Menopause is still taboo!
In this day and age with all the talk about women’s liberation and equality, I find many women still shy away from talking about menopause. Why? I get pushback from some women who do not react in a positive manner when they think and talk about menopause. They tell me “I’m not there yet”, or “It’s over, I dealt with it”, or “My mother never had menopause, I’m just like her, I won’t either”.
The fact is, every woman will go through menopause; fortunately for some, it will be an uneventful event, but for the majority this natural phase of life will bring challenges and sometimes even life-altering changes.
But women don’t discuss their experiences openly.
I am a registered pharmacist with over 20 years of professional experience in community pharmacy and drug information in Toronto.
I was in my mid 40s when I started experiencing perimenopause. I was irritable, impatient, and I was yelling at my kids (we always take it out on our loved ones). One day my older son asked me if I was bipolar. I wasn’t, but that made me seek help. Like most women, I started looking on the internet. With my training as a pharmacist I know what a science-based website is supposed to teach but most of what I found was marketing disguised as information. Eventually, I found the North American Menopause Society (NAMS*) and it helped me immensely. I realized I could, and wanted to, help other women with similar menopause experiences – I became a Certified Menopause Practitioner.
I founded MenopausED to educate and support women in midlife, especially during the menopause transition, to raise awareness about menopause, and to break the menopause taboo.
I have two grown up sons and I’m addicted to swimming and nature!