Storming the Stigma: Menopause and Womens Health

Its difficult to beleive that the subject of Women's Health is years behind in terms of awareness and support. The We are After the Storm team are passionate about helping to change this. Lets storm the stigma.

This time last year, the idea for We are After the Storm had been born and we were busy beavering away on Squarespace creating a primitive website to launch on the 15th July, one year after my mother had died.

 

A year later and we have our beautiful website, we are constantly working behind the scenes to refine and improve what we offer and we are having some amazing conversations to take We are After the Storm to a whole new audience and add amazing value to our members and users.

In parallel to this we are planning our first event!  And that’s what I want to talk about today.  ¾’s of the After the Storm team are female and 2 of us are in our 40’s this means that at some point reasonably soon we will start perimenopause.  For that reason, I watched the Sex, Myths and the Menopause documentary that Davina McCall made, and it terrified me!  I had been doing a little bit of reading around menopause and had suggested to my husband that he might like to do the same in case I turned into some crazy woman overnight and didn’t realise what was happening, but the documentary left me with so many more questions than answers.

I was inspired to act and feel privileged to be in a position to use We are After the Storm as a platform to break the stigma around this most taboo of subjects.  Over the past month or so I have had the pleasure of talking to a number of amazing people who are all as impassioned as me to get the Women’s Health agenda on the table and get talking.  I have been blown away by the energy and mindset of all the wonderful people I have spoken to and am excited to bring them to you too.

It is unbelievable to hear that women’s health is where mental health was 10 years ago when you think we are still campaigning over mental health awareness today.  How can something that effects 51% of the population be that far behind?  The stigma and awkwardness around discussing menstrual cycles, returning to work after birth, miscarriage, period poverty, conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, not to mention menopause and all the potential symptoms that can bring, right through to burnout which is more common in woman than men due to the societal norms has to be removed.  We need to start talking, actually shouting about it!

I am really keen to point out this is not coming from a place where the ‘Man’ is wrong and us poor little women have been left behind and not considered, for me this is about the fact the woman don’t even really understand enough about their bodies and what we need to flourish so how on earth can we expect men to know or understand and if we don’t talk about it how can we expect them to be comfortable to talk about it either.

Starting from 6th September this year we will be publishing amazing stories, articles, useful information and links to all the different types of support and advice out there and publishing our own ebook with great info from all the experts we are speaking with, culminating in our amazing Event in early October… we have spent the afternoon brainstorming names so keep your eyes peeled for more info…oh and if you like us are passionate about this and want to contribute your personal experiences, your professional knowledge, showcase how your organisation is getting this right, or want to find out about how you can sponsor our most awesome event please get in touch today by email: hello@afterthe-storm.co.uk  Lets raise the roof on Women’s Health!

Keywords: women's health menopause stigma taboo
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