We need to talk about the menopause

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The 18th of October is World Menopause Day and our message is simple – talk about the menopause! All women are going to experience it, it’s a natural part of the aging process, and yet too often it’s either considered taboo to discuss, or whispered about in hushed tones. That needs to change.

For most women, the menopause will happen between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age being around 51. However, there’s no hard and fast rule for when the menopause will begin. Early menopause, occurring at the age of 45 will be experienced by 20% of women, while 1 in a hundred will experience a premature menopause, occurring before the age of 40. When you consider that roughly 80% of the Health and Social Care workforces are women, and the average age across both sectors is 45, this is an issue likely to be affecting a huge portion of the workforce.

For some, the menopause will come and go with no or few problems. For many though, it can bring with it a plethora of physical and emotional issues – you might experience anxiety, low mood, sleep problems, hot flushes, difficulty concentrating, ‘brain fog’, fatigue or aching joints. These can all be worrying things to experience, especially when you’re not sure of what is causing them. That’s why it’s so important to talk about the menopause – to share your concerns, to discuss what you’re going through, and to get some reassurance that you’re not alone in this.

And for all the men out there – this is something your mums, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, and friends are going to go through. You owe it to them to be clued up and willing to have those conversations.

To help get the conversation started, we recently published a video produced by the team at Big Health, which discusses the impact the menopause can have on your sleep. You can watch the video by following this link.

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