This past weekend I was part of an intimate menopause conversation with six other women ranging in age from thirty-something to sixty-something.

One woman asked “when will menopause stop being funny?”

Sure we laugh at the office about hot flash jokes and whirring fans; and sure we go to live theatre and laugh at the clever scripts artfully portrayed; and sure we laugh at the standup comics seeing the humour in our women troubles, because there is a lot of material.

But where are the serious conversations?

I’ll repeat the research statistics coming from the award-winning documentary Hot Flash Havoc:

1. Estrogen impacts over 400 functions in the female body.

2. 75% of menopausal women report issues around sex.

3. 1.9 billion women AND THEIR families are dealing with debilitating peri-menopause symptoms like mood swings and depression right now.

Not so funny really.


Meet Deborah Kerr. She's a huge advocate for patient-focused healthcare. After twenty years of store management in community pharmacy, and ten years of corporate management for independent pharmacy, she developed an itch. The more she scratched, the more it spread. Why does menopause take so many women by surprise? Why does it have the ability to impact relationships, and families, and workplaces. It's insidious. She found herself shouting, "there has to be a better way".

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