Breaking the taboo
GenM regard you all as champions of the menopause, and champions of change. There’s so much hard work going on to help more people understand the menopause and recognise the 48 associated symptoms earlier, so more women can get the support they need to thrive during this pivotal time in their lives.
Whether they’re responsible for running the site or shouting about the menopause on social media, the following individuals and groups all have one thing in common – they’re helping to improve the menopause experience and normalise the conversation.
GenM applaud, salute and totally support everything you’re doing.
No one person alone can drive real change for ‘the change’. But together we can, and we will.
Collectively, we are a voice too loud to ignore.
Behind The Women
Angela Hindhaugh, founder of Behind The Woman, runs the ongoing #ChangeTheFaceOfMenopause campaign across social media.
The campaign invites menopausal women of all ages to upload pictures of themselves to challenge the visual stereotypes of menopausal women.
Behind The Women
Catherine O’Keeffe is Ireland’s first menopause coach and Wellness Warrior. She’s also the founder of The M Word - Ireland’s annual conference on all things menopause - and the Irish representative for Daisy Network.
Catherine has promoted menopause awareness through talks at Royal Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Savour Kilkenny and numerous workplaces around the country. She’s a regular on the radio on in Irish media. She’s also the woman behind #MakeMenopauseMatterIreland.
Daisy Network was created to support women who enter the menopause early due to Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). Their increasable support network is available for women and their families who experience this stage of their lives earlier than expected.
Davina has been a phenomenal champion of menopause this last year with her ground breaking documentary where she teamed up with Channel 4 to challenge our reluctance to talk about the menopause, in Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause.
It’s a midlife taboo that can destroy women’s jobs and relationships thanks to the lack of understanding and misinformation that still exists.
Underpinned with the personal stories of women from a variety of backgrounds who have lived through everything the menopause has thrown at them, Davina’s Channel 4 film sparks a candid conversation about the subject and investigates the science that adds to our understanding of the menopause and its impact on women’s health.
She describes her own menopause journey, busting the myths surrounding the transition, and dispelling the shame and fear around hormone replacement therapy.
A real worthy champion - keep doing what you are doing Davina!
Diane Danzebrink is a psychotherapist and menopause expert. She’s also the driving force behind the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign and Menopause Support Network.
The campaign aims to improve education amongst GPs, raise awareness within the workplace, and introduce the topic into the school curriculum – all to seek change in the way society talks and teaches about the menopause.
Dr Clare Spencer
Registered menopause specialist, GP and co-founder of My Menopause Centre.
Dr Clare is a registered menopause specialist and an NHS GP. As well as her role of Clinical Director at My Menopause Centre, she currently runs an NHS menopause service and is a GP partner in a practice in Leeds. She is also a British Menopause Society menopause trainer and is involved in educating GPs about the menopause transition through talks, lectures and seminars. She wrote the menopause training module for doctors.net and has written for the Primary Care Women’s Health forum publication, Her Life Her Health on a variety of menopause-related topics.
Dr Clare Spencer
Dr Nighat Arif
Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE
Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE is BBC Radio 2’s resident doctor, a frequent guest on major TV shows, and a specialist in women’s health. She also co-wrote the Menopause TLI (Too Little Information) Report for the beauty brand, Avon, which is packed with startling statistics having spoken to menopausal women across the globe.
Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE
Co-founder of My Menopause Centre.
Helen is on a mission to raise awareness of menopause and help empower women with the knowledge they need to embrace this new chapter and thrive. Helen is particularly passionate about supporting women in the workplace and helping employers understand the benefits of having a positive menopause policy.
When Helen began her menopause transition, the symptoms she started to experience came as a surprise and she was very unprepared. One afternoon she found herself sitting on Clare’s sofa asking lots of questions. She left their conversation feeling very reassured but wondering why it was so difficult to find easy-to-understand, evidence-based information and advice on what she was experiencing and the different treatment options. And so the idea for My Menopause Centre was born.
Helen has held Chief Marketing Officer roles in a range of sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide. She has also worked in broadcast and telecoms regulation at Ofcom and in the mobile technology sector with Motorola. She’s currently a non-executive director of AIB.
Henpicked is a website packed with top tips, life stories of wisdom, health and happiness, and all things menopause. It also offers a CPD-accredited menopause training programme and runs events for businesses and organisations to help raise awareness and support menopausal women in the workplace.
HerSpirit is a community of women seeking healthier lifestyle solutions, flexible coaching support, structured training plans and online groups.
Want to get fitter with the help and support of like-minded women in a safe and supportive environment? Download the app (Android or Apple) to join a welcoming community and access a huge array of content including exercise classes. They’ve even partnered with My Menopause Centre, an online menopause clinic providing expert advice and support.
Joe Duffy is a veteran radio presenter on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland. He 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, shining a light on the menopause taboo and bringing it to peoples’ attention.