Niki recommends a mix of resources for women going through the menopause transition. Niki is the author of ‘This Changes Everything,’ the must-have guide to perimenopause and menopause for every woman. This is a really good place for women to start, as Niki shares the latest specialist research and advice, along with personal stories from real women, answering the most important questions women have about menopause.
The Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) has a useful website monitored by doctors and health care professionals, with special interest in women’s health in midlife and menopause. Whether you are looking for information on perimenopause, MRT/HRT or alternatives, or how to locate a doctor specialising in women’s health, the AMS provides accurate, evidence-based information to the wider Australasian community.
Niki also recommends the use of apps like ‘Balance’ which allows you to track your symptoms and access personalised expert content.
Regular exercise can also be very helpful. For some, this might involve going to the gym or working with a personal trainer who understands the affect menopause has both on the body and overall fitness. For other’s wanting to exercise in their own space and time, there are numerous online fitness apps that can offer strength training for home and the gym, HIIT workouts, yoga, and age-appropriate mobility, balance, agility and core workouts. Having access to trainers and services who understand this life stage is crucial for a more comfortable and effective fitness journey.
Niki’s ultimate goal is for menopause to be normalised and discussed consistently beyond Menopause Awareness Month. Menopause, often misunderstood and not spoken about for generations, should be part of regular conversation, eliminating any discomfort around it.
Understanding menopause is essential for everyone, regardless of gender or age, as it is a normal life stage for half of the world’s population. Its impact extends beyond the individual experiencing it, and support from friends, family and others is essential.
According to Niki, menopause as an opportunity, or a transitional moment for women to reflect on how we want the next phase of our lives to unfold. Rather than focusing solely on the challenges and symptoms, it is a chance to reset and envision how we want to feel and live for the rest of our lives.