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Talking about the menopause

With a menopause specialist

 It feels like a long time  ago that I was writing blogs about the menopause in 2015/16:


A positive take on the menopause

Celebrating the menopause

The shift to fifty

and female hormones:

Hormones and the female brain

Periods are political

To be honest, I don’t really think about the menopause much these days as I’m on HRT and so don’t have any symptoms which cause me problems.  Yes I can see my skin tone changing and fine lines where there were none, my hair is whiter and I have a dodgy big toe joint, but I feel very lucky to feel healthy and well.

I don’t think it is an accident.  When I read my diaries as well as the blogs from 2015/16, I can see I was struggling.  I was one of the lucky women who had an excellent GP, who took the perimenopause seriously, knew about it and was up to date with the latest guidance.  I was also lucky enough to be able to go for more individual care with Jane Wilkinson who is a specialist in female reproductive health and menopause wellbeing.  I paid for the hour and then half hour follow up.

In the hour we talked not only about signs and symptoms, but the safest way for me to take HRT, but we also talked about life style; diet, exercise, sleep, time out and vitamins.  She made me feel understood and took me seriously.

I was lucky.  So many of my female friends have had GPs who have dismissed it as ‘women’s problems’ and dismissed it, or offered anti-depressants as some kind of cure all.

So when yet another female friend told me yet another dismal tale of being brushed off by her GP, I got in touch with Jane to see if she would talk on the podcast, and she said yes.

I could talk to her for hours because she knows so much about the menopause and is so warm and caring.  What I learned in our conversation was also what an activist she is and how she moving her work to focus on training and informing GPs so all women, not just those of us who could afford it, get the excellent care I had.

Please share this with any woman you know who might need it.  Jane shares lots of information as well as signposting on to other organisations and sources of support.  I’m with Jane in my desire to open up conversations about the menopause and to insist that women get the care they need.

The world needs women, and we need women with the wisdom and experience that peri and post menopausal have.  Being informed and getting help with the menopause is not only personal and biological, it is a feminist issue about supporting women to be healthy and well so that we can take a full and active part in engaging with the many urgent issues the world face.

You can listen to our conversation here There are lots of links on the podcast notes to places to get support.  You can contact me at


Julie Leoni

Julie Leoni

Coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Yoga and psychology teacher, learner

I have over 30 years of experience and qualification in various therapeutic and meditation/mindfulness based approaches. I work with change. Some changes we chose, others happen to us.  Sometimes we know we want to change but don't know how. Sometimes we don't want to change but external events or people are forcing us to change. The menopause, children leaving home, the end of a relationship or job, becoming a parent, coming out, bereavement are just some of the personal changes I support people with. I also work with people who want to make changes to their life and wider world in response to social issues such as Covid, the climate crisis and racial, sexual and gender inequalities. Times are changing whether we want them to or not and we need to be nimble, agile, curious and open in order to part of the new story emerging. Work with me to get clear on what matters to you, what makes your heart sing and what kind of future you want for yourself and those you love. It is possible to live differently, get in touch to explore how.

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