“But who the hell took my shot!” Eva and her classmates look at each other when Asa throws another tantrum. They know she'll be in a better mood soon. Eva herself remembers exactly what it was like: menopause. But mood swings begin to affect the work environment and the work team. How should they behave?
clarification: Source Mattia
“We are open for general discussion.”
Nina Sommerfeld, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Founder of Noonakliniken:
“The most important thing is to have the courage to talk about it. Menopause is something all women have to go through.
Colleagues can open a public discussion about their own experiences and see if it holds up.
Of course, you have to be a little careful, but they can say, “I think I understand what you're going through, I've been through the same thing myself. If you want, I'd be happy to talk about it.”
Traditionally, it has been taboo and somewhat shameful to talk about menopause.
In Western culture, she is seen as somewhat “done” as a woman.
In Asian cultures, for example, menopause is associated with something positive.
More okay to talk about today
But I feel like it's becoming more and more acceptable to talk about menopause here too. It's actually a normal part of life.
I don't think Åsa necessarily views colleagues as intrusive if they raise this issue.
It is also not certain that she herself feels that her problems are related to menopause.
Most women know that their periods stop and that they may experience hot flashes, but not everyone knows that hormonal changes begin early.
Much can be done about problems
Many women feel psychological symptoms before they experience hot flashes. For example, mood swings often come before menstruation stops.
Colleagues can advise Åsa that there is much that can be done about these issues.
The idea of suffering through menopause is very strange.
One definitely should not bite the bullet and suffer from hot flashes and poor night sleep as this may lead to further health problems.
It is possible to get help
A gynecologist has a lot to offer! For example, we can prescribe hormones that are usually very effective.
But there's also a lot you can do on your own, like reviewing your stress level, diet, and exercise.
Only exercise has been shown to be effective against menopausal symptoms.
But the most important thing is knowing that there is help to be had.
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