Why a ‘Puberty Talk’ is Needed for Menopause
Do you remember being given ‘the talk’ as a young girl? It probably took place while you were at school, or perhaps your mum or an older sister or auntie told you about the changes to expect in your body over the next few years.
You were most likely told about periods, that you’d develop breasts and body hair, and that your emotions could be all over the place too.
But fast forward several decades, and take a moment to think about whether anyone told you what kind of changes to expect to your body during menopause. You might have known to expect hot flushes and mood swings, but what about the other symptoms of menopause, which can include everything from fatigue to itchy skin and from bloating to vaginal dryness?
A taboo still surrounds talking about menopause, but this shouldn’t be the case, as it is something that affects all women. With this in mind, an opinion piece was published in the New York Times this week calling for a menopause version of ‘the talk’ to be given to women much earlier on in their lives than they currently tend to receive information on this natural transition.
Why a Menopause Version of ‘The Talk’ is Needed
In the article, writer Lisa Selin Davis stated: “We need to have ‘the talk’, but for 45-year-olds. Doctors should speak to their patients about the changes that could lie ahead and how to prepare for them.
“And we perimenopausal women need to talk to one another, and the rest of the world, about what’s happening.”
She added that menopause symptoms can end up being surprising and unexpectedly uncomfortable for women, partly because they don’t know what to expect.
Therefore, educating women about the natural changes that will happen to them as the oestrogen levels in their body begin to decline could allow them to start managing their symptoms earlier on, with a menopause supplement such as Femarelle® Rejuvenate, which is designed to be taken from their 40s onwards.
What’s more, having a menopause version of ‘the talk’ at an early age could help younger girls - and boys if ‘the talk’ was extended to them as well - to understand why older relatives may seem moodier or more tired, for example.
It would also put women in a better position to explain what’s happening to their partners and families in the future to further increase menopause awareness, which could help to break the taboo for the next generation as a result.
What Should ‘The Talk’ for Menopause Include?
The New York Times article pointed out that this proposed new version of ‘the talk’ wouldn’t have to be all negative, as it could highlight changes such as the fact that many women learn to prioritise the things that are most important at this stage of their lives, and no longer worry quite so much about what other people think.
But at the same time, women should be educated about the symptoms of menopause and how they can manage them, with options covering natural alternatives such as menopause supplements too.
Teaching women how they can talk to other people about menopause should also form part of ‘the talk’, to further increase understanding and to help break the taboo that remains around the topic.
In addition, it’s important for women to know that they may need to change the supplements they use as they transition from perimenopause to menopause and post-menopause. Femarelle® has options for each of these stages. Shop the range here.