My guest on this episode is a well-known voice in the UK menopause community and a hero to many (though she'd be far too humble to accept the accolade I'm sure): Diane Danzebrink. Her campaign, #MakeMenopauseMatter has over 170,000 supporters at the latest count and she has been instrumental in changing the dialogue around menopause, and campaigning for better education - in schools, in workplaces, and yes, for our GPs too. She talks about how her own surgical menopause brought her to the darkest of places, and how her experience - and her rage at how many other women were suffering needlessly - led her to start the non-profit organisation Menopause Support from her kitchen table. We talk about how much has changed since she started out in 2015 as a lone (and often lonely) voice speaking out about her experience and campaigning for change, the recent successes, her plans for the future and what she hopes the menopause landscape will look like in 2027...
In this Episode, I chat to Elizabeth Joseph (@elizabethjosephnavigating on Instagram) about navigating perimenopause with humour, and a lot of trial and error via natural/alternative/complementary therapies and products aimed at menopausal midlifers. You name it, she's tried it so we don't have to, from cold water therapy to sound baths, mouth taping to EFT tapping, cacao ceremonies to RTT (rapid transformational therapy), Elizabeth writes with candour, dry wit and down to earth honesty about what has and hasn't worked for her symptoms. We also talk about how rubbish many of us are at prioritising ourselves and how that needs to change in midlife. There's also a lot of giggling and silliness, just in case you thought that all sounded terribly serious - enjoy!
Join me as I chat to Mona Smith, who overcame years of chronic back pain when she discovered powerlifting at the age of 50 - despite not being a 'gym person'. Not only did she start competing, but in the space of two years had managed to win her first Commonwealth medal. It was really heartening, and perhaps a little surprising, to hear about how inclusive and welcoming the powerlifting community has been. We also discuss the positive impact her strength training has had on her overall health, including menopause symptoms, and the need for women in midlife to think seriously about adding an element of strength training to help prevent conditions such as osteoporosis in later life.
The one is not to be missed! Join me as I chat to Kate Moryoussef about how she came to be diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 40, joining a 'Lost Generation' of women who were not diagnosed in childhood, but instead spent years believing they were somehow 'broken' or 'failing' because they were unable to do what other women seemed to do effortlessly. We talk about the damaging stories this causes women to carry around, and how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique - or 'tapping') can both help calm down the busy ADHD brain, and release that heavy baggage.
Such an inspiring Episode (lucky no 13!), I talk to Dr Mridula Pore, the CEO and co-founder of Peppy Health, a mobile app which aims to transform digital healthcare in the areas of infertility, pregnancy + early days of parenting, and most interestingly to us, menopause. We discuss how Peppy supports users, her journey to founding the company, how she sees health-tech democratising access to health care and support, and how apps like Peppy can help ensure that talented women don't drop out of the workforce at the peak of their careers.
Siobhan Daniels is a retired BBC journalist and pro-age campaigner, part of the retirement rebellion. Almost two years ago she gave away her non-essential possessions, bought a motorhome, and started her solo travels around the UK. Not long afterwards, the global pandemic hit, and her plans came to a dramatic halt. Now that she is 'on the road' again, I catch up with Siobhan to talk about why she decided to rebel against the stereotype of a quiet retirement of gardening and crosswords, what is was like surviving lockdown alone in a campervan, and how she picks the next spot on her almost-completely-unplanned route. We also cover positive aging, why we need to challenge ourselves as we age, and the book she is working on to inspire other women to take a chance and take on new challenges.
In this episode I chat to Emma Bardwell, registered nutritional therapist and co-author of The Perimenopause Solution, written with menopause specialist Dr Shahzadi Harper. The book is designed to be easily accessible, and evidence-based, with a really nice bullet point summary at the end of each chapter to refer back to, and a whole chapter helping the reader to 'eat to beat their symptoms'. We touch on topics such as why lack of oestrogen has such a wide-reaching impact on the body, and the effects of stress on perimenopause symptoms. Emma strongly recommends making small, incremental changes, to help support our bodies with positive nutrition.
Maybe midlife has you pondering a change of direction and you want to start something new? Or maybe your career path suddenly feels a bit...meh? Join me as I chat to career and confidence coach Ekua Cant, author of 'Be your No 1 Cheerleader', about how examining our values can help us dig into what we want, and how to build 'positive mental muscle'. We also discuss the need for women to shout about their successes and celebrate wins along the way - something I for one need to work on!
Join me as I chat to all-round awesome GP, Dr Beth Thomas, who also happens to be my sister-in law! We discuss how best to talk to your GP (and what to do if you feel that you're not getting anywhere); different types of HRT and risks vs protective benefits (especially regarding breast cancer); the difference between body identical and bio identical HRT; how to assess your osteoporosis risk; how and why your GP might prescribe testosterone; and why hormone testing is not helpful if you are over 45
Eliza Finch is having a bad day, scratch that, year. Her dog just died, her mojo is MIA, and her teenage daughter may have just live-streamed her menopausal meltdown to the whole internet...join me as I chat to novelist Fiona Walker, about her new novel 'Woman of a Certain Rage' as we cover the ups and downs of midlife menopausal mayhem, coming up for air 'on the other side' and the power of a good story - and a good (belly) laugh.