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BREAKING THE TABOO

This page is dedicated to the ambassadors, campaigners, charities and champions doing amazing things to break the taboo of menopause.

There’s so much hard work going on to help more people understand the menopause and recognise symptoms earlier, meaning ultimately more women will get the help and support they need to thrive during this time.

Whether they’re responsible for running a site, or shouting about it on social media, the following individuals and groups have one thing in common – they’re all doing it in their own unique and authentic way.

Our Champions page is here to say ‘thank you’ to them for helping start the conversation.

Behind The Woman

Angela Hindhaugh is the founder of Behind The Woman and runs the ongoing campaign #changethefaceofmenopause on social media where menopausal women of all ages are invited to send in their picture to challenge the visual stereotypes of menopause. Hundreds have already taken part and we hope more will going forward.

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Catherine O’Keeffe

Ireland’s first menopause coach and Wellness Warrior, Catherine O'Keeffe, is founder of the The M Word – Ireland's annual conference on the menopause. She’s also the Irish representative for the Daisy Network and has promoted menopause awareness through talks at Royal Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Savour Kilkenny, and not to mention numerous workplaces. Catherine is a regular on radio and media in Ireland and is behind the hashtag #makemenopausematterireland.

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Daisy Network

Daisy Network was created to support women who enter the menopause early due to Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). Their incredible support network is available for women and their families who experience this stage of their lives earlier than normal.

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Dr Nighat Arif

From incredible TikTok videos to campaigns on social media to TV appearances (like this one on BBC Breakfast), Dr Nighat Arif is a true ambassador for BAME women experiencing menopause. Our link takes you to her Twitter page where she shares what she’s up to, but if you’re not on there, you can find her on Instagram too.

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DIANE DANZEBRINK

Diane, a psychotherapist and menopause expert, is the driving force behind the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign and Menopause Support.

Seeking change in the way society talks and educates about menopause, the campaign aims to improve education amongst GPs, raise awareness within the workplace and introduce the topic into the school curriculum. If you haven’t already joined the other 100,000 supporters of Diane’s petition, there’s no time like the present.

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DR LOUISE NEWSON

Dr Louise Newson, a GP and menopause specialist, is on a mission to educate healthcare providers, women and organisations on all things menopause, and runs My Menopause Doctor.

She provides the latest medical information through free booklets, blogs, social media and operates Newson Health centres across the UK. Her Balance app is due to launch this year, and will enable users to track symptoms, share experiences and get expert advice. We love Dr Newson for encouraging doctors to learn more about their menopausal patients.

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Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE

BBC Radio 2’s resident doctor (and a frequent guest on major TV shows) is a specialist on women’s health and has co-written beauty brand Avon’s Menopause TLI (Too Little Information) report – packed with statistics from speaking to women across the globe.

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HENPICKED

Packed with information for women over 40, Henpicked offers top tips and life stories of wisdom and happiness, health, wealth and all things menopause. They also offer a CPD-accredited menopause training programme and run events for businesses and organisations.

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HOT FLUSH
CLUB

Celebrating and embracing the menopause, Hot Flush Club is a lifestyle forum for women on that journey. Their site aims to develop a supportive female collective, with visitors able to share their own stories and experiences to help others relate and learn.

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Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy is a veteran radio presenter on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland and has been hailed a hero for dedicating a portion of his liveline show to discuss the menopause.

The show had such an overwhelming response in terms of phone-ins and social media support that he made it a regular feature. The broadcaster now takes calls from his listeners to discuss their personal experiences, waving light on this taboo topic and bringing to peoples’ attention. Wherever you are in the world, they’re all available online to listen to.

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Karen
Arthur

The fashion designer, educator and founder of Reddskin has become an advocate for black women in the menopause, recently running a survey on their experiences. She’s spoken frankly about her own journey in this half-hour Period Story podcast and wants to encourage others to embrace aging.

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LET’S TALK MENOPAUSE

Ruth Devlin is passionate about raising awareness and providing accurate information on the menopause. That’s why she set up Let's Talk Menopause, is an active public speaker on the issue, runs workshops and even published a book titled Men, Let’s Talk Menopause.

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Liz Earle MBE

You might have heard of Liz Earle’s award-winning skincare range, but she’s also a true menopause champion. Through her website, she provides advice on living well – from nutritious recipes to beauty tips, wellness updates to seasonal health specials, even sustainability and environmental concerns. Then there’s her Wellbeing magazine, available digitally and in print, and of course her book about the menopause, plus podcasts and products to help women experiencing it.

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Maryon Stewart

Maryon is a world-renowned healthcare expert who’s created a drug-free programme to alleviate menopause symptoms. A pioneer of the Natural Menopause Movement and named as one of 50 most inspirational women in the UK, she’s also written 27 self-help books, co-authored on medical papers, had work featured in newspapers and magazines and had her own TV and radio shows.

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MEG MATHEWS

Meg was one of the first celebrities to speak publicly and openly about her personal menopause journey via Meg’s Menopause. 

Shocked at the lack of support and understanding shown to women during this time of their lives, Meg has made it her mission to break the stigma around the menopause. She now has her own platform, products and books and is an active speaker in the press and online.

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MENO
& ME

Jane Dowling is a health professional and clinical exercise specialist, and set up Meno & Me to build a community for women in menopause. On her site you can find advice on exercise, nutrition, painful joints and fitness, all designed to ‘get your Fabulous back’.

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M POWERED
WOMEN

Saska Graville, former deputy editor of Red, has co-founded this magazine-style site, which takes a fresh approach to the menopause. MPowered Women is an online community of doctors, wellbeing experts and inspiring females to help power you through menopause.

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Menopause Matters

This award-winning, independent website and magazine provides accurate, up-to-date info on menopause, symptoms and treatment.

It was founded by Dr Heather Currie, a specialist gynaecologist. A former Chair and Trustee of British Menopause Society until 2002, we think she’s probably one of the first champions to raise awareness.

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Pausitivity

Elizabeth Carr-Ellis and Clare Shepherd are on a mission to get their #KnowYourMenopause poster on the wall of every GP surgery, library, gym and public place you can think of, to raise awareness across all communities and genders.

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PERIMENOPAUSE HUB

With the aim to raise awareness and offer support to women experiencing perimenopause, this site offers great advice on how to track your cycle, how to get the best from your doctor appointments as well as nutritional advice.

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Rock My Menopause

This public-facing campaign wants to normalise conversations on menopause, give women the confidence to speak openly and educate healthcare professionals. They even started a social media #Menovist movement to break the taboo so women don’t suffer in silence.

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The Menopausal Mayhem Mothers

Founder Emma Skeates is a breath of fresh air with her laugh-out-loud, self-deprecating humour on all things middle-age and menopause. She shares her hilarious experiences to shine a light on the doom and gloom of the menopause. Check out her Facebook page for weekly live videos (warning, they’re not for the faint hearted) and her website for inspiring blogs, videos and menopausal gifts and merchandise you won’t find on the high street. Keep making us all laugh, Emma.

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Women in Sport

This charity was founded in 1984 to give women the opportunity to experience the rewards of sport. They’re using the £100k they received from the People’s Postcode Lottery to fund menopause projects, after recognising that women in midlife are often overlooked when it comes to physical activity.

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