Woman from Morton near Bourne discusses menopause
A woman who provides menopause awareness coaching says more still needs to be done to raise awareness.
Bev Thorogood, from Morton, has run a business which provides coaching to businesses about menopause for four years.
She worked in the Ministry of Defence for more than 30 years for RAF Wittering before leaving due to medical symptoms she was experiencing.
After consulting her GP, she found out her symptoms including anxiety, stress and brain-fog, were pre-menopausal symptoms.
She trained to be a health coach and worked with many women and many turned out to be experiencing menopausal symptoms.
Bev was contacted by RAF Air Command in High Wycombe to come and talk about menopause and since this, she has worked with major businesses providing menopause training such as Channel 4 and L’Oréal.
She said: “There is still a lot of stigma around menopause which makes women alot more scared to ask for help.
“Many women are left disadvantaged because of this stigma.”
According to Bev, about 900,000 women across the country still leave work every year due to the menopause.
She recommends women speak to their GP to get a diagnosis and advise them to be open with their managers because ‘if they don’t know, then they can’t help’.
Many high-profile women have recently opened up about their experiences with menopause such as Liz Earle and Lorraine Kelly and Bev thinks this has had an impact on helping to break the stigma.
“My hope is that when my daughter begins menopause, she will not have to go through confusion and feel embarrassed,” she said.
“I hope women who are now climbing their career ladder do not hit the same hurdles as I did and that my generation has helped pave the way.”