Dr. Carmen Brown: Demystifying Menopause — Understanding the Transition | Bouncing Back #37

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Dr. Carmen Brown, a highly experienced obstetrician and gynecologist

Menopause is often stigmatized and misunderstood, leading to feelings of shame, embarrassment, and isolation among women going through this natural transition. Promoting education and awareness about menopause can help society dispel myths, reduce stigma, and foster empathy and support for women navigating this stage of life.

Meet Dr. Carmen Brown

Dr. Carmen Brown is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist with 20 years of experience in Women’s Health. She has worked in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia for 7 years. Dr. Carmen is passionate about rural or regional health care, reducing health disparities, and health literacy. Outside of work, you can find Dr. Carmen walking, hiking, or at the beach with her family.

About the episode

Menopause marks a significant phase in a woman’s life, signaling the end of reproductive years. It’s a natural and normal transition, yet often shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. Menopause is not a disease or a condition to fear. It’s a part of a woman’s life that deserves attention and understanding.

Dr. Carmen explained the role of estrogen in the menopause transition, affecting various parts of the body, from the brain to the skin. As estrogen levels decrease, women may experience a wide range of symptoms, including mood changes, joint aches, and changes in skin condition. It’s crucial to understand that menopause symptoms extend beyond the commonly known hot flashes and night sweats.

Society’s portrayal of menopause often focuses on the negatives, contributing to fear and anxiety around this life stage. However, some cultures view menopause as transitioning to a new phase of wisdom and respect. According to Dr. Carmen, embracing this perspective can help women approach menopause more positively.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for managing menopause symptoms, several strategies can help. Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, play a crucial role. For those experiencing severe symptoms, consulting with healthcare professionals for personalized advice is essential.

Support from partners, family, and friends is vital during the menopause transition. Open communication about what one is experiencing can help build understanding and empathy, easing the journey. Menopause support groups and online resources can provide valuable information and community support.

Menopause is not just about managing physical symptoms. It’s also an opportunity for personal growth and resilience. Finding practices that promote mental and emotional well-being, such as mindfulness or journaling, can be beneficial. Embracing this phase with grace and positivity can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life experience.

In conclusion

Menopause is a natural part of life that all women will experience. Understanding the transition, managing symptoms effectively, and cultivating a supportive environment can help women navigate menopause confidently and positively. Society should destigmatize menopause and celebrate it as an important life transition for women. Promoting positive aging narratives can contribute to a more inclusive and supportive environment for women during this transformative phase of life.

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