“Take control of your menopause…..don’t let it control you!”
Menopause is a topic that has been of incredible interest to me both personally, and professionally, for many years now. The ability to talk, suggest and support as an educated professional on the subject inspired me to get learning! As did Meg Matthews, Dr Newton and Alice Hart Davis who I follow religiously on Instagram because they bring a realness to an often-taboo subject that affects millions of women. Irrespective of your profession, culture, financial or celebrity status……we are all in the same boat with the menopause!
I have already been studying the topic intensively for the last 2 years to understand exactly how it affects women mentally, physically and socially. Why? My aesthetic patients are either peri, pre, menopausal or coming out the other side and naturally discuss their menopause with me during treatments so I wanted to be in a qualified position to advise ladies in two different capacities:
Firstly, I thought I could marry the principles of menopause and aesthetic treatments by undertaking my dissertation and modules to get a degree and be knowledgeable in subject. I am NOT trying to replace your GP or menopause specialist, it will simply be an informed, educated and qualified additional string to my bow when I treat you to talk about the whole you – skin, aesthetics, lifestyle, body, and your well-being.
Secondly, my goal is to return to the NHS as it is vastly underrepresented for females experiencing menopause, and needs more staff qualified in this realm. I’m hoping to expand my role within a G.P’s surgery as a practice nurse with a specialist interest in menopause treatments for menopause patients…. So, watch this space!
What do I think works? Whatever works for you works; it is as simple as that really.
HRT, Supplements, Alternative Therapies, Menopause Specialists, GP, Exercise, Counselling Groups, Talking, Read around it, Socialising – there is no one size fits all I’m afraid it’s what suits you and it’s often trial and error and you really aren’t alone ladies.
Please talk to each other, it feels liberating….