Spotlighting Menopause in the the Media
It is 2021, however, menopause continues to be a taboo subject to talk about, which is unfortunate because this is a natural part of the aging process for every woman. Each woman’s menopause journey is different where symptoms can range from mild to extreme and can interrupt their daily lives.
There needs to be more education around menopause especially in the workplace. Some menopausal women find themselves in uncomfortable situations where their bosses are sometimes unable to understand or even know how to better support menopausal women. Sometimes women may need accommodations such as flexible work schedules, access to cool water, fans,ice, and more.
In an article in the October/November 2021, AARP magazine, actress, activist on Power & Menopause, Salma Hayek, who is 55 indicated that when she was going through menopause, she wondered why nobody talks about it in the movies. She further stated that there is one subject that strikes fear into the hearts of producers and directors in Hollowood: menopause. Therefore, in her role in the film, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, she had one condition, her character had to be on intimate terms with the hot flashes and mood swings that most perimenopausal and menopausal women struggle with.
In a recent CBS 2 article with Journalist Cindy Hsu, she interviewed a few women who are working to raise awareness about menopause. In the article (https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/10/01/world-menopause-awareness-month/), Lorrie King and Celeste Lee are in their mid-50s stated that “A lot of women actually develop a lot of fear that they’re going to be pushed out,” Lee said. “That’s one of the reasons we don’t talk about menopause at the workplace. We think ‘Oh my god, if I talk about menopause, people are going to know how old I am.”
King and Lee left their careers in the beauty industry to start Caire, a skincare line for women over 40. (P.S. I had the pleasure of speaking at a summit in September with both King and Lee).
In the same CBS article, Dr. Carol Russell, an OB-GYN, stated that some women think that they’re losing their mind because these symptoms are very vague and if the symptoms are pronounced enough they may think they’re having a heart attack, they may think they’re having an anxiety attack and some women go to the emergency room.
Menopause is the period where a woman does not have her period for 12 consecutive months, and usually occurs in your 50s. The period leading up to menopause is perimenopause, which usually starts in their 40s and even late 30s.
Common menopausal symptoms are more than hot flashes and night sweats; there are actually more than 30 symptoms (e,g. joint pain, brain fog, range of emotions such as anxiety, depression, mood swings). The more we talk about them the more likely women will get the help they may need.
There are different treatment options that women can choose when looking for solutions to alleviate their menopause symptoms. There are coaches, like myself or healthcare practicioners who specialize in supporting perimenopausal and menopausal women. Not every woman will require hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or medications. Some women simply need lifestyle changes, a better diet, more exercise, selfcare and effectively manage their stress. Other natural solutions that can also be helpful include essential oils, herbs and supplements. My mission is to help educate women and let them know that there are solutions that can help to alleviate or reduce their symptoms.
If you are suffering with perimenopause or menopause symptoms, you could benefit from a conversation with me, a holistic menopause coach. See my contact information below to schedule a FREE call today.
In Good Health,
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
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