World Menopause Day 2022
Cloverleaf is proud to support World Menopause Day, which this year focuses on brain fog.
Menopausal brain fog is a group of symptoms that happens around the time of the menopause, including difficulty remembering words and numbers, trouble concentrating, difficulty switching between tasks, and forgetting appointments and events.
Research studies find that women’s memory does in fact change at menopause, so these complaints are real – it's not in your imagination. Brain fog is normal, common at midlife and usually resolves post-menopause.
These memory complaints may be caused by rising and falling hormone levels, especially oestrogen, and by some menopause symptoms, like hot flushes, sleep disturbances and mood changes.
Watching your weight, maintaining healthy blood pressure and daily physical activity can all help to keep the brain healthy, along with minimising stress, getting a good night’s sleep, learning a new skill and staying socially engaged.
At Cloverleaf, we support staff experiencing menopause through our Menopause Cafe. Service Manager Sarah Roberts shares her thoughts:
We began the Menopause Café at the beginning of lockdown. This came about from a survey we did with our staff around women’s health, which highlighted that we have lots of older women in our staff teams, and the effects menopause can have on women’s work and home life.
The menopause café ethos is that women, and anyone who wants to know more about how to support women with the menopause, can come together in a safe, comfortable space to talk and get support from each other.
We meet monthly and each month has a theme, such as Foods for the Menopause, HRT vs Herbal Supplements, Wellbeing, Support in the workplace. Many women attend the group and have shared their stories about their experiences of menopause and other health issues, and what support they need from us as an organisation.
Women have told us that they never spoke about their symptoms at work before attending the group, and have told us how beneficial the café has been for them. For some women, it was the first time they had been able to speak openly about their symptoms and how they have affected them.
This World Menopause Day we are treating our members to a little gift in the post to make them smile and we are holding our café as usual.