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Me & My Menopausal Vagina

Me & My Menopausal Vagina

I’ve read MANY books on menopause. Some are great and some not so much… I run a support group called Women’s Wisdom on Facebook which you are more than welcome to join by clicking here. Jane Lewes, who is in this group, approached me to ask if she could talk about the support group she runs for women experiencing vaginal atrophy. You can find a link to that group here. Of course, I agreed because it’s not my area of expertise and I love to share resources to help my community. Jane is doing AMAZING work at bringing the VA conversation out into the open. For some reason, women get squeamish talking about vaginas. Like menopause its another taboo. We all have one and I think we should all get to know it better. Do you know what your’s look like? Anyway, not only is Jane doing great work with her support group she has written an excellent book all about her journey. I have to say I’m a little envious of the book as it’s written in just the way I would like to write a book. She is honest, open and vulnerable about sharing EVERYTHING about the awful journey she has had with VA. BUT she does it in a way that is easy to read and full of empathy and humour. She has written the book so that you feel you are having a conversation with her. I’ve learned much more about VA and all the different ways it can devastate a woman’s life. I’m lucky enough not to have suffered from VA during the menopause but I have experienced the...
Keeping Your Cool In Bed

Keeping Your Cool In Bed

I am often approached by companies asking me to review products on my blog. I turn the majority down as I will only review something that is a ‘good fit’ with me and my philosophies around women’s health. A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would review DermaTherapy bedding. Now, this got my attention because I LOVE good quality bedding AND I know how vital getting good quality sleep is for us. I am blessed because I usually get a solid eight hours a night. My sleep quality and quantity is non-negotiable! I’ve learned the hard way that sacrificing my sleep means my mood is lowered, my energy is crap, I crave high energy foods and I generally feel ‘meh’. Night Sweats and Night-time munchies This wasn’t the case when I was going through the menopause transition and I would wake up drenched in sweat and then start shivering with cold. When the sweats eventually stopped I would have nights where I would be wide awake at 3am and unable to get back to sleep. I finally figured out that if I ate something (usually a small bowl of cereal) I would fall back asleep more easily. This was before I know what I know about nutrition and with hindsight, I realise I had major blood glucose fluctuations and this was what was waking me up. How to get a better night’s sleep This means that I have designed through trial and error a ritual that ensures I get the best sleep and feel rested and have allowed my body to repair and recover. In bed by 10pm and do...
World Menopause Day 2018

World Menopause Day 2018

What does World Menopause mean to you? Do we need a world menopause day? Yes and No! Yes, we need more awareness, more deep and honest conversations around mid-life and menopause. No,  we shouldn’t have to have a yearly reminder about a natural part of a women’s life. Is there a pregnancy and puberty day? There probably is…;-) Let’s have these conversations EVERY DAY. By being brave, honest and vulnerable we create connection and community with each other. Let’s learn to listen to each other and SUPPORT each other. Midlife and menopause is a time of change, transition and transformation. Our bodies change, we are ageing whether you like it or not 😉 In the western world, the majority of women have symptoms (around 75%) but remember MANY don’t so don’t assume that menopause is a rubbish experience for all women. In many parts of the world, women have a very different experience of menopause. Some countries don’t even have a word for menopause. I think menopause needs rebranding and a new strapline! Change begins from changing our mindset and being willing to see with new eyes. As our life expectancy lengthens we are the first generations to live well beyond the menopause. Our body just hasn’t evolved and hasn’t got a clue about what it’s supposed to do with the extra 40 years post menopause. So while our bodies catch up let’s look after ourselves and each other. It is possible to thrive as we get older. Set some strong foundations with what you eat and drink, how you move daily, how much connection and fun and laughter you have. I know it’s rubbish...
Peri-menopause – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Peri-menopause – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I’m excited to say that I’ve finally pulled my finger out and put on another talk. The talk is going to be relaxed, informal and informative. I’ll talk a bit about what the hell happens to the female body during the peri-menopause years (the exciting, eventful time before you have your final period!) I’ll throw around some suggestions that you can use to prevent, reduce or even eliminate the negative symptoms. We’ll even talk about the positive side to being a woman in our mid-life and how we can discover a new mindset. During this time you can drink wine/coffee/eat nibbles etc. before we open up the room for discussion and a Q+A type thingy. Anything goes….. it’s time to have a frank and honest discussion (talking is optional, you can just listen ;-)) Save the date Date: Monday 15th October 2018 Time: 8-10pm Venue: Cafe Rouge – Haywards Heath (in the upstairs function room) 33 The Broadway Haywards Heath RH16 3AS Price: £15 How to book tickets: Eventbrite Booking...
What is menopause and midlife really about?

What is menopause and midlife really about?

Something happens around menopause and mid-life. A shift, a change in perspective, an awakening, a realisation…. Our mind, body, and spirit start to shout. We’ve ignored this voice for all these years. We’ve been too busy. Busy with growing family’s and/or careers.  Too busy doing ‘stuff’. Too busy to listen to that voice, the voice that whispers in the dark “is this it?” The childlike voice that screams in tantrum ‘it’s not fair, what about me?” We hit our late 40s and early 50s and we start hitting those bigger birthdays. As we dance through the decades faster and faster we can see the last curtain call is scarily closer than seems possible. Our mortality becomes more tangible. We begin to lose friends and family along the way as they transition to another place. Every loss makes us think “shit! I’m running out of time”. It reminds us of our fragility. But even the loss of a loved one isn’t enough to take action and to live life more fully. Sure the initial shock makes us listen, question and look briefly at our own existence. But as time marches on we slip back comfortably into our uncomfortable lives. It’s not that we have a bad life and sure, we’re grateful for what we have (are we?). But “what’s next?” our inner self-asks?   For me, the blessing of aging, maturing (?) and gaining life experience is that I don’t give so much of a shit (oh I still have doubts and wobbles). I care less what people think and I’ve come to realise what is important. I’ve learned to...

My second Menopause

I know, I know….one menopause is enough right? The last six months have been a massive struggle for me. It felt like my world came crashing down. Depression Anxiety Zero energy Apathetic Sluggish and lethargic On some days it was a struggle to get out of bed. I’d given up…..I quit! Life seemed bleak. I felt so lonely. I had brief glimpses of feeling better only to feel a day later like I was being sucked into a black hole. I didn’t want to speak to anyone, see my friends or connect with the others. Gah! But this felt familiar…..I knew these signs……I had felt like this and worse 8 years ago when I was going through an early menopause. I knew my hormones were talking to me! I also had other ‘stuff’ going on like my ongoing gut issues. I know my gut is fundamental to my overall wellbeing. I knew what I should be doing and what I would recommend to a client with the same gut stuff. But I the thought of planning and cooking meals was so overwhelming that I didn’t do it. It almost sounds ridiculous to write. Every decision felt too much. I was full of self-doubt and had lost any connection with myself and my intuition. I was so exhausted that I couldn’t exercise apart from walk the dog. And exercise always makes me feel better. I felt hopeless and lost. I was a walking bag of excuses…..I felt like I had failed. My inner dialogue as awful. Those mind monkeys weren’t just chattering they were screaming! I felt like I was losing my...

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A message from Tanith
Founder, Mrs Menopause
Your forties are a time of change, I’m sure I read once that’s when the fun starts. The body changes and you cannot stop it. I want to help you accept it and embrace it…..cellulite, flabby bits and all!

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