85% of counsellors registered with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) are of menopausal age. A questionnaire prepared by a psychotherapy student from Nottingham University as part of her dissertation on the menopause revealed that most therapists believe that ‘training in and support with the menopause within the professional is “essential.”’ Yet there … More Counsellors and Psychotherapists: Alarming lack of knowledge about the menopause
Following the article, Will YOUR marriage survive the menopause? (adapted from Sex, Meaning and the Menopause) in last week’s Femail section of the Daily Mail, I received an email from a distraught reader. He was very concerned about the state of his own marriage. According to her GP, his wife had gone through the menopause a few … More Marriage, menopause, and the importance of good communication
I woke up this morning feeling as grey as the day. I’m often like this when I’ve come back from a trip on our narrow boat, the Molly May. There’s something special about slowing down the pace of life to three miles an hour, and passing a clutch of new-born ducklings scuttling over the water … More Ducks, narrow boats, and the simple order of things
I found myself surprisingly disturbed as I listened on BBC i-player to Roisin McAuley’s absorbing BBC Radio 4 documentary, Leaving Mr Wrong (available until Mon, Feb 21st). In fact, it would be fair to say that it really hit me between the eyes how marriage has changed since I was born. My mother, and most of her generation, … More Leaving once-upon-a-time-Mr-Right
It’s happened again – another article about how postmenopausal women are really only forty. Have I missed something? No. I haven’t. I just need to reach for a photograph of me at 40 and then look at one of me now, and sorry. I ain’t the same. Fair enough for the Western Mail to point out … More Why 60 is NOT the new 40 for today’s woman, Thank God.
I’ve just read yet another article (this one from Menopause Relief) about how you can ‘cure’ low libido during and after the menopause. Why, when evolution at this time of life naturally lowers libido for many of us, is there this fixation and expectation that older women should automatically need and want sex? Yes. Having thoroughly … More The fixation on sex and the menopause
It’s been just over a month, with Christmas and the New Year thrown in, since Woman’s Hour discussed the latest views on the Menopause and HRT. The reason why I haven’t commented on this before now is because I wanted time to reflect on what was said, and also to stop feeling cross. While I understand … More Woman’s Hour on the menopause made me cross