Make an appointment with your doctor
Many women start by meeting with their general medical provider to discuss the changes they are experiencing. Alternatively, you can meet with a provider that specializes in women’s health such as an OB/GYN. There are providers that specialize in caring for women in menopause so research online or ask around for specialists.
- For menopause providers in the United States, you can search the NAMS database
- For a menopause provider in the U.K., meet with your GP through the NHS or go through a private provider if you have private health coverage. You may be referred to a gynecologist who specializes in menopause
Seek Out Mental Health Support
Menopause is a time of significant physical change. However, midlife can also be a stressful time in general. Between caregiving, careers, and increased demands of your time, it can be difficult to navigate menopause changes on top of normal life. You may be referred to a psychologist that can help you learn techniques such as coping strategies and self-talk.
- You can find a therapist in the United States via the American Psychological Association
- For counselors near you in the U.K., search this directory
Join an Online Community
Not everyone in your life may understand what you’re going through. Your friends might be at a different life stage, or they might have a totally different experience of menopause than you. The beauty of everyone being connected via smartphones and social media is that it can connect people who often don’t have access to peer groups. Talking with other women going through menopause and connecting with experts from your phone can bring make you feel supported, heard, and understood. Caria is an app where you can connect with other women in menopause, ask questions, and find holistic health experts for support. It also helps you track your symptoms and find recipes, courses, and audio guides to reduce your symptoms.
Consider Alternative Therapies
Women can benefit from a number of different therapies during menopause. For example, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and personal trainers can all support women in menopause. When you are searching for an alternative care provider, make sure they are a part of an organization that offers certification and imposes regulations such as continuing education. To find certified nutritionists, fitness trainers, and mindfulness teachers that specialize in menopause, download the Caria app. You can also search some directories for acupuncture practitioners in the US and the UK.