Health service launches menopause training course for men

Kathryn Wheeler
By Kathryn Wheeler,
updated on Jun 25, 2021

Health service launches menopause training course for men

It’s hoped the free service will help involve husbands, partners, and co-workers in the conversation about menopause

Usually occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55, the menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to conceive. It’s a natural part of life, and yet it remains shrouded in mystery and misconceptions.

In a bid to break down this stigma, health education service Menopause Experts is offering free training and resources for both men and women.

The resources will cover information and help for understanding and managing symptoms such as forgetfulness, hot flushes, headaches, itchy skin, night sweats, brain fog, and low sex drive.

Beyond that, the training also gets under the skin and into the biology, exploring the effects of declining hormones on women’s health, and examining the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy, as well as ways to manage symptoms with lifestyle changes.

“Menopause is one of the last taboos in women’s health, and it’s about time we were all talking about it – women and men,” says Dee Murray, founder and CEO of Menopause Experts. “We’re on a mission to offer the best advice and tips available, working with our panel of experts to dispel myths and outdated fears that make life harder for women in the workplace and at home.

“Though half of the population will never have to deal with menopause themselves, nearly every man will know someone who is going through it, or has gone through it, though they may not yet recognise it as menopause symptoms.”

But beyond the physical, menopause can also have an impact on women’s mental health, as it’s common to experience mood changes, irritability, depression, lack of motivation, and stress. Additionally, if you already have pre-existing mental health problems, it’s possible that the psychological symptoms of menopause can be inflated – one example being that those with bipolar disorder may be more sensitive to hormonal shifts during this time.

This is where support systems are vital and, as Dee sees it, teaching husbands, partners, and co-workers about menopause is an important step in removing the stigma surrounding this very big part of a woman’s life.

“Understanding menopause, and the impact, may save a career, marriage or even a life! The menopause revolution starts here,” Dee continues. “If you’re going through menopause, know someone who might be, or just want to learn more, have a look at our free podcasts, blogs and advice.”

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