Welcome to the 111th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. The focus this month is on the diversity of Black experiences for Black History Month.
In preparation for World Menopause Day on the 18th of October, today we are going to be talking about Black Menopause. There is a lack of diverse information available from media outlets and the fact that few high-profile black women have shared their own experiences, it’s really important to focus on this.
To join me in doing this is Nina Kuypers the founder of Black Women in Menopause.
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About my guest Nina Kuypers
Nina noticed that she didn’t have a place to discuss her menopausal experiences with other Black people, it was as though Black people don’t go through menopause. It was also evident that HCP were/are not trained in menopause, as well as the cultural element – this makes the whole process that half the planet goes through even more challenging.
Nina wished that she had known more and this is why she set up a safe supportive environment, as well as providing educational events for black people and people of colour to share their experiences and learn from professionals about menopause and the associated physical differences on how to cope with, for example, dry coarse thinning hair, polka dot skin or dietary aspects – from a Black professional. Her aim is to raise awareness of menopause, share experiences and provide peer support as well as campaign for improvements in menopause management and treatments.
Menopause is indiscriminate and there is a significant amount of work that needs to be done to ensure menopause is inclusive and representative and that care and education supports and reflects all those directly and indirectly affected by menopause. This is why Black women in menopause are part of the menopause inclusive collective group.
Nina also has a particular passion for health and nutrition with a focus on evidence-based intervention design, development and implementation. She has over 25 years of experience in the health, exercise and nutrition industries.
In today’s show on Black Women in Menopause
- About Nina, her career journey and how she began talking about the connection between Blackness and menopause support. [03:15]
- How she started Black Women In Menopause UK. [09:13]
- The biggest challenges she sees that affects the mental health of women managing menopause. [18:38]
- What workplaces can do to introduce culturally specific support around menopause at work. [25:53]
- Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health perimenopause through to menopause. [31:01]
Quotes related to Black Women in Menopause
- I think it’s important to acknowledge that menopause is going to happen, and that it’s okay to talk about it.
- We need to acknowledge that there are ingrained biases and with a lack of information, it does leave people unsupported during menopause.
- We’ve got to stop with these stigma and taboo about mental health and menopause.
- We’re very complex beings. So we need to proactively protect our mental health but at the same time, understands that it is okay not to be okay.
- It’s important to have a policy, but there’s no good having a policy if it’s not actionable.
Connect with my guest and learn more about Black Women in Menopause
- Sign Up for the ‘Meno Muse’ Letter
- The website Black Women in Menopause
- Black Women in Menopause on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Community and Eventbrite.
- Menopause Inclusion Collective
- Next Event: Know Your Pelvic Floor for Menopause and Beyond
- Watch: British Athletics Noir Voices: The M in Me
- Read: 5 Black and Asian British women share their menopause experiences – including BWM
- Listen: A conversation about education around menopause with Nina
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