Why don’t we talk about menopause?

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The story of menopause starts with the story of menstruation.

We don’t talk about menopause because we don’t talk about menstruation, and we don’t talk about menstruation, because no one taught us how to.

Fiona Catchpowle, The Menopause School

Lack of knowledge about menstrual health, and how to manage it in terms of overall health, has been absent from educating females about health and well-being, at any touch point in their lives whether that be via formal education or during health care check-ups.

As such a female arrives at the point of perimenopause, a well-known shift in hormone physiology, ill-informed and unable to make sense of what is happening to their mind and body.

Currently, during Key Stage 2 science education, periods are framed in terms of reproduction and fertility rather than menstrual health (even menopause is also known as reproductive senescence). Menstrual well-being has been placed on the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum since 2020, but is only covered briefly with regard to relationships and mental health.

Menopause does not just happen. Periods start and periods stop. In that respect, menopause is not complicated. However, the bigger picture of this well-known fact of our human biology is yet to be given the full consideration it deserves.

Starting the story of menopause with menstrual health adds relevant and meaningful context, and triggers an interest in the biology of The Change, which then empowers people with knowledge from which they can make an informed choice. To demonstrate how effective this is, before you get started on the learning I invite you to read a message received from an attendee of a recent Story of Menopause awareness session shown on the screen below. 

The following lessons outline the prequel of the Story of Menopause and the live workshop will enable you to become the storyteller of the journey from periods to perimenopause, and beyond.