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Break the Menopause Stigma and Bring on the Support




Stigma and shame surrounding menopause and perimenopause is so outdated! It’s imperative that we educate ourselves and offer support to those undergoing or preparing for these changes so that we can grow and be a better society as a whole. Unfortunately, there remains a dearth of knowledge, research, and open discussion regarding perimenopause and menopause, which are fundamentally natural phases of life. Western societies, including United States culture, need to increase awareness and invest in research to understand the intricacies of these transitions better.


Looking to other cultures, such as Japan and Indigenous communities, provides valuable insights. In these cultures, post-menopausal women are revered as community leaders, possessing considerable wisdom, status, and influence. It's time to shift our cultural perceptions in a similar direction.


Furthermore, it's crucial for managers and companies to develop a deeper understanding of this transition, which affects nearly half, if not more, of their employees. Recognizing the significance of this life stage, many companies are beginning to implement menopause employee benefits and leave policies. Historically, the workplace has stigmatized menopause, leading to higher turnover rates and lower morale among affected employees. The lack of awareness, knowledge, and support often results in individuals leaving their jobs due to poor management and a sense of being undervalued.

It's essential to recognize that women, at every stage of life, are valuable assets to companies. Let's commit to supporting and embracing women throughout their professional journeys. Below are a few resources on perimenopause and menopause for further exploration.


Perimenopause and Menopause Resources


Managing and Supporting those going through Menopause:


Organizations:

Let’s Talk Menopause - non profit invested in changing the conversation around menopause

International Menopause Society - brings together leading experts to share knowledge. This site is for professionals and women

Women Living Better website for all things perimenopause and menopause

North American Menopause Society website for all things perimenopause and menopause


Books:

Estrogen Matters by Avrum Bluming, Carol Tavris

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause - by Jude Norsigian, Boston Women's Health Book Collective

Hot and Bothered by Jancee Dunn

Flash Count Diary by Darcy Steinke

Harper Collins 6 recommended Menopause books


Please reach out to Tiffany@LowtherCS.com or comment if you have any resources to add.


Lowther Counseling Services, www.LowtherCS.com, 2024

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