To mark International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate six heroes currently doing great things to help women and raise awareness of menopause issues in the UK..
1) Diane Danzebrink
Diane’s own menopause experience had a profound effect on her quality of life - but it has led her to do great things. She founded both the social enterprise project Menopause Support and the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign to empower women to take control of their health and wellbeing, and to raise awareness of menopause issues in society, appearing regularly on television and in the print media.
But as a professional nurse with training in menopause she also provides help to women individually, offering counselling services and working privately with women and couples to guide and support them through menopause, midlife and beyond.
2) Jane Lewis
Jane Lewis is the author of the superb, taboo-busting book Me and My Menopausal Vagina. Vulval-vaginal atrophy is an extremely distressing condition that affects millions of women (at least 50% of the UK’s post-menopausal women aged 45 and upwards have some degree of vulval-vaginal atrophy). Very few seek medical help but, Jane believes, even when they do far too many are not being listened to and are not receiving treatment that could really help.
Jane is doing amazing work to make people aware of the condition - and to help women live better with it.
Read our special interview with Jane Lewis here.
3) Dr Louise Newson
Dr Newson set up her own menopause clinic in 2016, and in 2018 she launched the Newson Health Menopause & Wellbeing Centre. Based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, women from any location can self-refer to see Dr Newson or one of her menopause specialist colleagues, to discuss treatment and HRT.
She has said: ‘Being a GP is a really rewarding job and one of the most fulfilling aspects is helping menopausal women. To see women transformed from a person who can no longer function and think clearly, who is shattered from constantly disturbed nights’ sleeps and who is having dreadful mood swings, to a person who is back to functioning normally, with more confidence, better relationships with their partner and having reclaimed their “joie de vivre” is wonderful!"
To help women who can’t see her in person, Dr Newson created the Menopause Doctor website - a brilliant resource for menopause information and advice.
4) Maryon Stewart
Maryon Stewart is a renowned health expert and a pioneer in the field of non-drug medicine. Widely known for her work with the Angelus Foundation – which she founded in 2010 to raise awareness of the dangers of legal highs following the death of her daughter – Maryon has also helped countless women going through menopause.
A familiar face thanks to her TV appearances, she has written over 25 self-help books including The Natural Menopause Plan, designed a 14-day Menopause Empowerment Programme and curated a special collection of products for Live Better With Menopause.
5) Rachel Maclean MP
Raising awareness amongst employers of the challenges that menopausal women face is vitally important, and Rachel Maclean is among those leading the way at the government level.
The Conservative MP for Redditch County has made it her mission to bring menopause issues to the top of the policymaking agenda - including in business, in health policy and in education.
6) Sabrina Zeif
A well-known chef specialising in flavourful international food, Trinidad-born Sabrina Zeif has over 25 years’ experience working in pharmaceuticals and health education in the USA and the UK. Via her popular nutritional and lifestyle blog The Menopause Chef and many other projects, she has dedicated herself in recent years to, in her words, ‘empowering women to be the best they can be throughout their menopause journey.’
A great believer in taking control of your health through good diet, Sabrina is a force of nature. Read our Q&A with Sabrina here.
For support, tips and advice, join the Live Better With Menopause Community, and browse our range of products designed to make life with menopause better here.