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Menopause has entered a new era and we're totally here for it

By Rosanna Lamotta September 3, 2018

We've come a long way... 

Menopause was once a life stage of secrecy and mystery – whispered ‘women’s-only’ business – but thanks to more research and greater awareness, today’s midlife women can have a different experience to those of previous generations. 

As Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore explains, the experience of menopause, while sometimes challenging, can also be a positive one; an opportunity to look to the future and what’s ahead - a celebration if you will!

“It [menopause] brings challenges and changes, and for some women it can also be an empowering and exciting time".

"Menopause can give women a chance to reassess their lives and health – work out what changes, if any, they need to make and begin the next phase of their life on their own terms", she explained.

Jean Hailes hormone specialist Dr Sonia Davison also spoke of the possibility for menopause to bring a "positive turning point"  in women's lives:

"Women today can often feel liberated and more confident in this phase, and some women just love not having to deal with their monthly periods,” Dr Davison said.

"Menopause as an experience today is not just about looking back; it’s actually a great opportunity to look to the future and set yourself up for good health in later life".

When I talk to my patients about menopause, we’re not just talking about hormones – we look at all the other parts of their lives and health as well; heart health, bone health, mental and emotional health, their libido and sex life"​. 

And, while there's no denying the many not-so-friendly symptoms of menopause (hot flushes, increased anxiety or poor sleep). It's important for all of us know that help and support is always available and only a call/search/visit away.

In the meantime, we thought we'd get the ball rolling nice and early... Here are some ways to help you make the most of your menopause!

 

1. Empower yourself with the knowledge that menopause is normal and natural

That's right ladies, knowledge is power!

And, if you anything like us (and need to brush up on your info) you can watch the webinar Menopause: all you need to know to learn more. We mean... It's a real life saver!

 

 

2. Get the right advice

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, see your GP. If you don’t feel properly ‘heard’ by your GP, find one who listens to you and your concerns. Don't be afraid to find what works best for you, it's crucial!

 

3. Communicate openly and honestly with those around you

Speak up! Menopause doesn’t need to be a silent, lonely experience. If you feel comfortable, speak about your experiences (whether they are positive or negative) with your friends, family and colleagues. Your own stories may also help other women who are struggling alone with their midlife changes. 

 

4. Share but don’t compare

We're all different and that's OK!

Menopause is an individual experience for every woman. So share your stories with your friends – shout them from the rooftops if you want! – but don’t compare your menopause with your best friend’s, or think that the advice they received from their doctor also applies to you.

Hey, even if you’re breezing through menopause, put your health on the agenda and make an appointment with your GP. The hormonal changes that come with menopause have an effect on other areas of your health, such as your heart health and bone health.

And remember! If you're using natural therapies, see a qualified naturopath and tell your doctor about any supplements you may be taking.

5. Finally... take some time out for you

Think about what you want from the next phase of your life, what’s important for you and how you can achieve your goals. If you need help with this consider talking to a counsellor or psychologist.

 

And just in case you're after some extra info... You can learn more about menopause and how to manage any midlife changes by visiting the Jean Hailes website!

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