Yes, finally, we can openly talk about it! It’s not taboo anymore.
Menopause is a natural process caused by the reduction of the hormone oestrogen. However, it can significantly impact us physically and psychologically for years. Symptoms often include hot flushes, disrupted sleep, brain fog, fatigue, muscle aches, dry eyes, hair loss, weight gain, pelvic floor weakness, vaginal atrophy (dryness), loss of libido, depression and anxiety.
Most women still deal with menopause silently, often ashamed or ridiculed by a family member or work colleagues. So whilst we can feel more emotional, tired, stressed, and overwhelmed just simply trying to keep up with life as we used to, we want to hide, but it “attacks”, causing very uncomfortable situations.
This overwhelming feeling can lead to significant life changes, such as leaving jobs or getting a divorce.
Your GP or a menopause specialist can help with medications or vitamins, and therapy can help with the emotional difficulties.
Therapy is about accepting the new reality whilst finding self-confidence and strength within to deal with it all. It also helps to open up about the issues and empower women for conversations with family members, friends or work colleagues.
Let’s talk about our feelings, experiences, symptoms and NEEDS. Let’s stop it from being taboo, and most importantly, let’s make our life comfortable and enjoyable again! Ask for help if you need it. Don’t forget; you are not alone; you are experiencing a natural process, part of the universe, natural and biological happenings, that every woman goes through at one point in their life.