At her age now, Oprah Winfrey was waiting with great anticipation for the period in a woman’s life when menstruation becomes irregular and less frequent before eventually stopping altogether.
Menopause is usually accompanied by a range of unpleasant symptoms; the period spanning perimenopause up to postmenopause. Between the ages 48 and 50, Oprah started experiencing every one of the symptoms inciting her she was approaching that period. Oprah said:
“Suddenly, I wasn’t vibrant. My whole world dulled down a couple of notches. For two years I didn’t sleep well. Never a full night. No peace. Restlessness and heart palpitations were my steady companions at nightfall. This was back when I was 48 to 50. I went to see a cardiologist. Took medication. Wore a heart monitor for weeks”.
Heart palpitations and restlessness were signs that ‘The Change’ was coming. However, nobody, including Oprah’s trusted doctors, had cautioned her about it, and when the symptoms appeared, she and her PCP (promary care physician) searched for the most incredibly dire clarification—coronary illness—rather than the most probable.
As indicated by Oprah, she did numerous TV shows about her discovery, in light of the fact that, at that point, almost no one was talking about menopause. Until that point in Oprah’s adult life, she doesn’t recall one serious conversation with another woman about what to expect.
Oprah said, she had caught wind of hot glimmers, but she wasn’t ready for palpitations. And, after her period halted for good, at 53, she wasn’t ready to have such trouble concentrating. Reading, Oprah’s beloved interest, became a daily task. Abruptly her entire world dulled down two or three indents.
Clarifying further, Oprah said for two years, she didn’t sleep soundly. In fact, not even a full night. There was no peace. Restlessness and heart palpitations were her consistent partners at dawn. This was back when she was 48 to 50. She went to see a cardiologist, took medicine, and wore a heart screen for several weeks.
In view of her experience, Oprah did multiple shows about her discovery, because at the time, almost no one was talking about menopause. One day, a friend mentioned to Oprah that she’d felt the same dullness, and that her doctor had recommended an estrogen supplement. From time onwards, Oprah also tried it and that proved to be the answer for her too. That was her “miracle” treatment.
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