By Guest Contributor Kate Usher
Kate Usher is a Menopause and Relationships Coach, working with women on the successful creation, development and growth of personal and career relationships during this period of intense and unpredictable change. Today we talk to her about how COVID19 and the Menopause have worked together and against each other.
Whilst there is no argument that Covid-19 is the most severe health crisis this generation has ever experienced, Menopause remains a life-changing event for all women and those they interact with. It really is the case that you will either experience the Menopause directly as a woman or indirectly by knowing and interacting with women. It’s that ubiquitous.
How hormones play their part
If you are one of the many women struggling with the changes that the Menopause brings, along with the array of symptoms – some troubling and others devastating – the additional stress brought about by the current situation can negatively amplify everything.
As your ovaries’ hormone production declines, your adrenal glands step in to assist with its creation. Under normal circumstances that would be fine. However, during stressful times your adrenal glands produce cortisol and adrenalin, the evolutionary ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response to the proverbial sabre-toothed tiger. All production of oestrogen and progesterone stops while the perceived threat is present. Critically so does our immune system.
All of the above would be unfortunate if it wasn’t for the fact that progesterone helps us process and manage the impact of cortisol. Which effectively means the more stressed we get the less able we are to manage it, and, importantly, the longer we have a less than optimal immune system.
The stressful catch-22
In addition to this, stress is toxic to many Menopausal symptoms, driving up levels of severity and impact. This in turn increases stress. The ultimate catch-22.
The potential impact on Menopausal women’s health during this time is considerable, both in the long and short term. Women need to be given an understanding of the actions they can take. Whilst Menopause does not compare to a global pandemic, it is a subject that must be discussed so that women in the second phase of their womanhood can emerge from this period healthy and in control.
To learn more about Menopause, the symptoms and facts, and how to maintain your relationships at work and in your personal life during and after the Menopause, or if you are an employer who wants to support employees during this change, visit Kate’s website or get a copy of her book Your Second Phase.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Usher is a highly experienced Menopause and Relationships Coach, working with women on the successful creation, development and growth of personal and career relationships during this period of intense and unpredictable change. She combines her extensive experience as a corporate change leader and her own Menopausal journey to deliver a uniquely positive approach.
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Learn more about Your Second Phase
Menopause is a fact of every woman’s life. For 75% of women, the symptoms they experience will have a detrimental effect on their ability to work, interact with colleagues and maintain relationships with those they love. It can have a corrosive effect on women’s confidence, social ability and even their sense of self. Moving forward, it is important to create a conversation around menopause and how organizations and individuals can be more empathetic to women at this stage of life.
In this book, Kate explores the best ways to cope with these changes, how to manage new and existing relationships and how to manage your future – all in an accessible and entertaining way.
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