“I don’t know why people expect me to whisper about it!” one woman said to me over a Zoom call. “It’s just a bloody hot flush isn’t it? It’s natural. There’s no need to be embarrassed!”.

She is right. I’ve been talking to many women over the last few months about their experiences. Those conversations have been a real joy and a privilege — I’m thankful to everyone to whom I spoke.

Loud and clear, I heard this message: we need to smash the stigma around the menopause.

Women need to talk. Families need to talk. Employers need to talk.

Becky Cotton

Founder at Lumino. MBA from Cambridge University. Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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