Getting the right support and treatment for perimenopause and menopause symptoms, should be a basic human right, after all it affects every part of our health and wellbeing, as well as affecting every part of society.
Yet many of us are being failed, not just in the UK, but right across the world, due to a chronic lack of menopause education, information and awareness.
But, by working together there are steps we can all take to help influence change.
How this affected me
I have first-hand experience of why things need to change for menopause support. That's why five years ago I started talking online about my misdiagnosed depression, which was eventually diagnosed correctly as perimenopause.
Once I received the right diagnosis and treatment, I decided I would dedicate the rest of my career to ensuring that no other woman would ever have to waste good quality years of life like I had.
And so The Latte Lounge was born – a virtual coffee shop supporting and guiding all women going through the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and all your other midlife health and wellbeing concerns.
Along the way I have been lucky enough to connect with health care professionals and many other patient voice ‘menopause warriors’, all who have the same passion, and most who have experienced their own poorly managed and diagnosed peri/menopause journey.
Together we have all helped thousands of women to find the right support and treatment and yet, what frustrates me more than anything, is that five years on, we are all still receiving thousands and thousands more messages from women who are still struggling.
That’s why its so important that we all work together with one common goal – to ensure that all those going through the menopause are correctly diagnosed as soon as possible, and are given evidence based information, to make a joint informed decision about treatment options, so that they can get back to living life to the full.
How to get involved
If you'd like to join us, here's a few simply ways that you can get involved:
Share your story with policymakers
Here in the UK, Caroline Harris MP has created a Menopause APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group). This is a key step in influencing change and there will be a second reading of the Menopause Support and Services Bill in October.
The APPG is calling for everyone and anyone who has struggled with their peri/menopause care, to provide written evidence – I strongly urge you all to do so by emailing: Sarina@interelgroup.com by 30 Sept 2021.
Sign the #MakeMenopauseMatter petition
Diane Danzebrink's #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign is calling for all GPs to receive mandatory menopause training and for a mandatory menopause module to be taught at every medical school.
You can sign the petition here.
This lack of education and awareness is costing women their health and wellbeing, their careers and their relationships but it is also costing the NHS. Better education would result in quicker diagnosis, fewer GP appointments and onward referrals and huge time and money savings for the NHS.
Women also need to be better supported in the workplace. Studies show that women have very little support - some are forced to give up work altogether as a result of their symptoms.
Diane has been relentlessly campaigning for years and it has been my absolute pleasure to support her and the campaign, not just via our community, but also on many trips up to Westminster with her to meet with cross party MPs. In fact, as a result of this campaigning, the first aim of the campaign - to have menopause on the curriculum in schools - has already been achieved.
As well as signing the petition, you can also show your support by wearing a campaign t-shirt, or carrying a campaign bag too, both available to purchase here.
Help raise awareness and break the taboo
If you have a social media account such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok, you can help raise awareness of some of the great resources available for perimenopause and menopause that might help other women in need.
We often recommend these books and various websites (too many to list here) but some really good places to start would include:
The British Menopause Society educates, informs and guides healthcare professionals in all aspects of post reproductive health.
The Menopause Charity which aims to bust myths, overcome ignorance and make menopause symptoms history. Please do check out their newly launched website for more information.
Menopause Support a not for profit community interest company and the home of the national #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, both founded by Diane Danzebrink.
- And hopefully, you'll find our menopause resources here on The Latte Lounge useful and shareable too!
Make change in your workplace
So many of us end up leaving our jobs because our peri/menopause symptoms make it impossible to stay. Supporting, listening and understanding the issues, and making a few simple adjustments, can make all the difference when it comes to staff retention.
Why not speak to your workplace about organising a menopause awareness event for employees or arranging a coffee morning for anyone who needs support with perimenopause and menopause?
If you're not sure where to start, but want to help, then The Latte Lounge can help with workplace education, awareness and guidance. Find out more about what we offer here or drop us a line.
Take time for yourself
As well as accessing all of the free resources available to you on our website, and all of our fellow meno warriors websites, if you are still struggling to get the right support, you may like to join our next Menopause Lounge on July 29th - a small, private group zoom session where you can get all of your questions answered, with a menopause specialist. For more information, have a read here.
Join the revolution NOW!
Getting menopause support right is a no brainer - it will not only save our economy millions of pounds but it will also save millions of jobs, millions of marriages and millions of lives.
And so I leave you with Diane Danzebrink's rallying call, which quite simply states: "We must be the generation to #MakeMenopauseMatter"