Most women experience symptoms of the menopause at some point in their life–hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and low mood BUT the menopause isn’t all bad and can be a time for new beginnings and positive change if we’re open to talking about it.
According to recent survey carried out by Regelle , almost 1/3 of those affected by embarrassing symptoms of the menopause such as vaginal dryness don’t seek help from their doctor. Are we too afraid to talk about it in case we’re seen as ‘past it’ or because we are misinformed about what it is and how to deal with it?
If you’re going through menopause, you can feel like you’re the only one but lots of celebrities are coming forward and sharing their stories. Yasmin Le Bon and Ulrika Jonsson are making the menopause more mainstream by talking about their personal experience with ‘the change’.
As we celebrate women’s achievements and progress internationally today, let’s look at 5 reasons to celebrate the menopause:
- No More Periods: Hurray! Once you are through peri-menopause, your hormones begin to settle, and you’ll no longer have to plan your life around the way they make you feel.
- Wearing white pants: With the lack of periods, white pants are now a safe bet at any time of the year. Take a leaf out of Liz Hurley’s wardrobe and make white the colour of the season.
- You can drink more red wine: A glass of red wine a day can help to reduce the risk of heart disease among menopausal women. No need to say it twice.
- Empowering our daughters: It’s our job to teach our daughters to own their experiences and to value their bodies and health, so talk to your daughter about hormones! We need to change old and negative viewpoints about this milestone in a woman’s life, so that our daughters and their daughters won’t have to suffer in silence.
- Reclaim sexual empowerment: For most women, sex is like a fine wine-it gets better with age. By now, we actually know, and know how to use our bodies. We are comfortable in our skin and can enjoy our sex lives for the intimate and wonderful experiences they can be.
The menopause can cause bouts of vaginal dryness and 44.7% of women surveyed by Regelle said vaginal dryness led them to abstaining from sex. Vaginal moisturisers like Regelle prevent you from becoming chafed or sore – a moisturising lubricant like Regelle is clinically proven to offer long lasting immediate relief for up to three days as well as rejuvenating the natural elasticity of the vaginal wall, encouraging the return of natural secretions and restoring your vagina’s natural pH level.
Menopausal medical expert Dr Louise Newson advises menopausal women to use a vaginal moisturiser rather than a lubricant to relieve vaginal dryness
Dr Newson said: ‘Like so many conditions linked to various life stages, every woman’s experience of menopause can be different, and treatment will depend on their medical history. Regelle is a hormone-free vaginal moisturiser that provides quick and long-lasting relief from the symptoms of vaginal dryness and is available over-the-counter from pharmacies.’