by Lynne James
I have to tell this as it quite simply astounded me.
I have been lucky enough to just bumble along most of the time as regards menstrual issues etc. Luckily I used to get a small warning before my period ...otherwise I would have just been surprised each month, no doubt at some inconvenience. I am not one to count days etc etc. and didn't pay enough attention to the other signs ...or perhaps didn't have them. Whatever! ...I bumbled quite happily actually.
Towards the end of 2010 I turned 48. I'd had a few 'glowy' episodes during the year - nothing to write home about. Anyway, somewhere around the middle (I think!) of 2010, my lips started to dry out, to the point where I could actually peel layers off my lips, literally .... only the outer layer skin of course, but I could do LAYERS throughout the day. It was bizarre. Nothing I had ever experienced before. They constantly peeled and were dry. I couldn't smile never mind laugh..... and peeled my lips constantly. It's hard not to when they are so scaly! No doubt not a pretty sight. Cracks would then develop at the corners of my mouth.... even less smiling allowed! Nothing anyone gave me helped - and believe me, people offered EVERYTHING!! I have tried most lip balms, all kinds of creams, pure bees wax etc etc etc. My lips were noticeably out of sorts and hard to miss looking at my face. Every now and then I would get a reprieve, my lips would chill out for a time.... for reasons I didn't put together.
I was about to get married in December 2010. My partner suggested that I see a Dr., not for the wedding but probably because I was hard to kiss!! ( only jesting ...he kissed me anyway!) I declined the Dr. option thinking that they could really do nothing. ...... but I did chat to my sister in law! A great move! (often is actually!) and she kind of worked out that this lip thing was cyclical! Huge penny dropped for me, the bumbler! Anyway, Sue suggested that I try Natpro.
I have known about Natpro for some years and have never needed it so have never tried it. I need a good reason and to be driven if I am to do something religiously every day. Natpro requires this, as do all regular treatments.
So ...the long and the short of the story is that I have hormonal lips! ...menopausal hormonal lips! Who would have guessed?? ... I started using Natpro religiously out of necessity (and hope! Sore lips suck!) It is now 16 months. The recovery was swift!
So ...why am I writing now, 16 months later? ...because the hot flushes have returned!! Damn! .... but I already knew they were on their way as my lips started drying out again DESPITE my religious use of Natpro (on my face every morning!). I now bumble a bit less on this important issue in my life (the sore lips that is) and immediately realised I needed to increase my dose - so now apply it twice a day ... and have a tube in my bag just in case. I have probably trebbled my dose since my lips hinted at the need.