Susanne had suffered bad menopausal symptoms for five years but really felt that orthodox hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was not for her. She is an Oxford science graduate and has also done an MA in Complementary Health Studies at Exeter university so she decided to research and analyse all the options. She took a critical look at her life ?
what she ate and drank and how she worked and exercised ? and found solutions that worked for her. But it was on a walk with a friend in June 2009 that the thought struck her, all this information could help other women too! With that inspiration, she set out to write her Programme to lead other women along the same path to find what would work for them.
With help from her husband, Menopause Support was rapidly set up as a Community Interest Company, a novel type of business which operates as a not-for-profit social enterprise, so that all its trading profits get ploughed back into its community mission ? to raise awareness of the menopause, to organise the courses on the Programme and to run this website.
The first pilot courses were held in Devon in the Autumn, followed by others in the South West, before the planned expansion across the whole of the UK from 2010 onwards.
The emphasis has always been on giving women the information and confidence to make positive choices about how to take control of their own health through the menopause. All the courses aim to provide objective, evidence-based information and to maintain an unbiased, integrated and balanced approach.
And as for the future? We hope all our group leaders and members will contribute their ideas, so that Menopause Support can continue to meet the real needs of women and their families.