rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


When I was in the midst of Menopausal Madness, there were days when I felt truly clumsy.

Cliff was especially unhappy when I went down in a split second on the cobblestones near Boston’s Quincy Market. Granted cobblestones do add to klutziness, but he kept saying, “I just don’t know what made you go over so fast.”

I do!  Menopause! (We need to change the words to “Blame It on the Ritz” to “Blame It on the Pause.”)

My friend Gail thinks balance plays a part of it, and also that we get more absentminded, contributing to klutziness. I’ll throw in that the confusion and weirdness of  menopausal hormones can rattle you so much that you lose concentration, creating clumsiness.

Not that I’m deep into the Great Pause, that super klutzy/clumsy feeling has passed. So if you’re in the middle of the menopause roller coaster, take heart!  (And be extra careful!)

Photo: The lovely un-klutzy lady above is the Yellow Ballerina, painted by Edgar Degas.  Below is Degas’s The Star. You can bet she won’t trip!



Barbara Younger

Barbara Younger blogs from her home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Along with Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster (, she writes books for children and adults. She lives in an old house with her husband Cliff. and collections of everything from dolls to buttons to bookmarks. She's the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother to one adorable baby boy!

2 Responses to Menopausal Klutziness

  1. Lizzie

    Yeah and on top of the “Klutz” effect is the “Hot Flushes/manic Sweats”, for me made all the worse by the side effects of Heart medication which I HAVE to take. Result in humid weather, a rash that takes ages to heal due to the high humidity in the air (and self produced). It is bad enough on a day to day basis. Any help for that?

    • Hi Lizzie, Gosh–so hard to have flushes and sweats from menopause AND medicine. In the U.S. (where I live) I’d check with my dermatologist about the rash. Good luck!

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