to begin to understand what Bruce Lee meant when he said, “Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless — like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup,..Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." #Menopause
Earlier this year, I started posting photographs of myself on social media with the caption “#ThisIs53. It is not my birthday. I want you to see a 53 year old woman.”

I am now 54. I wanted to be seen. Not to be told, as I often have, that I don’t “look my age.” #Menopause Mona from the waist up with...
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Myth: Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) increases the risk of coronary heart disease. ❤️❤️

The question of whether MHT causes or protects from heart disease has been a subject of debate.

Here’s my take. 🧵
Prior to menopause women are relatively protected from heart disease, and this is related to the role of estrogen.
The menopause transition is associated with an increase in risk of heart disease which has been shown to be separate from the effects of chronological aging. 2/10
Observational studies found a reduction in heart disease for women taking MHT.
There is RCT evidence that estrogen has beneficial effects on cardiovascular risk factors, such as lipids and glucose metabolism. It also has effects on blood vessel function. 3/10
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