When I entered the perimenopause, I felt neither prepared nor well-informed. Of course, I knew about ‘the change’ and hot flushes, but little else. Fortunately, things have improved in just a few short years, and women are now entering this transitional phase of life with more support than ever. Navigating perimenopause can be a challenging time, so seeking advice and support is vital.
We’re nearing the end of Menopause Awareness Month in the UK, a month dedicated to promoting understanding and support for menopause-related issues. This year, more than ever, the menopause is in the news, and information is easily accessible. Menopause Awareness Month aims to break the stigma surrounding menopause, encouraging open discussions about its physical, emotional, and psychological effects. This year, the spotlight is on boosting awareness of the menopause and cardiovascular health.
Feel free to ask me anything about my own experience, but keep in mind I’m not a menopause expert, just a perimenopausal woman. It’s important to reach out to a professional for support and advice. I hope this post helps steer you in the right direction so you can get the help you need quickly.
Where to find menopause support
My journey started on Instagram, where I sought out community with fellow perimenopausal women. I’ve been lucky enough to forge some wonderful connections and learned so much.
A few of my favourite menopause-focused accounts include:
Organisations Offering Support
There are numerous organisations offering advice, information and support, including:
- The Menopause Charity
- The British Menopause Society
- Menopause Support
- Menopause Café
- Balance by Newson Health
My go-to guides include:
- Meno Pause by Julie Court
- The M Word by Dr Philippa Kaye
- Hormone Repair Manual by Laura Biden
- The Natural Menopause Method by Karen Newby
Whilst I’m a huge fan of the connection the internet offers us, you can’t beat reaching for a trusty tome!
I’m a regular user of:
- Balance App by GP and menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson.
- Clue App, which is great for tracking my increasingly erratic cycles.
I’ve recently hopped on the podcast train, albeit a bit late, and I’ve already gained valuable insights from listening to podcasts like Liz Earle’s Wellbeing and The Menopause Doctor.
Where have you found support and guidance during the perimenopause and beyond? I’d love to know. If you’re entering the perimenopause, there has never been a better time; you’re in good hands!
Thank you for stopping by.
Take care and stay well,