Women going through perimenopause and menopause know how real the struggle is. Unfortunately, menopause is still too often a taboo, and there is little support available to us, while plenty would be needed to make this phase of our life more bearable. We all have a story to tell and this is my story of how I dealt with my perimenopause.
I was on a BART train in San Francisco on a beautiful spring day, when suddenly, I began sweating profusely. This was the first time I experienced a hot flash at the age of 45. I was not prepared for this, and I did not even realize it was a hot flash until the second one followed not long after. I had heard before how extreme the symptoms of menopause could get, but I always assumed these were exaggerations. Well, not anymore!
This was all new to me, so the first thing I did was to talk to my doctor, who advised me to buy a notebook and start noting my hot flashes, their duration and intensity. Her advice looked totally unreal to me, as when hot flashes strike, the last thing I want to do is to calmly start journaling.
I visited other doctors, but none of them gave me the impression to take menopause very seriously. They would tell me that it was a normal phase of my life and I just had to be patient. The most they would do would be to give me hormones, which allegedly would reduce the number and intensity of hot flashes. I felt really frustrated to see how neglected menopause was. Once again, menopause was perceived as a woman’s problem that was not worth much attention.
I then turned to my older sisters for some advice, but they all feigned ignorance since going through menopause is a phase of their life that many women do not want to face.
Without any helpful pointers for advice, my menopause journey became very frustrating. I spent hours scouting the Internet, talking to my family and friends, and finally concluded that the first and mandatory step to ease my journey through menopause was to learn to know my own body better:
“Know Your Body – Learn how the food you eat, the hours you spend exercising,your stress levels, and the quality of your sleep play a role in menopause symptoms.”
What I needed then was a solution to easily record these events: the food I was eating, my sleep, my mood swings, my hot flashes, etc.
This is how I came up with the idea of My Luna app, a mobile app that would let women record these events in the simplest way possible. The information we enter allows My Luna to generate a highly accurate and personalized menopause chart and advise us what food or activity to avoid in order to decrease the chance of getting hot flashes.
“My Luna has helped me regain control of my life. I hope it will help many women in the same way! Life is such a beautiful journey. Let’s live it fully!”
Founder of My Luna.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of women during and after the menopause by helping them to understand what causes hot flashes in their diet, physical and emotional activities.
Our vision is to bring awareness and advancement of knowledge about the menopause.