Today is World Menopause Day, which I guess gives us ‘permission’ to talk about the M word.
Of course, we don’t actually need permission, but how often do we? I think the M may as well stand for Mystery because it still is a kind of mystery.
It’s a mystery why some doctors can still brush it off or not even be completely aware of the wide range of symptoms and implications that Menopause has.
It’s a mystery why Menopause is still a subject that is often spoken about in hushed tones or with a shudder.
it’s a mystery why there isn’t more education and information (for everyone) about menopause so that women can be informed before things start to happen and negate the need for thinking you’ve just lost the plot completely and any quality of life is over.
Navigating your way through the Menopause is tricky enough without having to deal with the lack of awareness and the isolation that that might bring.
There was an interview on TV this morning with Meg Matthews, I don’t know much about her but she spoke about her experience of going through the menopause. For Meg, her experience meant she suffered with huge social anxiety and didn’t leave the house for two months; she didn’t have a clue what was happening to her and pretended to have glandular fever instead. For Meg, HRT worked really well, I know that isn’t the case for everyone. And that’s another point.
Meg described women as snowflakes – every one of us is different – there is no one size fits all with menopause, we each have a different experience with it. Which of course can make diagnosis difficult and the feeling that no one else is going through what we are.
We need to start talking about our experiences – in sharing what we know we can lessen the stigma and realise we are not alone.
Every woman will go through this phase in their lives – regardless of how much or how little you undergo.
Even with all this, the mid life time in a woman’s life IS something to be celebrated. Let’s start sharing what we know and have experienced, it doesn’t have to be a public declaration – just start talking to your friends, your family.
Let’s get used to talking about menopause.