Today Is World Menopause Day
Growing up, I was never really sure what the Menopause was, it was never called that, if anything was ever spoken about it was those dreaded words ‘The Change’
The change? What on earth did that mean to a young person? What was to happen when I reached a certain age, I’d turn in to a lizard overnight, a capybara (my spirit animal) I had NO idea.
Now I have gracefully (hah) hit my forties I feel quite lucky the secrecy of the menopause is finally being broken down, it happens, why can’t we normalise it?
Thanks to celebrities such as Davina McCall and Cherry Healey, the taboo surrounding menopause is being broken down, but we do have a way to go.
None of us should feel uncomfortable talking about the menopause, it should be spoken about in families, in workplaces, with our friends.
I recently attended a training Webinar hosted by ACAS, I learnt heaps which was great personally and this will have a positive impact on my workplace too.
Some facts I think are very important to share –
The menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55 and the average age for this in the UK is 51.
The 3 stages of menopause are;
Perimenopause – the time your body makes the natural transition to menopause
Menopause – the time your body stops producing the hormones that cause your periods.
Post Menopause – the time after menopause
There are a number of symptoms some may experience, from hot flushes. Headaches, anxiety to palpations and it is very important for us to be menopause aware, especially in the workplace.
This is because women over 50 are the fastest growing group in the UK workforce
Does your workplace have a Menopause Policy, can you speak to someone if you need help or advice?
Our colleagues know they can approach anyone in our workplace, and they will be listened to and supported and respected.
Be there for each other and end the stigma.