Let’s talk Menopause: not something most people feel comfortable talking about, despite the difficulties it causes, both physically and mentally. As well as experiencing various symptoms, many women feel they become invisible and out of sync with who they are, often accompanied by a sense of loneliness. (A Mindful Menopause, International Therapist, Summer 2019).
According to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM), nearly 8 out of 10 of menopausal women are in work. 3 out of 4 women experience symptoms, 1 in 4 could experience serious symptoms. Despite this, 70% of women claim they are unwilling to discuss this with their friends or partner, let alone their boss (Griffiths et al, 2013).
Let’s look a little more closely, though everyone is different and unique in terms of length and symptoms:
👉 average menopause lasts about five years, usually starting between ages of 45 and 55
👉 two phases: the peri-menopause and the menopause itself
👉 perimenopause can start at any time and last approximately two to six years, with women often experiencing menopause-like symptoms in their early 40’s, often much earlier than expected
👉 a woman has officially gone through the menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months
👉 physical symptoms include hot flushes/flashes; trouble sleeping; headaches and migraines; aching joints, muscles and feet; weight gain; diminished sex drive; and vaginal dryness
👉 psychological effects can include irritability and forgetfulness; anxiety; feelings of insecurity; difficulty in relaxing, keeping calm and unwinding
(A Mindful Menopause, International Therapist, Summer 2019).
We are fortunate that attitudes are changing, there is more support and today more people are exploring complementary medicine, yoga, mindfulness, relaxation techniques and specialised nutrition plans as a way forward.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or feel in need of support, please give us a call. From our lovely clinic and studio, our friendly team of therapists offer a range of women’s health treatments, classes (relaxation and yoga) and nutrition advice.