The menopause – a word that we are all familiar with. With every woman experiencing a symptom of the menopause at some point in their life; it is an important topic and conversation that needs to be had. At Kira, we understand the difficulty in dealing with the symptoms associated with the menopause, and that it is a topic which is not typically mentioned in everyday conversation. In today’s blog, we will be bringing the topic into the open – sharing with you what the menopause is, the purpose of the day, the lack of awareness, and our top tips for managing symptoms.

What is the Menopause?

In simple terms, the menopause is when a woman’s periods stop due to a drop in hormone levels, typically between the ages of 45 and 55. Once you have not had a period for the duration of 12 months, this is in official terms when you have reached the menopause. Perimenopause is when you have symptoms before your period has stopped. Both the perimenopause and the menopause can cause symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, a feeling of hormonal imbalance, mood swings, hot flushes, brain fog, and irregular periods1.

What is the purpose of World Menopause day?

World Menopause day is held on the 18th of October every year, and this October marks World Menopause awareness month. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and provide women with the support and options available to them for improving health and wellbeing. Raise awareness and get involved by using the following hashtags on your socials: #worldmenopausemonth #worldperimenopauseday #worldmenopauseday

Why is there a lack of awareness?

While awareness is slowly growing, the term ‘Menopause’ has become a subject of taboo and is shrouded in stigma. A recent 2021 study by Britainthinks, found that 47% of the public agree that it is a subject of taboo, and 43% agree that they lack knowledge around the subject2. These social attitudes are said to have negative consequences for women who are going through the menopause, particularly at work – 67% of women who are currently or previously experiencing symptoms of the menopause agree that it can negatively impact a woman’s career2. This data alone shows us how important World Menopause Day is for spreading awareness, and trying to break down the barriers of the ‘taboo’ subject into one that flows into our everyday conversations and lives.

Top tips for managing symptoms

You may find it helpful to:

  • Find out more about the menopause and perimenopause by doing some additional research.
  • Talking with your GP about treatment options.
  • Talking with a manager or HR colleague who you feel comfortable with.
  • Talking with friends or family about your experiences – you will find that you are not alone!
  • Look into mindfulness and meditation techniques to relieve your anxiety.
  • Consider lifestyle changes – see our menopause exercise and menopause diet tips to keep you feeling your best and limit any discomfort.
  • Invest in some helpful herbs – the Kira range of products contain natural ingredients for LowMood ReliefHormonal Balance, and Restful Sleep.

 

Sources

1 NHS

2 Britainthinks