Are you heading towards menopause with a sense of overwhelming dread? Why do we focus on all the negatives in relation to this important milestone in a woman’s life – rather than the positives?
After all, menopause means an end to spending money on sanitary products and contraceptives…an end to scheduling holidays and important life-events around your ‘due date’… and an end to worrying about falling pregnant. Surely that’s reason to celebrate?
We have interviewed many women on the topic of menopause over the past few years, including author and comedian Jean Kittson who was inspired to write a book about it.
“We need to remind women that symptoms relating to menopause will not last for the rest of our lives. Yes, some women will have several years of symptoms – but unlike our periods, menopause is not going to give us grief for 30 years. The symptoms pass, and then we are liberated!” Jean said.
“Our menstrual cycle is not an indication of our used-by-date. We shouldn’t carbon date ourselves according to our hormones because there are women who go through menopause in their thirties and they’re not old,” she said.
Menopause has become a topic of debate between alternative health practitioners, researchers and the medical profession. What’s the best way of treating symptoms? Are natural therapies just as effective as clinical treatments? How do we know what’s going to be the best option for our body? Is HRT the best approach?
In order to help you navigate your way through this challenging time in your life, the Balance community has teamed up with Olivia Newton John’s Gaia Retreat and Spa to offer an online course – covering everything from hot flushes, to sex after menopause.
Former Editor of Vogue Living, Robyn Holt, says we need to start seeing menopause as a ‘beginning’ of a new chapter in a woman’s life – rather than an ‘ending’.
“It’s another door that we pass through as women and we should be excited about what we are going to discover on the other side. Why do we focus on the negatives? It’s a tremendous turning point in our lives,” Robyn said.
Robyn also believes that internet communities like Balance are doing wonders when it comes to connecting women with information and support.
“We used to have to deal with these things privately. I think as divorce rates increase there is a new group of women in their 50s who are living alone and due to that isolation they are reaching out to each other online. We’re forming communities through Facebook and chat forums – sharing information and nurturing each other. It’s like we’ve come back to that idea of our ‘tribe’,” she said.
Author and comedian Kathy Lette encourages women to embrace menopause with an open mind and positive outlook.
“On the world stage all the women who are really impressive are post-menopause. The liberation of no longer menstruating, of no longer caring so much what people think of you because your testosterone has come up a bit, I’m finding that absolutely liberating and empowering,” Kathy said.
Balance is a community were you can find support, information, advice and a little humour on your journey through menopause.
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Balance by Deborah Hutton has put together an online learning program to break down the barriers and demystify menopause.
In this special online series of interviews, we explore the topics of physical changes, menopause therapies, the emotional and relationship changes, the personal experiences and wisdom of the renowned health healing and health spa, Gaia Retreat and Spa.