Over the last few years, particularly in the UK, a dramatic change has occurred with regards to the public discourse around perimenopause and menopause.
I’ve shared my concerns about this change in a blog post regarding the 2022 Channel 4 documentary on menopause, a blog post about the parliamentary activities on menopause, and in a YouTube video, where I offered a fresh perspective on the current discourse.
Although the UK is leading the way in subjecting women to the kind of misogynistic menopause messaging that was popular in the 1960s, there are early signs that similar messaging is spreading to other parts of the world.
Currently in the UK, menopause, a natural part of a woman's life-cycle, is being defined once more as a "hormone deficiency" and nothing else. Women are being encouraged to medicalize their menopause as standard practice and change their relationship with their own body to one of fear. Women are being told their natural fluctuation in hormones is the source of chronic disease, mental illness, and even the cause of suicide.
Just like in the 1960s, hormone treatments are being touted by certain doctors, celebrities and others, as the cure for just about every ailment a woman may be experiencing now and in the future, without solid scientific evidence to back up their claims. In addition, HRT has been promoted on TV in violation of existing advertising laws for medicines, without any official body seeming to care.
But this is all about to change because today, MenoClarity has been launched!
MenoClarity will provide evidence-based information about menopause without hype or scaremongering. This will offer a tremendous source of relief for any woman who has felt uncomfortable, lonely and even bullied by the current dominant narrative, which doesn't even attempt to recognize women who have chosen a more natural path through midlife change.
I am delighted to have been invited to join the MenoClarity team. MenoClarity brings together authors, doctors, broadcasters, journalists, professionals and academics concerned about the current trajectory of the menopause discourse. We seek to redress the balance and will be providing context to statistics and reviewing research results. When it comes to menopause we want everyone to be prepared not scared.
I look forward to sharing more about MenoClarity in the future. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the MenoClarity website which already contains some excellent articles breaking down the myths about menopause that are currently being promoted in the media.
I also encourage you to share the website far and wide, with your friends and family and on social media, because this is one way to create change for the better, for anyone going through midlife change now, and in the future.