My name is Jules. I believe I entered the perimenopause in 2014. I started to experience hot flushes and feeling generally poorly and very low. My mum and my sister had experienced the same, and with education about the menopause so poor and scarce back then (not actually that much better now, but it is improving) I assumed that this was going to be it for me too. I reckoned I could live with this for a little while so didn’t give it too much more thought. Then things started to deteriorate. An inexplicable feeling of anxiety and sense of doom had moved in, and I generally thought I was going mad. It was really frightening as I felt my sense of reality was starting to slip away from me and I had no idea why.
I struggled through 2014 hoping that things would improve. Then 2015 hit, and with it the most chronic insomnia started. I can honestly say, after being a pretty good sleeper all my life, that I could count on one hand each full night’s sleep I got in 2015. It was beyond horrific. The sleep deprivation led to endless frustration with just about every aspect of my life: my marriage, my family, my work, my animals and just a feeling of being totally overwhelmed with normal day to day chores that had never phased me before. The feeling of losing my sanity was really starting to scare me now. What on earth was happening to the happy-go-lucky, full of life woman I once was? Where had she gone?
Everything felt like it was getting on top of me, and I could no longer cope with just getting through the day. I even felt mildly psychotic at one point with my moods spinning on a penny. One minute I would be absolutely fine and then - with no rhyme nor reason - everything changed and I was positively murderous. My poor husband just used to retreat into his shed and keep out of my way, also not understanding where his once measured and fun wife had disappeared to.
Speaking to my doctors, having suffered from depression in the past, I was worried about going back on to anti-depressants: the withdrawal was almost harder than the depression, so that was not an option for me. People spoke of HRT, but as a vegan HRT was morally and ethically not something I would consider. Over the years, I had come to realise that big pharma drugs were never a long-term solution to emotional problems. There had to be another way.
I was offered the opportunity of trying a supplement with a difference called LYMA. I instantly took up the offer but, with my mood as low as it was, I was sceptical and totally unenthusiastic. How wrong I was. Within a matter of a week or so I started to actually dream again. I was waking up in the night, but the quality of the sleep that I was getting was the kind that you get in your 20’s. I was suddenly getting the full range of sleep, which meant I woke up feeling refreshed regardless of how many hours I got.
People underestimate the power of great sleep. No-one really talks about it. When you lay awake at night, it is one of the loneliest things on earth. Everything is magnified, and all your anxieties, worries, problems spill over into the following day. I was no longer waking up with a sense of dread for the day ahead. In fact, I was actually looking forward to it. My anxiety was slipping away, and with it the depression was lifting.
Before taking LYMA, I was also convinced I was becoming mildly agoraphobic. Now, I was so much more confident about heading out and meeting up with friends and even doing the everyday chores like going to the supermarket.
My hot flushes had gone from every other night to twice a month, which was amazing, and as I entered into my second and third month of taking LYMA I noticed an incredible improvement in the quality of my nails and hair. My nails had gone from being dull and brittle to glossy and thicker, and my hair had stopped being flat and breaking off and was shiny and finally growing again! This all led me to feel so much better about myself as a woman.
My husband noticed that I was much more upbeat and more positive, which was lovely for me to hear, and led me to feeling so much happier. I felt like I was finally in my very own “oasis” which I had been missing for all these years. The change was remarkable and after trying so many other things, I can only put this transformation of my inner self and return to the me pre-menopause down to LYMA. It has literally touched every part of my life and I have never looked back.
When I was asked if I would recommend LYMA to anyone else suffering with my symptoms, I would quite simply say: Do it! Get it now because it will change your life. Getting the best quality of sleep and removing all the vile psychological symptoms that the menopause can cause many women is a game changer. I’ve taken it and it works!
Originally published Oct 4, 2021.