When you hear the word ‘menopause’ it’s hard not to picture a middle-aged woman facing hot flushes and night sweats. But, what happens when you experience the menopause at a considerably younger age?
6% of women enter an early menopause, either naturally, surgically or as a result of cancer treatment.
An article published on World Menopause Day (18th October) by Glamour magazine follows the story of a young girl named Annabel May who found herself experience menopause at the tender age of 15.
The article details that, at first, Annabel’s struggle to come to terms with the menopause at such a young age was difficult. However, as she grew older she began to recognise what support platforms were available;
“Hot Flush, formed in 2016, by two menopausal, frustrated and overwhelmed superwomen, created a colourful platform to positively discuss menopause, and through their #PositivePause campaign supported by Kegel8, [Annabel] gained the opportunity to share [her] voice and [her] unique story.”
#PositivePause was a week-long campaign that concluded on World Menopause Day. It aimed to raise awareness of the positive aspects of menopause, and how women can take control of it.