Menopause

This summer we are launching an exciting project to recruit a group of ‘Nest Friends’ who will become part of our Menopause Peer Support Network and play a crucial role in our upcoming Menopause groups (starting Autumn 2022)

Essential qualities:

Lived experience and/or interest in the menopause experience
Good listening skills
Non-judgemental, respectful and inclusive
Reliable
Good communication skills
Able to maintain confidentiality

Sound like you or someone you know? Then have a read of the role description below and then complete an application form. Deadline is 19th August. We hope to hear from you! for any questions or to arrange an informal chat with Hazel please email: hazel.thenestsw@gmail.com or phone 07876267591


When you hear the word ‘menopause’ what are the first three words that come to mind? Most of us think of things like hot flush, aches, mind fog.

This is because many of us have been sold an idea that menopause is nothing but a set of embarrassing symptoms to be endured, or at best managed. But what if there were other stories waiting to be told?

What if menopause was understood to be a shift of the whole being, and respected as a rite of passage?

What if YOU were part of changing the culture around menopause, moving from stigma and shame to openness and curiosity?

Join our menopause cultural revolution and commit to help create a world where this rite of passage is respected and honoured as a crucial gateway of life.

What if there was a positive side to the menopause? What if it could be a time of rich personal growth and inner transformation! We are exploring what inspires women who experience a positive menopause and to share ways to increase mental and emotional well-being.

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Our mission is to share more about the perimenopause and menopause; to normalise this stage in a woman’s life by providing holistic access to quality information. Check out our resource section below for a list of useful websites and a reading list.

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Come to our Exeter Menopause Café set in the beautiful surroundings of The Glorious Art House Café on Fore Street, Exeter. This is an open meeting for people of all genders to come and chat about all things perimenopause and menopause related. It is aimed at breaking down taboos.

See our events page for booking HERE


Our Curated List of Resources


Local Groups
  • Exeter Menopause Café – 1st Friday of the month. 10am – 12 noon. The Glorious Art House Café, Fore St, Exeter. Free. Booking Essential. See events page for details HERE
Websites

NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/

NICE guidelines: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23

Menopause Matters, an independent magazine sharing info and options: http://www.menopausematters.co.uk/

Women’s health concern,  the patient arm of the British Menopause Society: https://www.womens-health-concern.org/

Daisy Network -For women experiencing premature menopause: https://www.daisynetwork.org/

The British Menopause Society: www.thebms.org.uk

European Menopause and Andropause Society: https://www.emas-online.org/

Menopause Cafe: www.menopausecafe.net

Rock My menopause. Full of information https://rockmymenopause.com/

CIPD Menopause resources: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/menopause

The Government Equality Office Report on Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation: www.gov.uk/government/publications/menopause-transition-effects-on-womens-economic-participation

UNISON menopause guidance and model policy: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2019/10/25831.pdfAngus

Council Period and Menopause Policy https://www.angus.gov.uk/sites/angus-cms/files/2019-10/335_app1.pdfHenpicked: www.menopauseintheworkplace.co.uk

Books
  • Susun S Weed ‘ New Menopausal Years’
  • Dr Christine Northrup ‘The Wisdom of Menopause’
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estes ‘How to be an Elder’
  • Diane Richardson ‘Slow sex’
  • Dr Jerilynn Prior ‘Estrogens Storm Season’
  • Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD ‘Goddesses in Older Women’
  • Sally J Duffel ‘Grow your own HRT’
  • Jane Lewis ‘Me and my menopausal vagina’
  • Lara Briden ‘Period Repair manual’
  • Darcey Steinke ‘Flash Count Diary’
  • Dr Lani ‘No nonsense Bone health Guide’

Devon Women Speak…

In June 2021 we ran a countywide survey for women, girls and all menstruators in Devon – aiming to gather information about menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause experiences and how they can affect key areas of life. The results were fascinating. You can read about it in our blog here and also access the full report by clicking on the image below:


click on the image above to access our report

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