HOW TO TALK ABOUT MENOPAUSE WITH TEENS
With 25 million people entering menopause every year around the globe, a lot of us are in the dark. And, when one generation is in the dark, guess who else ends up in the dark? Yep! You guessed it. The next generation of menopausal mavens and the men that will be their friends, colleagues, partners, spouses, etc.—including today’s teens.
The good news? We—YOU!—can bring menopause into the light, smashing the taboo and changing the narrative. Get your copy of our eBook to help you have the "M" talk.
If teens understand that menstruation and menopause are normal parts of life that may be something to be annoyed by, but aren’t something to be feared, the more comfortable they will be with their own bodies.
The Four S's: Secrecy, Shame, Silence, and Stigma have made menopause a taboo topic. The reality is that society pressures women with anti-aging and diet culture messages. Doctors promote prescription meds instead of informing us about the variety of menopause treatment options.
And, if you’re like me, you got “the talk” about puberty but menopause has been mums the word. So, why would we get all gabby about this last stop on our reproductive journey with our teens when we, ourselves, haven’t even been able to voice our concerns or issues let alone get the education we need?
“When we [enter menopause] even just basically educated about it and realistically prepared and supported, we will have better experiences.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Learning that most women enter the stages of menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 with the average age being 51, PauseMeNot founder, Jyl Johnson Pattee, set out in her mid-forties to find a one-stop-shop where she could gather information, get educated, connect with women in a similar life situation, and purchase the best of the best products to minimize the effects of menopause’s many symptoms. She found that few sites existed and none that offered an all-in-one experience. Worse, she experienced the taboo when talking to or asking friends questions about menopause—an issue that impacts 25 million women globally each year—6,000 each day in the US alone.
So, Jyl is on a mission to break the taboo by starting a candid conversation about menopause. PauseMeNot focuses on empowering women with the information, education, connection, and product reviews they need to make the most of midlife by living with a “don’t let your limitations limit you” attitude while moving through menopause.
According to Jyl, “Women feel a lot of pressure to look, feel, and act like they’re 29 as they move through the aging process. But, when we have information available to make positive choices, like learning to love and take care of our bodies through all stages of life, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in our homes and communities as well as around the globe regardless of our age. After all, empowered women empower the world.”