Why don't we talk about menopause?
Updated: Mar 25
I have noticed that menopause is not often talked about. Why is that?
Menopause is a natural transition stage from child bearing years to non-child bearing years. It occurs on average, at 51 years of age and it's something that all women experience.
In our youth-obsessed culture it takes courage for women to speak openly about their experiences and feelings about menopause. Why have we built a wall of silence around this important subject?
As a naturopath specialising in natural treatments for menopause and perimenopause, I can reveal that most women experiencing menopause symptoms are fit and active, working full or part time and have children still living at home. Menopausal women are vital and beautiful and give a lot of themselves to their families and to their community.
Some of the women I work with have been turned away by their doctor who says they are 'too young' to be experiencing menopause. There seems to be a common misconception that women going through menopause must look old and wrinkly and past their prime.
The word I most often hear associated with menopause is 'embarrassing'. We are embarrassed to have a hot flush in a board meeting or while standing in the supermarket. We are embarrassed to be stripping off the layers on a winters day or overreacting to a comment made by a colleague.
If we can find the courage to talk about menopause then there will no need for millions of women (50% of the population) to experience embarrassment. Let's start a conversation about menopause so that none of our sisters need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of what they are going through!
Help me to help other women have a more positive experience of menopause!
Hi! I'm Simone Jeffries. I am a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and certified wellness coach. I am also a foodie and an advocate for a whole food diet.
The information in this blog is from my Bachelor of Health Science degree, experience from working with women in my clinic, and continuing research.
This blog is for information only and not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please seek assistance for any medical concerns.