There are about 13 million women in the UK alone that are currently living with menopause. A few feel almost no symptoms but most most have a variety of conditions to endure. These can include hot flushes, memory loss, mood swings, lack of sleep, vaginal dryness, joint pains, palpitations caused by the drop in oestrogen.
Until recently, there was only sporadic conversation about this extraordinary transition in a woman's life. Now, there is a growing louder movement in Menopause Power – a name suggested by Kate Muir who recently wrote on the subject in the UK's Sunday Observer. She has also produced a documentary on Channel 4 called 'Davina McCall : sex, myths and menopause'. covering many relevant topics from vaginal dryness to the load of misinformation on the subject. It says Davina McCall, a leading UK television presenter, had her first hot flush at age 44. So there's also the nagging relative of the menopause – the perimenopause.
So it's time to look up, speak up and share.
Here are some current books and websites that can give you insight into what to expect and what to do about it:
• Everything you need to know about the Menopause (but were afraid to ask) by Kate Muir published later in 2021 by Simon& Schuster
• Dr. Louise Newson, Menopause specialist, www.menopausedoctor.co.uk
• Menopause: all you need to know in one concise manual by Dr. Louise Newson published by Haynes Publishing UK
• The Menopause Solution, Mayo Clinic by Stephanie S Faubion MD