CB: What advice would you give to women of colour who are worried about the perimenopause/menopause?
Women today feel proud of everything that their bodies have achieved, so it’s important they feel comfortable speaking about any concerns or changes that are troubling them. Often when I am speaking with faith groups and within the Black community, I notice that women are happy to talk about the menopause within this environment.
Empower yourself - talk to your GP about your symptoms and seek out community education from reliable sources like My Menopause Centre where you can read about menopause and the treatment options available.
But it’s not just on women to do the work - developing a culture of empathy, understanding and support around the menopause works both ways in friendships, families and within our culture. Feeling accepted and listened to by a partner, family, friends or a colleague can create powerful change.
Knowledge is power, and there are all sorts of things you can do to manage this period of life, not just with medicine, but with your whole lifestyle. Then there’s (the knowledge you need about) hormone treatments you can have and, also, about the non-hormonal treatments available for those who don’t want hormone treatments. It’s about finding the right support wherever you are on this journey because every woman is an individual. But the most important thing is to start talking about the menopause.
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