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🧵Theramex put together a wonderful video for International Women's Day, discussing the inequalities and barriers women face in getting adequate support for #Menopause. @VikramSinai describes perfectly how race, ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds coalesce with geographic...
disparities in menopausal healthcare. GP practices in the most affluent parts of the country spend 3x as much on #HRT than practices in the most deprived, and Southeast Asian communities don't even have a word for #Menopause ! Any future public health campaign to raise ...
#menopauseawareness must not be a one size fits all policy, and should bear the distinct barriers each community face in mind. @menomandate
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Pleased to see the Minister confirm #HRT PPC will include ALL products, and fellow #MenopauseWarrior @leicesterliz question what is being done to tackle #HRTshortages

I wouldn't be celebrating having 'only' 5 #HRT products short when those are some of the most popular...
Interesting to see the Minister inform women going through #Menopause that Utrogestan is back in stock. It was only a few weeks ago she was telling followers it wasn't even out-of-stock! #MenopauseWarriors, how does that sound to you on the ground? Xx @menomandate @HarleyStEmp
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The word "finally" is doing a lot of heavy lifting here.

Finally.

What happens during menopause? Science is finally piecing it together. nationalgeographic.com/magazine/artic… via @NatGeoMag #menopause
Humans and killer whales (and the short finned pilot whale) are the only species who go through menopause.

And we really don’t know why. Yes, really.
feministgiant.com/p/postmenopaus…
The theories that abound mostly revolve around the notion that we are here to reproduce.

It’s either the “granny effect”
theguardian.com/science/2017/j…
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"Out of 20yrs of literature regarding menopause symptoms, only 17 academic papers explore how this condition affects Black women, according to Dr. Makeba Williams, a Washington University physician who specializes in OB/GYN w/ expertise in menopause care." ksdk.com/article/news/l…
“I think what was really striking is that we know that for some of the more bothersome symptoms and complaints that are often expressed, hot flashes and night sweats, Black women experience them longer,” Dr. Williams said.
#Menopause
The average duration or median duration for these symptoms is about 10yrs versus White women who experience them 6.5yrs, according to the OB/GYN doctor.

“In addition to having a longer duration, there's a higher prevalence, so about an 80% prevalence amongst Black women."
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Ministers have rejected a proposal from parliament's Women and Equalities Committee to introduce "menopause leave" pilots in England, arguing it could discriminate against men.

womenshealthmag.com/uk/health/a426… #Menopause
The government also dismissed a recommendation by the committee to make menopause a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. bbc.com/news/uk-politi… #Menopause
A survey by the all-party Parliamentary Commitment in the UK to explore the impact of menopause has found that 1 in 3 women are missing work due to menopause symptoms and that there is still 'considerable stigma' about talking about menopause at work committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/…
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I started am now in #perimenopause after losing both my ovaries to #Endometriosis

There is nothing that breaks me more than the thought of not being able to conceive and carry a child of my own in my uterus 👶🏽

This🧵is about navigating the new season which is a neglected topic
Our ovaries produce eggs for fertilization and also make the hormones (estrogen and progesterone) that play an important role in reproductive development and menstruation.

If, like me, you lose your ovaries early it increases our risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
I now appreciate the role my ovaries played in contributing to the good quality of life. I didn’t have to worry about mood changes, vaginal and bladder problems, sexual function, fertility, hot flashes, sleep problems etc.
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"I really feel that this, this second stage of life, #menopause, it really is an opportunity for women to reconnect and understand that this second stage of life can be their most powerful. They can feel independent and strong and sexy."

h/t @Etamnixe

cbc.ca/news/health/me…
"I think what I find the hardest is that women feel that they should just suck it up, that every woman needs to bear this like a burden…And to me, that's just complete bunk,” Trish Barbato, co-founder of the recently created Menopause Foundation of Canada
I am editing a menopause anthology that includes contributors from around the world and contributors who are cis women, non-binary people, trans masc and gender expansive.

We should talk more about the menopause transition and include more voices unbound.com/books/bloody-h…
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Haven't read whole article yet but THIS:

“…most OB/GYN residents get about one to two hours of instruction on menopause care and, when surveyed, said that they did not feel comfortable managing menopause upon completion of their programs.” nytimes.com/2022/12/20/sty… h/t @rerutled
At my last visit my OB/GYN she asked me if a younger doctor, I'm assuming one who wanted to specialize in OB/GYN, could sit in on our time together.

I enthusiastically said yes because I had inkling that the younger doctor rarely saw perimenopausal people like me.

#Menopause
I went in because I knew my M Day--Menopause is actually just that one day that marks 12 months since your last period--was soon approaching and there were things I wanted to discuss with my doctor for the years ahead.

It was one of the longest visits I've had with my doctor.
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Thank you all who have recommended my essays on my menopause transition to those also going through it.

Here's my latest, celebrating being perimenopause!

feministgiant.com/p/postmenopaus…
#Menopause is the hardest thing that has ever happened to me. And it’s the best thing I’ve ever gone through.

Menopause is shit. Menopause is amazing.

feministgiant.com/p/essay-menopa…
I am learning, much to my thrill and awe, that one of the greatest gifts of the transition known as #menopause is shamelessness.

And this is my most popular essay on menopause

feministgiant.com/p/moisturize-y…
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#WomensHealthcare needs serious attention, specifically patient comfort. There are procedures that the patient is given no anesthesia for that are down right medieval. For example, lets visit something called an endometrial biopsy, a procedure that detects uterine cancer… 1
1You will be asked to undress fully or from the waist down and put on a hospital gown.
2You will be told to empty your bladder before the procedure.
3You will lie on an exam table, with your feet and legs supported as for a pelvic exam…
4. Your healthcare provider will insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to spread the walls of the vagina apart to view the cervix.
5. Your provider will clean your cervix with an antiseptic solution….
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My writing about the #menopause transition does not cover Menopause Hormone Therapy or not? That's between you and your health care provider. I focus on the existential and experiential. feministgiant.com/p/postmenopaus…
e.g. Perimenopause--the years leading up to menopause kicked my fucking ass

feministgiant.com/p/essay-menopa…
Menopause is actually just one day--it marks 12 months since the last menstrual cycle.

And now I'm finally postmenopause--what follows menopause--fucking finally!

Is there a postmenopause placebo effect? Because I feel as if I'm walking taller!

feministgiant.com/p/postmenopaus…
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Thank you all who've sent me congratulations for Bloody Hell! reaching its funding goal! So happy! I'm delighted that the world will have an anthology on the menopause transition by an absolute stellar lineup of contributors--from around the world and cis, nonbinary and trans.
You can pre-order the book here, knowing that it will indeed be published!

A thousand thanks to @ruthannharnisch for her super generous pledge! And thank you to the 552 other people who pledged their support!

unbound.com/books/bloody-h… #Menopause
I found out almost by chance that perimenopause–the time leading up to menopause–could last up to 14 yrs. At first, I thought “Are you fucking kidding me?” And that quickly turned to “How the hell did I not know that?” How was a feminist like me so ignorant about menopause?
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As I have been telling the entire world, with great delight, I am now post menopause--which means I've gone 12 months without a period.

I continue to celebrate!

Here's Lucille Clifton's poem to my last period poets.org/poem/my-last-p…
#Menopause Text of a poem:  to my last period Lucille Clifton - 1936-20
I subscribe to the Poem a Day from the Academy of American Poets and I love that this one, Menopause by C. Prudence Arceneaux, was one of them. I highly recommend listening to the poet read her poem!
poets.org/poem/menopause #Menopause Text of poem:  Menopause C. Prudence Arceneaux  For further Text:  grasping for purchase. A soft pop every time you chec
And I especially love the About This Poem, especially this:

"Because, what is life without some derailing sexual desires?”
—C. Prudence Arceneaux
#Menopause Text: About This Poem “Menopause came early for me, althou
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I have been eager to get here, to #Postmenopause finally!

The past five years of #Perimenopause were some of the most difficult of my life.

When they say the #Menopause transition is like puberty in reverse, it is no lie.
I remember how overwhelmed by it all 11.5yo me was when I first got my period--the physical changes, yes, and also just as hard the emotional and mental changes.

When I was 13 and then when I was 16, I had my first experiences of depression. They were difficult years.
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Today is my 1st day being post-menopausal.

I've been learning on the job, so to speak, both the terminology and the experience of this transition in life.

Menopause is just 1 day--that day that marks 12 months since your last period.

Until new essay feministgiant.com/p/essay-menopa…
Necessary to see more people with huge platforms talk about #menopause.

"There is not a lot of conversation about menopause. I'm going through it, and I know all of my friends are going through it. And the information is sparse," Michelle Obama.

"I never used to weigh myself. I'm not trying to stick to numbers, but when you're in menopause, you have this slow creep that you just don't realize," people.com/health/michell… #menopause
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When the final results of the U.S. #MidtermElection are in, let's see how many women governors, senators, representative etc are at the age of the #menopause transition and how many talk about it publicly in the way only Nicola Sturgeon so far has.
For many reasons, cis women reach pinnacles of political power as they enter midlife–age requirements of certain political positions, children (if they have them) have grown, or simply because it takes years to accrue power and to make it up that ladder.

#Menopause #Midterms
And it is at that moment, in midlife as they accrue the most political power, that cis women also go through the menopause transition.

feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po… #MidtermElections2022 #Menopause
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#Thread
Rebuilding a career after a late in life autism diagnosis.
Personal reflections of a very late discovered #ActuallyAutistic person, 4 years on.
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Burnout was a factor in me finally finding out I was autistic.
I’d become overwhelmed and exhausted.
I’d drifted to a halt, and then couldn’t get going again.
I was overloaded by being bullied at work, being in perimenopause, unresolved trauma and my partner’s serious illness.
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A demanding new job immediately after my diagnosis didn’t kickstart recovery from burnout like it would have done previously.
What the psychologist had told me about taking ‘baby steps’ was true, even though I didn’t want it to be.
I finally realised I couldn’t afford not to.
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“This is one of the reasons why I’m talking about it…There are very few women who’ve been in top positions in politics, but of those who have been, if you think about Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Thatcher they must all have gone through this,” Nicola Sturgeon on #menopause
Nicola Sturgeon is not the first woman to lead a country. But it is telling that the only other cis woman leader that she can compare her experience of the #menopause transition with is fictonal--Danish TV series Borgen’s Birgitte Nyborg feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po…
For many reasons, women reach pinnacles of political power as they enter midlife–be it age requirements of certain political positions, more time because their children (if they have them) have grown, or simply because it takes years to accrue power and to make it up that ladder.
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“There's an upside to this stage in life where menopause can reduce women’s confidence but I think getting to this stage gives you another kind of confidence…F it a little bit & say what you think & who cares what other people think...There's a liberating element to all of this”
The above quote is from First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. She is not the first woman to lead a country, but it is telling that she is the only one who has spoken publicly about her menopause transition feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po…
Because other than Sturgeon and Danish TV series Borgen’s Birgitte Nyborg, you would think that being elected into office rendered female political leaders immune from a life transition that affects everyone who has ever had a uterus. #menopause
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“This is one of the reasons why I’m talking about it…There are very few women who’ve been in top positions in politics, but of those who have been, if you think about Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Thatcher they must all have gone through this,” Nicola Sturgeon on #menopause
“And yet I can’t find anybody that has spoken about it and that would help me, I think, if I could go and hear or read somebody who had the same kind of anxieties that I have about the very public nature of the job.” feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po… #menopause
October is Menopause Awareness Month, also known as World Menopause Month.

We need that awareness and more of it every day.

I've written 14 essays on #perimenopause and aging for FEMINIST GIANT, which are all free to read and share. feministgiant.com
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Why would it require ovaries of steel or any other metaphors of courage, for cis women leaders to talk about a life transition that will affect more than half the population?
Even those who were not heads of state have only just recently started talking about #menopause

feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po…
In August 2020 on her eponymous podcast, former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, described in surreal detail what it was like to go through a hot flash as she was about to climb out of Marine One. Text: “I'm dressed, I need to get out, walk into an event,
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My new essay looks at why First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon is the only woman political leader who has spoken about her #menopause transition.

While Sturgeon talks about taking HRT, brain fog, rage, and insomnia, why are so many others silent? feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po…
Listen and watch FM Nicola Sturgeon in her own words talk about her menopause transition through the links in my essay. 👆🏽

Support my work by sharing and subscribing. It's free--no paywall or ads.

If you can pay, it helps to keep it free

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Because other than Sturgeon and Danish TV series Borgen’s Birgitte Nyborg, you would think that being elected into office rendered female political leaders immune from a life transition that affects everyone who has ever had a uterus.

feministgiant.com/p/essay-the-po… #MenopauseAwareness
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