In advance of our upcoming seminar: Working with the Menopause in Therapy on Zoom on Monday 10th July 6pm – 9pm GMT with psychotherapist and menopause expert, Diane Danzebrink, we have put together a resource list to help support and educate ourselves and our clients.
The Importance of Understanding the Menopause in Clients
According to the United Nations (2019), out of the approximately 1.2 billion women aged 50 and above worldwide, nearly 477 million are believed to be going through menopause.
In the UK, it is estimated that around 13 million women are currently experiencing peri-menopause or menopause, which accounts for approximately one-third of the total female population in the country.
This significant number of women going through this life stage also affects their partners, children, friends, and work colleagues, highlighting the widespread impact of menopause in society. Here are some key facts about Menopause from NICE here in the UK:
As therapists, counsellors and healthcare workers it is imperative that we are also aware of the impact of menopause, both on those going through it, and on those around them. In many cases Menopause may not be the reason for seeking help, and may be an underlying factor in other presenting issues such as relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression and a loss of meaning.
The following resources are offered both for therapists and healthcare workers themselves to inform themselves, and also to provide signposts for clients.
Organisations and Charities
- Menopause Support: Menopause Support is a not for profit community interest company and the home of the national #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, both founded by Diane Danzebrink (and our upcoming speaker!). The website offers advice, support, and resources to women going through the menopause, and campaigns for better menopause care and awareness.
- The British Menopause Society (BMS): A charity dedicated to advancing education in all matters related to the menopause. They offer advice, courses, and host conferences.
- Women’s Health Concern: This charitable organisation provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women about their health concerns. They have a specific section dedicated to menopause.
- The Menopause Charity: Founded by Dr Louise Newson The Menopause Charity aims to help everyone understand perimenopause and menopause so no one needlessly suffers. They offer education, training and campaigning.
- Daisy Network: A UK charity dedicated to women who have experienced premature menopause.
- Menopause Cafe: Menopause Cafe is a charity, running pop-up events worldwide, where people drink tea, eat cake and talk about the menopause.
Websites and Blogs
- Menopause Matters: An independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms, and treatment options.
- Red School: They offer a range of online courses, workshops, and a blog aimed at teaching women how to harness the power of their menstrual cycle for greater well-being and personal development. They also have resources related to menopause.
- Rock My Menopause: Rock My Menopause is a campaign to stamp out the taboo and prejudice around menopause, providing information, resources and factsheets about the menopause.
Books and Booklets
- “Understanding Menopause” from Menopause Support. This charitable organisation has launched an excellent 44 page FREE guidance booklet “Understanding Menopause” to support women to better understand and navigate Menopause. You can download for free here.
- “Menopause: The One-Stop Guide” by Kathy Abernethy: A book that provides practical advice on dealing with the menopause, written by the former chair of the British Menopause Society.
- “The Wisdom of Menopause” by Dr. Christiane Northrup: Dr. Northrup’s work is highly respected globally and provides a comprehensive look at menopause.
- “Confessions of a Menopausal Woman” by Andrea McLean: A Sunday Times bestseller, this book provides an honest account of menopause from the perspective of a well-known TV presenter.
- “Second Spring: The self-care guide to menopause” by Kate Codrington: described as ‘The ‘Artists Way’ of the menopause’, this book offers a new vision for menopause, mapping the psychological phases and showing how this period of life can be a time of personal growth. It includes a wealth of practical self-care practices to help soothe and manage symptoms.
Smart Phone Menopause Apps
- Balance by Dr. Louise Newson: An app designed to help women understand and manage their menopause and perimenopause, providing articles, videos, and interviews. There are also personal symptom tracking features.
- Perry Menopause App: Perry is an app specifically designed for women experiencing perimenopause and menopause. It provides tailored educational content, symptom tracking, and wellness strategies to help manage and understand menopause. The app also includes community support features, connecting users with other women going through similar experiences.
- Clue: While not specifically focused on menopause, Clue helps women track their menstrual cycle and symptoms, which can be helpful during perimenopause when periods can become irregular.
- The Dr Louise Newson Podcast: A podcast dedicated to discussing all aspects of the menopause and perimenopause. Dr. Louise Newson, also known as the ‘Menopause Doctor’, is a highly experienced GP and menopause specialist. In each episode, she talks with various guests, from medical professionals to patients, about different menopause-related topics.
- The Happy Menopause: Award-winning nutritionist and author Jackie Lynch takes listeners on a journey through midlife to learn how diet and lifestyle can help you take control of your menopause symptoms.
- The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan: Gabby Logan explores what it means to be at the halfway stage of life. She talks candidly to well-known faces about their own midlife challenges and expectations, drawing on the advice of experts from sleep gurus, nutritionists, and doctors specialising on hormone treatment.
- Menopause Whilst Black: Hosted by Karen Arthur, this podcast explores the experience of menopause from the specific perspective of Black women.
- Life An Inside Job: This podcast by Kate Coddrington (author of Second Spring) includes conversations with a wide range of guests exploring midlife transition and menopause.
- menopause unmuted: Hosted by Dr. Mary Jane Minkin this podcast includes first-hand experiences of women going through this life stage. Each episode shares deeply personal accounts of the different emotional and physical symptoms experienced.
- Menopause and Cancer: This Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.
- Better, Live More: “Everything You Need To Know About Menopause with Professor Annice Mukherjee”: This episode of Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More Podcast, provides a comprehensive guide for all things menopause related including exploring why not all women experience menopause symptoms, the impact of stress and other lifestyle behaviours on symptoms and the Pros and Cons of HRT.
- Understanding Menopause for Partners. This article written by Diane Danzebrinkfrom Menopause Support provides a useful guide for partners of those currently going through the menopause addressing the often difficult changes that happen within relationships.
- “Men… Let’s Talk Menopause: What’s going on and what you can do about it” by Ruth Devlin. This book has been written specifically for men to help them better understand menopause and what is going on for the women in their lives.
LGBTQ+ & Menopause
- LGBTQ+ & Menopause: When people talk about menopause, it’s assumed that only cis women experience it. But that’s not the case at all. Even those who identify as LGBTQ+ can experience the same. With the government estimating 200,000 to 500,000 trans people in the UK, it’s expected that those who would undergo gender confirmation treatment will continue to rise dramatically, as it had since 2016.
- QUEER / LGBTQIA+ Menopause: A website with an extensive number of targeted resources for the Queer / LGBTQIA+ community including websites, books, media links and organisations.
- How do Hormonal Changes Affect the Trans and Non-binary Community?: Significant hormonal changes such as those experienced in menopause can affect a much wider community than many of us realise and it is important that employers are aware. This article highlights the need for greater awareness for the experiences of the Trans and Non-binary community.
Want to find out more and learn how to best support your clients? Join us at our upcoming evening seminar: Working with the Menopause in Therapy with psychotherapist and leading UK menopause expert, Diane Danzebrink, via Zoom on Monday 10th July 6pm – 9pm GMT.
This comprehensive three-hour session will provide an ideal introduction to understanding the various aspects of menopause, including its definition, timing, causes, and practical strategies for managing the transition. It will equip therapists, counsellors and healthcare workers on how to best support their clients going through this stage and emphasises the importance of self-care for everyone, including therapists, who may also face menopause in their own lives.
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