Menopause: Freedom Without A Stigma?

“50% of women resigned or took early retirement due to their menopause of perimenopause”. – Newson Health Research and Education

Menopause is inevitable – are you ready for it?

Did you know that 1 in 4 women consider leaving their jobs because of menopause? And 1 in 10 do! Globally, the average age that women reach menopause is between 45 – 55 years, although they can experience it earlier in their 30s. Regardless of the age at which women first experience menopause symptoms (all 50+ of them), their suffering varies greatly. It can be an unbearable time – stressful, debilitating, and completely life-changing for them.

Women report feeling invisible and diminished by our current approach to dealing with menopause. Sadly, women’s health issues, such as menopause and periods, are still taboo words when they shouldn’t be. 

It is shocking that in 2022, Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free period products, ensuring free sanitary products are available to anyone who needs them. 

Menopause will affect 50% of the population, this has been linked to an increase in anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts – an increase of 7% in the last decade. Few specialist clinics are dedicated to treating menopause, so women will continue to get misdiagnosed until menopause training is widely available. There are between 30-50 Symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. 

Menopause is a natural part of life. We don’t need to suffer in silence or figure things out alone. So it is never too early to arm yourself with information as your doctor may not be trained to diagnose or offer the help you need.  

Here are 3 top apps to help you get started: 

  1. Balance App – The balance app is brought to you by renowned menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson. The free balance app allows you to track your symptoms, access personalised expert content, and download a Health Report. 

  2. Health & Her App – This app allows you to track your symptoms, triggers and period changes, learn about your body, and explore expert advice. It also helps you to build good habits and personalise your goals.

  3. Luminosity – Discover what your mind can do – this app helps with exercise memory, flexibility, and more with the world’s most popular brain training program.

Western culture tends to place a high value on youthfulness, and ageism is rife in workplaces, so learning how to continue to thrive during this transitional period of life is crucial.

Some cultures have a more positive attitude to menopause and consider menopause a rebirth, a sign of wisdom, experience, and even freedom. 

I think that perspective gives you more to look forward to.

Let’s flip the script on menopause.

You can also take action to drive awareness at work. 

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October

This year, why not use this day to raise awareness of menopause and the support needed to improve women’s health, well-being, and retention at work? 

Cracking the Menopause Code: Navigating your career through menopause.

We’re excited to have Catherine Harland join us for this month’s members mentoring session. After 30 years working in the corporate world, Catherine decided to change careers to become a menopause educator, 1-1 coach and menopause awareness workplace training provider. 

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Catherine on 30th August 2022 | at 1 pm