Podcast Ep 3. Menopause with Shirley
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In this episode, we talk to Shirley Weir, founder of Menopause Chicks - an online community of nearly 8000 women. Shirley joins us from Vancouver, BC in Canada and an eye-opening conversation about menopause ensues.
Joella: Shirley is tuning in to chat with us about her experiences, knowledge and of course her recently published book called “Mokita” which means the elephant in the room. She’s the founder of Menopausechicks.com and has been featured by sharecare (Dr.OZ site) and the Oprah Winfrey network as well Healthline magazine. Shirley from reading your book; the name of the book means elephant in the room so could you please tell us a bit more about it and how you started menopausechicks.com and grew it to a community of 7000+ people?
Shirley: Menopausechicks actually grew out of my own experiences, when I was around age 39, I remember my boobs start to heart and I immediately thought, I must be pregnant, even though my husband had a vasectomy. Noone had told me about the hormone fluctuations that happen in perimenopause.
I couldn’t find the community for me, who's the go-to trusted resource that would recognize that I'm fairly confident, smart, savvy woman who wants to be proactive about my own health?
So I created it! It’s called menopausechicks, we field 13-15K comments a month!
Joella: When you don’t find it yourself, you know you just have to start it right?
Shirley: In the early days I thought, this was something that just needs to be talked about. But what I learned is that it’s not just cracking open the conversation, that we actually desperately need to change the conversation, because menopause and perimenopause are under-discussed and under-researched and are ladened with a lot of myths, misconceptions and stereotypes.
Be sure to check out the full podcast with Shirley to learn about her story on starting a safe community that helps women help other women as they go through their perimenopause and menopause journey.If you like this podcast and would like to hear more on topics regarding women’s health, be sure to subscribe on iTunes for regular podcast updates.