I am available to work with you, either on a personal basis or through a workshop, but I do regret that I can’t undertake to give a personal response to every question I’m asked, either via this website or on social media.
In April 2012 I hadn’t given menopause a second thought, I was only 45. Twelve months later I had become completely consumed by it.
Founder Diane Danzebrink publishes regular video blogs about all aspects of menopause – click here to see her in conversation with both professional and patient experts.
Approximately 13 million women in the U.K are either peri- or post menopausal. Symptoms can last up to 15 years. Over 60% of women experience symptoms resulting in behaviour changes. 1 in 4 women will experience severe debilitating symptoms. Read more of the facts here.
Three Campaign Aims:
To significantly improve menopause education amongst GP’s – far too many women are suffering as GP’s receive very little, if any menopause education during their training leaving them ill equipped to recognise and manage a phase of life that will directly affect at least 50% of the population.
To raise awareness within the workplace and for all employers to have menopause guidelines in place to be able to support women experiencing symptoms. Too many women feel unsupported at work and currently 1 in 10 leave the workplace due to menopause symptoms.
Already achieved: To introduce menopause education in to the PSHE curriculum for all teenage boys and girls. Every woman and man deserves to understand this phase of life. Far too many individuals and relationships suffer as a result of a lack of understanding of menopause.
More than 60% of women experience menopausal symptoms
Approximately 38 per cent of women seek help from a GP
One quarter of those who visited a GP say the possibility of the symptoms being menopause related is missed
One third of women who visited a GP were not made aware of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Women have been disgracefully failed and you should be angry because this arrogant attitude still affects all areas of women’s health. ‘An arrogant culture in which serious medical complications were dismissed as “women’s problems” contributed to a string of healthcare scandals over several decades, an inquiry ordered by the government has found’ Review into vaginal Read more about You should be angry[…]
Now we need your help too. This morning I launched our very first fundraising campaign, If you have ever received any help, support or information via this website or via our group please consider contributing whatever you can. Your support will help us to ensure better education, information and support for the future.
I am delighted to announce that the passion project that started out of pure frustration and the desire to ensure things change in the world of menopause is now officially a community interest company.
Imagine your Doctor is saying this to you….
If you or somebody you know has been refused treatment you can find your nearest NHS menopause clinic by going to the British Menopause Society website. There are not nearly enough clinics and you may have to travel too but they are there.
Diane took part in a “Your Next Episode”, a podcast on hormones and mental health produced by birth educator and menopause expert Louise Daniels – you can listen to it on Apple Podcasts.
Guest-blogging on the intimate lubricant company YES website, Di says fluctuating hormones and Oestrogen in particular can be responsible for anxiety, panic, feeling tense or nervous, feeling unhappy or depressed, irritability, poor concentration, plummeting self esteem and what some might describe as a loss of joy.
One night a couple of years ago my lovely friend Sophie reached out for support on Twitter and on Friday, Sophie and I will be discussing our experiences of surgical menopause and hopefully answering some of your questions. Oh, and Kevin, pictured here, might pop in too!
Dr Sarah Ball, menopause expert Diane Danzebrink and Dr Rebecca Lewis put HRT myths firmly in their place in this frank discussion covering HRT types, benefits and risks; when is the best time to start and finish HRT; and the evidence around historical scare stories.
This week is mental health awareness week – and whilst I applaud that initiative, it’s vital that mental health is at the top of our national agenda EVERY DAY as it is so vital to personal and national wellbeing.