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Whether you’ve got 10 minutes spare or a whole, luxurious hour to yourself, here’s the place to find quick reads, podcasts, blogs, vlogs and everything in between.

As the taboo of menopause is gradually eroded (we’re trying our hardest, promise), we believe there will be even more fabulous, groundbreaking content to delve into.

We’ll always be on the lookout for the very best resources to make your menopausal journey better today than it was yesterday. In the meantime, grab a cuppa and enjoy some of these gems.

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GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Although the menopause doesn’t feature as regularly as we’d like to see, the GH archive is worth a look, and this link takes you directly to the site’s menopause-specific content.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Andrea McClean’s discussion with her kids about the menopause
  • Improving your sex life
  • Incontinence and the menopause
  • Lorraine Kelly on dealing with menopausal anxiety
  • Nine things experts want you to know about the menopause
WE LIKE:
  • A great variety of article themes
  • Taboo topics covered honestly and openly
  • The site’s magazine style
WE LOVE:
  • Seeing celebrities talk frankly about their menopause experience
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KINDRA

Although you unfortunately can’t enjoy Kindra’s products if you live outside the US, you can still put your feet up and make the most of their relatable and inspiring blogs.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Addressing the hot (flash) pink elephant in the room
  • What’s going on with my vagina?
  • When alcohol and menopause converge
WE LIKE:
  • Content written by experts and real women experiencing it
  • Their no-holds-barred approach to talking about to menopause
  • ‘You’ve asked, we answered’ blogs
WE LOVE:
  • Their open-door, open-mind ethos
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MPOWERED WOMEN

A site with medical, wellbeing and beauty advice from leading experts, MPowered Women is a fresh, magazine-style site, totally different to anything else out there.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • All your mid-life health questions answered
  • The best beauty products
  • Sex and the Menopause video
  • The HRT alternatives worth trying
  • My Midlife Survival Kit from inspirational women
WE LIKE:
  • There Instagram Live sessions with both US and UK clinics
  • It’s magazine-y feel and positive social media feeds
  • Their no-nonsense approach to all things menopause
WE LOVE:
  • Their practical guide ‘Read this before you see your GP’. (No really, you should.)
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MY MENOPAUSE DOCTOR

Available to download as PDFs, these fact-packed booklets are designed for women and their loved ones who want to understand the perimenopause or menopause in more detail.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Menopause and cancer
  • Menopause and me
  • Menopause and the workplace
  • Premenstrual syndrome and menopause
WE LIKE:
  • Brought to you by Dr Louise Newson – a leader in women’s health
  • Easy-to-use resources to start discussions with loved ones
  • Factually written booklets explaining the science behind menopause
WE LOVE:
  • Booklets are free and can be downloadable to read at a time that suits you
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Rock My Menopause

Alongside their #Menovist campaign to normalise conversations about the menopause, this dream team have also created a brilliant resource section on their site with useful guides and factsheets.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
WE LIKE:
  • Information on everything from your pelvic floor muscles to HRT
  • Lovely designs make the content digestible
  • There are a few webinars in there too
WE LOVE:
  • All the factsheet can be downloaded as PDFs
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Lorraine: The Menopause & HRT

This 7-minute video sees Dr Louise Newson on Lorraine, clearing any confusion around menopause, HRT and blood clots. She answers viewers questions too and warns viewers about the volume of misleading information. They discuss:

  • How antidepressants are mistakenly prescribed by doctors for peri and menopausal symptoms including depression, low mood and anxiety
  • That you can start taking HRT before your periods stop – not a lot of women know this
  • How HRT can improve the health risks associated with menopause including osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, dementia and diabetes
WE LOVE:
  • Dr Newson’s advice on how to challenge doctors who are offering antidepressants – the NICE guidelines can help your GP tailor your treatment
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MY MENOPAUSE DOCTOR

Check out a selection of hour-long videos from doctors and experts discussing the ways women can manage the challenges of the menopause.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Early menopause and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) explained
  • Menopause and relationships
  • This subtitled video if you’re deaf or hard of hearing
  • This video translated into Punjabi about antidepressants and menopause
WE LIKE:
  • Hearing from world-renowned experts
  • It’s updated fairly regularly
  • Suitable for women and men
WE LOVE:
  • Getting the facts straight from the experts without the medical jargon
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The Menopausal Mayhem Mothers

Fed up with all the doom and gloom and negative press the M word brings? Want to manage your menopause with more positivity and embrace the changes? Check out The Menopausal Mayhem Mothers’ Facebook page and in particular the live stream and playback videos.

Run by Emma Skeates, a “mother battling the menopause, controlling two teenagers, marriage, a delinquent dog and life in general,” she’s not afraid to laugh at herself and all the things that happen to her daily as a result of the menopause. She’ll definitely make you smile in this Gogglebox-style approach of coping with the menopause.

WE LIKE:
  • Emma’s got over 200k followers and averages a whopping 5k views per video
  • She goes live on Facebook at least once a week and these are available for playback
  • She’s extremely candid in a laugh-out-loud way
WE LOVE:
  • Every serious issue has to have a brighter side and Emma brings just that to her audience
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THE TRUTH ABOUT MENOPAUSE

This frank and intimate documentary from the BBC sees broadcaster and journalist Mariella Frostrup share her personal experience of the menopause.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • The fact it’s a well-researched documentary
  • How brave Mariella Frostrup is to share her journey so openly
  • Hearing from the experts on key questions around HRT and more
WE LOVE:
  • The Beeb for giving this hour-long documentary a peak broadcast slot when it was first aired
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WHAT WE WISHED WE'D KNOWN ABOUT THE MENOPAUSE

This series of two-minute video clips from BBC News during Menopause Week sees women share what they wish they'd known about the menopause before it started.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • I’m going through the menopause at 15
  • Menopause is more than a hot flush
  • My menopause was spotted in an AA meeting
WE LIKE:
  • Quality editing means every word in each two-minute episode is important
  • Seeing real women talk about their own experience
  • That it shines a light on and celebrates the menopause
WE LOVE:
  • The whole idea and hope the BBC do something similar for Menopause Week next year
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BBC RADIO 4 WOMENS HOUR

Available on BBC iPlayer, these podcasts range from a couple of minutes to close to an hour in length. There’s a special series dedicated to the menopause.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • I put a chicken breast in my handbag
  • I was taken aback by how crazy I felt
  • Menopause and its impact on your relationships
WE LIKE:
  • Choice depending on if you have five minutes or an hour free
  • Dedicated series exploring the impact on women’s work and relationships
  • Relatable topics tackled in a sensitive way
WE LOVE:
  • Discover relatable interviews and articles by searching for ‘menopause’
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FACT VS FICTION - VAGINA CHAT AND THE BIG M

Available on Apple and Google Play, this 37-minute long show is a funny and frank discussion about women’s intimate health and the menopause. Hosted by Anna Richardson, with celebrity guest Andrea McLean from Loose Women.

WE LIKE:
  • Anna’s a brilliant and relatable host
  • Expert advice is provided by consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Shazia Malik
  • Touches on everything from HRT to sex
WE LOVE:
  • The fact we laughed out loud on several occasions
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HerSpirit

HerSpirit is on a mission to inspire women to live happier and healthier lives. As well as their fitness and wellbeing app, they’ve created a series of podcasts with the support of Medichecks and Sport England.

Hosted by BBC breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, these podcasts feature some incredible female names from the world of sport and business, who all talk openly about their desires, vulnerabilities and successes.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Season 3, Episode 7 – Dr Pixie McKenna from C4’s Embarrassing Bodies, talks to Louise about her role on the programme and life as a mum and GP
  • Season 3, Episode 10 – a COVID anniversary special on the impact of the virus, featuring Dr Nighat Arif, Dr Zoe Williams and Professor Greg Whyte
  • Season 3, Episode 13 – Louise talks to Founder of MegsMenopause Meg Mathews
WE LIKE:
  • A new episode is released every two weeks
  • It’s available on Spotify and Apple and their free downloadable app on Android or Apple
  • They cover an array of topics from how to get a better night's sleep to supporting women in crisis, athletics to life in lockdown (and everything in between)
WE LOVE:
  • Their campaign for women to live healthier, fitter and happier lives in order to have their #BestYearYet
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LIZ EARLE WELLBEING PODCASTS

Liz Earle’s weekly podcast offers insights into all things wellbeing, from the latest health and beauty news, what to eat, and how to spot a gem of wisdom from a passing fad.

WE LIKE:
  • Easy-to-navigate site includes the option to save favourite podcasts to ‘My Wellbeing’
  • Episodes range for 10-minutes to an hour
  • Great range of topics and interviewees on the menopause
WE LOVE:
  • That Liz Earle’s a champion of women in the menopause
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Menopause Cafe

Famous for bringing people from around the world together to talk all things menopause over tea, coffee and cake (pre-Covid of course), the people behind the Menopause Cafe have now released a series of conversational podcasts featuring real life stories, as well as advice from the experts. Listen on AppleSpotify or Anchor.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • ‘In conversation with Hayley Cockman’, to hear what it’s like to experience being diagnosed with premature menopause at the age of 14
  • ‘In conversation with Katrina Clark’, where the sex educator shares how to incorporate self-pleasure as part of your menopause self-care toolkit
  • ‘In conversation with Sam Bunch’, talking about lockdown, the menopause and interviewing 100 men for her next book
WE LIKE:
  • A great array of speakers from sexperts to menopause ambassadors
  • Easy to listen on a range of devices and platforms
  • Episodes are between 20 and 40-minutes so perfect for walks or short journeys
WE LOVE:
  • How they’ve brought their open discussion around menopause from cafes around the world to the world of online
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MY MENOPAUSE DOCTOR

This selection of 30-minute podcasts are packed with practical advice in an interview style, hosted by menopause doctor, Louise Newson.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Ageing well with menopause and yoga
  • Hair loss and hormones
  • One health, osteoporosis and menopause
WE LIKE:
  • Clear and concise information and advice on tough topics
  • Expert-driven content
  • That it’s all menopause-specific
WE LOVE:
  • The natural chemistry between Trish and Lorraine
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OLDER & WIDER

A collection of 10 to 40-minute podcasts feature comedian Jenny Eclair and producer and writer Judith Holder. Enjoy insight, gossip and general news from the menopausal front and beyond.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • The one with the garden implement, some giant bottles of sauce and a bum bag.
  • The one with the sausage fingers, Hollywood gossip and some double gloving.
WE LIKE:
  • It’s from the writers of the internationally successful Grumpy Old Women
  • Jenny and Judith have great chemistry
  • Varying episode lengths mean you can find time to squeeze them in
WE LOVE:
  • Its tongue-in-cheek take on the menopause and midlife
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Out of the Bubble Podcast

Rachel Peru stepped out of the bubble in her forties, saying yes to things she wouldn’t have dreamed of in her younger years – even starting a new career as a fashion model at the age of 46. She describes herself as a silver-haired curve model, body confidence activist and influencer, as well as the host of the Out of the Bubble podcast.

Hear from amazing women embracing life and leaving a trail of inspiration along the way, as Rachel breaks down the stereotypical midlife barriers and proves it’s never too late to find new passion and purpose.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Ep.64 – with Olympian, life coach and mentor Michelle Griffith Robinson
  • Ep.55 – with money coach Claire Sweet, helping ambitious women take control of their money
  • Ep.40 – with Grace Fodor, Pro-Age Warrior and founder of Studio10 makeup
WE LIKE:
  • The incredible range of inspirational women talking about how they are embracing midlife
  • If you ever wanted to reinvent yourself or move forward with a dream, this series will certainly give you the ‘get up and go’ you need
  • You can follow Rachel on social media, as well as sign up to her newsletter to stay up-to-date on what she’s up to
WE LOVE:
  • Her positive, inspiring and energetic language and outlook on midlife
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POSTCARDS FROM MIDLIFE

This series from Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin focuses on women’s personal midlife journeys, tackling topics including sex and relationships, fashion and beauty, and mental health.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Coping with aging parents
  • Where has all the collagen gone?
  • Where has my libido gone?
WE LIKE:
  • Easy-to-digest episodes between 22 and 45-minutes’ long
  • Hearing relatable stories from real women
  • The range of experts they feature
WE LOVE:
  • The natural chemistry between Trish and Lorraine
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RTE Radio 1

If you're from Ireland, you may have heard about Joe Duffy’s famous liveline show. In May 2021, Joe dedicated a portion of his show to the menopause and had such an overwhelming response that he made it a regular feature.

The veteran broadcaster takes calls from his listeners to discuss their personal experiences, waving light on the taboo topic and bringing to people’s attention. Wherever you are in the world, they’re all available online to listen to.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • All of them!
WE LIKE:
  • How open and honest callers were when sharing their menopause experiences
  • That it’s a dedicated 30-minutes of time to the topic on this popular liveline show
  • The amount of positive social media and PR activity that followed the original airing
WE LOVE:
  • Joe is a hero for making this taboo topic a feature of his show
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THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE DOWN RIGHT SWEATY

Join menopause champion Diane Danzebrink (Menopause Support) and her friend and fellow surgical menopause sister, Sophie C for frank chats about all things menopause.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Menopause and Relationships: A Man’s Perspective
  • Menopause and Parenting
  • Menopause in the Media
WE LIKE:
  • The chemistry between Diane and Sophie
  • Open and honest conversations, with new shows added each month
  • Relevant, up-to-date topics related to the menopause
WE LOVE:
  • Episode 6: Menopause - A Man’s Perspective. You really don’t want to miss out
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The Change Makers Podcast

Tune in every Wednesday with Lesley Salem, founder of Over The Bloody Moon for her podcast series featuring inspiring guest speakers all navigating their way through tricky midlife.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Thriving Through Change with Dr Lydia Brown
  • Living Authentically with Tova Leigh, public figure, vlogger, author of F*!ked at 40
  • These are The Heydays with Diane Kenwood, ex-editor of Women's Weekly
WE LIKE:
  • They talk about topics which remain unrepresented – like surgical menopause, disabilities and BAME issues
  • Episodes lengths are varied but all are under an hour and available to listen on Apple, Spotify and Stitcher
  • Real women from different walks of life share their tales of transformation and how they've risen from adversity
WE LOVE:
  • Lesley’s positivity to make this time of our lives one to be over the bloody moon about
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THE HAPPY MENOPAUSE PODCAST

Learn how diet and lifestyle can help you take control of your menopause symptoms with this collection of 30 to 60-minute shows, hosted by nutritional therapist, Jackie Lynch, from Well Well Well Nutritional Therapy.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • How to exercise effectively in midlife
  • Managing a healthy weight
  • Managing the menopause at work
WE LIKE:
  • A great mix of diet and exercise-focused episodes
  • Fascinating guests offer real insight into managing hormonal changes
  • New and relevant content released each month
WE LOVE:
  • Jackie’s open and honest style
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The Magnificent Midlife

Rachel Lankester is on a mission to banish negative stereotypes with this podcast series. She celebrates women and all things midlife with guests talking about the joys this time of their lives brings. In her own words, it's all about “amazing women doing cool stuff”. Listen on just about any platform – Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean – from your desktop, tablet or phone.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • How to have a happy menopause with Jackie Lynch
  • Midlife sex with Dr Sona Wright
  • Just doing it and living the dream with Jo Moseley
WE LIKE:
  • Rachel introduces a solo podcast every season – no guests, just her speaking from her own experience
  • Great podcasts not just on the menopause but for tackling midlife challenges too
  • Reading the excellent reviews – why not leave one yourself if you enjoy it?
WE LOVE:
  • Got 15, 30 or up to 60-minutes spare? Put on your headphones, listen in the car or on a solo walk and feel connected to like-minded women
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The Merry Menopause Book Club Podcast

Menopause expert Jo Fuller was so inspired by the books she read on the topic, she set about creating a podcast where authors would appear as guests, sharing details about their book, as well as talking candidly about their own experiences.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • The Complete Guide to the Menopause with Dr Annice Mukherjee
  • Great Sex starts at 50 with Tracey Cox
  • Manage Your Menopause Naturally with Maryon Stewart
WE LIKE:
  • It’s a great and engaging way to hear from the authors directly
  • Listen at your leisure on Apple and Spotify, with sessions running for 60-minutes or less
  • New episodes are added weekly on Wednesdays
WE LOVE:
  • There’s a chance to get your hands on a copy of the book from each episode in Jo’s giveaway
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The Midpoint with Gaby Logan

TV Presenter Gaby Logan MBE is embracing all things midlife in this podcast where she talks to some familiar faces about their personal experiences, challenges and reflections on what it means to them. Subscribe and listen on AppleSpotifyGoogle Podcasts,

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • The episode with Mariella Frostrup, discussing how experience and age has made her more confident and ready to face the menopause
  • The episode with Denise Lewis, who talks about her midlife desire to get out of her comfort zone, rowing the length of the country, and on having kids in your forties
  • The episode with Caitlin Moran, on how for her middle age is the point where your problems are other peoples problems and you are holding the threads of society together for no pay
WE LIKE:
  • As well as chatting to celebs, Gaby invites along experts for advice on sleep, hormones, nutrition and sex
  • All episodes are 40-60 mins long and available to listen on a range of platforms from home or on the go
  • They feature big names including Denise Lewis, Claudia Winkleman, John Bishop and Piers Morgan
WE LOVE:
  • This podcast really does address the physical, emotional and mental aspects of this stage of your life, sharing important lessons like there's no need to park your dreams, and middle age is not beige
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The M Word

Brought to you by Northern Power Women (NPW), this award-winning podcast has a great 23-minute podcast all on the ‘M Word’.

Hosts Sam Walker and Founder of NPW, Simone Roche MBE, discuss the big stories affecting working women, from workplace policy to wellness and everything in between. Available on Apple podcastsGoogle and Spotify.

WE LIKE:
  • Sarah and Simone share their experiences of perimenopausal memory loss, during important times in their careers and at home with their families
  • That there’s been a huge social media response, helping women talk openly about how the menopause has affected them personally
  • Their discussion on how menopause workplace policies need to become a leadership issue – and not a women’s issue
WE LOVE:
  • The advice they share on how a partner can recognise, understand and offer better support
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The Shift (on life after 40) with Sam Baker

Created by author and journalist Sam Baker, this series explores life after 40. These 40-60 minutes podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, acast and Spotify. We love the honesty Sam brings out of her guests.

GEN M RECOMMENDS:
  • Marian Keyes on menopause, Botox and learning to be shameless
  • Kate Spicer on menopause stereotypes, being child-free and single at 50
  • Jojo Moyes on visibility, imposter syndrome and female friendship
WE LIKE:
  • Frank talking on the issues faced by women in midlife
  • A great range of celeb guests
  • No topics are off the cards
WE LOVE:
  • The series breaks down the stigma around menopause, showing women it’s okay to talk openly
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