13 Million women are going through the menopause right now. Symptoms of peri-menopause can start up to 10 years before menopause, so this is something that affects a lot of women on a daily basis and yet so many women are left uneducated, ill-informed and suffering through symptoms without support, which I find terrible. Why does the stigma around menopause still exist in this day and age and what can we do to help break it down?
Perimenopause is the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, and menopause is when a woman stops having periods. This is a natural process which happens as part of existing as female human beings, much like menstruation. And yet, although conversation and education around menstruation, in the western world at least, has improved considerably over the decades,* the menopause is still seen by many as shameful and simply not to be discussed. But why?
Why? Well, to put it simply, we are obsessed with youth. Rather than accept the transition from one stage of life to the next as a beautiful part of the design, we say ‘Old’ and shut the door. Well not on our watch! To quote the brilliant and absolutely stunning Selma Hayek (54) "People have the wrong assumption that the menopause is when a woman stops being sexy... For so long the concept of beauty in a woman was leaning completely to youth, and I think “F*** that Shit!” And we couldn’t agree more.
The impact this wall of silence has on women's health, both mentally and physically, and to the economy is shocking. A recent Bloomberg article stated that the findings of a 2019 survey found that around 900,000 in the UK women quit their jobs due to menopause, 900,000 women. And a new report by the Government Equalities Office warns that ‘menopausal employees feel at risk of ridicule and gendered ageism, causing some female employees in their early 50s to call in sick for fear of experiencing symptoms at work. The report estimates that this is costing the economy £7.3m a year in absence-related costs!’ A separate study commissioned for ITV’s Tonight programme found that ‘1 in 4 menopausal women consider quitting their jobs due to their experiences.’
So, what’s being done to help make real change? Naturally Andrew Baily, Governor of the Bank of England ears pricked up when he heard these statistics, and in April this year said that menopause can no longer be ignored. And thankfully, more smart, forward thinking humans are beginning to take a stand against this injustice - The Menopause Charity, of which a number of high-profile women are ambassadors, has called for better education for GPs. The fabulous Labour lawmaker Carolyn Harris has called for a “menopause revolution” with an all-party parliamentary group set up to overhaul “menopause rights, entitlements and education.” Go Carolyn!
The Blend was born out of a desire to be part of this movement for change. Shocked by the lack of information, education and support around perimenopause, we have developed The Blend as a way to help women physically, through a range of beautiful, organic essential oil blend products, but also practically, through championing charities, organisations and experts striving for change. As such, The Blend will donate a percentage of profits from sales of our oils to The Menopause Charity.
‘Our products are designed to help relieve symptoms of perimenopause naturally. Our brand was created through our passion to raise awareness and champion those fighting for change. We believe if we raise our collective voices, we can break down the stigma and help women feel stronger. If we work together, we CAN do incredible things.’ - Vicky Groombridge
Made by women, for women, our launch product is a gorgeous rollerball trio formulated to help you find balance, calm and better sleep as part of your peri-toolkit. We are very excited about this new brand and hope you’ll support us and be part of the revolution!
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*The wonderful Emma Barnett has launched a new book ‘It’s About Bloody Time Period’ where she makes a `...bracing common sense case for full and frank honesty.’
Source: peoplemanagment.co.uk | Bloomberg.com | Style Magazine