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While the menopause and perimenopause can be a lonely and debilitating time, it doesn’t have to be. You’re not alone and thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to connect with others trying to navigate this tricky transition.

A problem shared really can be a problem halved and if you don’t feel like you can open up to your family or friends, there are loads of communities of perfect strangers out there who will just ‘get it’.

Packed with women sharing their personal stories and top tips, many also benefit from having experts drop in to offer their support too. They’re a great place to go whether you have a burning question about something weird going on with your body or just want to speak to like-minded people facing the same challenges you are.

We’ve broken these down into three tabs, forums, meet-ups, and social networks so you can find the right home for you.

A word of warning though – as with any advice shared by the public online, it’s worth doing your own research and seeking a second, expert opinion, unless it’s already from a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Forums and apps
Meet-ups
Social Networks

Forums. There’s loads of them on the web on every topic imaginable – including menopause. The ones below are well worth a look if you have a question, want to read about other’s experiences or share your own, and make new connections around the world. You can come up with a nickname if you want to stay anonymous and most are totally free to join.

HerSpirit

Want to get fitter with the help and support of like-minded women in a safe and supportive environment? HerSpirit is a community of women seeking healthier lifestyle solutions, flexible coaching support, structured training plans and online groups.

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.

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Live Better With

Visit their online forum for a safe way to share your thoughts, concerns and even ask qualified health professionals your burning questions. You can also share tips, advice and knowledge with their supportive online community.

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Menopause Chit Chat

This forum was designed to be a space where women could feel comfortable asking questions, access information and share their stories. They have around 10,000 members from all over the globe, with threads on everything from managing symptoms and staying positive during menopause to postmenopausal advice.

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Menopause Matters

This well-known online group discusses all things menopause. From advice on menopausal sex to the highs and lows of HRT – even the funny side of menopause. There’s tons of posts and topics from hundreds of users so you’re bound to find threads and new friends to relate to.

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Perry

If you prefer to use your smartphone, you might want to check out Perry – a free app that makes it easy for you to meet other “warriors” in perimenopause and menopause. Joining their sisterhood gives you access to topic groups, as well as expert advice and knowledge, Available to download on Android and Apple.

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The internet can be a wonderful tool for connecting us, but sometimes there’s nothing better than a cuppa and a chinwag. Thanks to COVID, many of these are virtual video calls at the moment but we can’t wait to get back together later this year. Check out our Events section where you can find a list of both online and in-person events too.

Menopause Café

If you like tea, coffee, cake (or all three) and are up for sharing your menopause experiences, whether you’re going through it or supporting someone who is, then the Menopause Café could be just the ticket. These pop-up sessions take place around the world and you can even create your own local event, inviting women from your community. (Things are virtual at the minute due to the C-word).

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Midlife Women Rock Cafe

You can join this free monthly Zoom event hosted by the founder of the Midlife Women Rock Project, Breeda Bermingham. Breeda believes that problems that are not seen can’t be solved so set up the meet-ups as a comfortable space for like-minded women to have open conversations about menopause. Simply drop Breeda an email to join.

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If social media is your thing, then there are some great online communities on Facebook which are free to join and mean you can create new connections and share your stories in just a few clicks.

Harmoniousher

If you’re looking for advice and support with your menopause in the UAE, then check out Harmoniousher. Created by Abu Dhabi-based Third Age Menopause Coach Donna Howarth, this online community is a safe place for women to have open discussions. You can follow them on Instagram too. She’s also behind the awareness campaign, #MenopauseMattersUAE, calling for change and more awareness of the menopause for all women living in the UAE.

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Harley Street at Home: Menopause

Created by dietitian Nigel Denby this private group is for those interested in perimenopause, menopause and hormone health in general. Women, their loved ones and health practitioners are all welcome. This group frequently hosts Facebook Live shows with experts taking members’ questions.

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MenoSisters: Menopause Support Group

With a whopping 8,000+ members, this group has taken on a life of its own. There’s a real sense of sisterhood, with women sharing the highs and lows of their menopause journey. Set up by MenoHealth, you’ll also find top tips and product recommendations to help you navigate your way through the change.

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The Irish Menopause

Want help from your fellow Ireland-ers? Check out this friendly Facebook page from Sallyanne Brady. On a mission to help more women have a better menopause journey, Sallyanne’s page offers impartial advice for those in perimenopause, menopause or looking for guidance around hormone-related issues in general.

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The Latte Lounge

The Latte Lounge is a welcoming virtual hub where you’ll find oodles of support and a real sense of community. It’s somewhere women in midlife can chat, ask questions, share tips and advice, stories and news. Sign up to keep up-to-date with all the latest conversations and check out their website too for great blogs, a business directory, discounts, offers and even a jobs board!

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The Menopause Support Network

Set up by Diane Danzebrink of Menopause Support, this page boasts over 17,000 members discussing all things menopause. Members are asked to respect the confidentiality of anyone who posts here, and to show kindness, compassion and respect. It’s a safe community where women can help one another through this stage in their lives.

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