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World Menopause Day was founded to raise awareness about the menopause and provide women with support who are experiencing the menopause and peri-menopause.
No two women’s experience is the same, and being aware and able to recognise that your symptoms might be down to fluctuating hormones is the first step to managing them.
For many women, it can be difficult to know if you are going through menopause, especially if you already have irregular periods. The time that leads up to menopause – which can be months or years – is known as Perimenopause.
Why does menopause occur?
Oestrogen is a hormone mainly produced in the ovaries and is responsible for controlling many functions in the body including the production of an egg each month (ovulation). As a woman gets older, their store of eggs in the ovaries naturally declines. Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs and your body’s oestrogen levels fall. As a result, there are many changes that can occur to the body including no longer having periods and the symptoms we associate with the menopause.
The symptoms associated with menopause tend to be a result of hormone imbalance and lack of oestrogen. There are over 30 symptoms associated with menopause, but the British Menopause Society list of most commonly experienced symptoms includes:
– Hot Flushes
– Vaginal Dryness
– Weight Gain
– Sleeping Problems
– Stress & Anxiety
– Loss of Sex Drive
– Night Sweats
– Skin Changes
– Joint Aches
– Low Energy
– Low Mood
– Period Changes
– Brain Fog
– Sensitive Bladder
– Painful Sex
We have compiled some resources that may bring you comfort and help you on your journey:
Experiencing menopause in the legal profession – The Law Society
With over half of the legal profession being female, and a growing number of mid-life women remaining in their careers, it’s imperative we lift the stigma on the menopause, and all issues faced by women. The resource covers suggestions to organisations on adjusting working environments, what actions and behaviours are discriminatory and how to curate a supportive and inclusive culture. It also offers advice to all women, both currently experiencing the menopause and those that wish to be prepared and involved in paving the way for their generation.
The M Word: Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause by Dr Phillipa Kaye
Older and Wider: Menopausal musings from the midlife by Jenny Eclair
The Gynae Geek: Your No-Nonsense Guide to ‘Down-There’ Healthcare’ by Dr Anita Mitra
Diet & Menopause by the Food Medic, Dr Hazel Wallace
Is the menopause still taboo in law firms? By Kathy Abernethy – The Law Society Gazette
Talking Menopause aims to be the solution to positively impact a culture change in organisations around menopause. We are a team of experienced consultants, including business coaches and menopause professionals and are all committed to raising awareness of menopause in the workplace.
You can find more resources on our website here.