Who’d be a woman hey? We spend our lives fighting against the monthly battle that is the menstrual cycle, and when it finally comes to the time to get rid of it, we then have to face the menopause. Hot sweats, sleepless nights, hair loss, reduced sex drive, low moods, difficulty sleeping, oh its a whole barrel of laughs. And despite the fact that all women have, or will experience it, the fact that our situation is always different can mean it feels like a lonely time. But that need not be the case.
Emma Guy is a fully trained acupuncturist and is also the Menopausal Godmother. She face menopause after beating breast cancer, but used her skills as an acupuncturist to create the Guy Protocol, an acupuncture treatment devised primarily to help cancer sufferers who were also facing the menopause, delivering treatment to thousands of women in hospices. She set up the website ‘The Menopausal Godmother‘ as another way to help woman who feel very lost and alone whilst trying to navigate menopause.
As the website explains, The Menopausal Godmother was set up to support women going through the menopause. Emma felt that much advice already on offer concentrated on the negative and stereotypes associated with the menopause and that this was damaging. She set a mission is to change the narrative around the menopause.
The group is made up of experts, and women who are or have experienced the menopause, who can share their experiences and advice with others. You simply join by subscribing, and are then added to the Facebook group which is a safe space for your questions, to air your worries, or to ask for advice. Some woman don’t feel they can ask the questions they need to, even to their doctors, but here there is no judgement, just useful advice that can really help make life easier. The website is also a feast of useful information and discussion on the wider implications – i.e. looking at how menopause can affect your relationship with your partner, or looking at perimenopause for those who seem to be having the symptoms, but feel they could be too young.
The Menopausal Godmother is a godsend for women who have lots of unanswered questions that they are struggling to voice.