Together with Dr Clare Spencer, the pair launched the online platform and clinic earlier this year, after being inspired by Normoyle’s own experience of going through the menopause. “I found it really hard to get easy-to-understand, scientifically-proven or evidence-based information and advice on menopausal symptoms, all in one place,” she says.
For Normoyle, brands and advertisers could be a real force for good in helping to change the conversation, but so far any attempts have been relatively lacklustre.
“Knowledge really is power, so a key part of our purpose is to empower women with information and advice about the menopause so that they can make informed choices about what’s right for them,” says Helen Normoyle, co-founder of My Menopause Centre and former CMO of Boots.
Normoyle says one of the main reasons for this is the level of taboo that still exists in society around the topic. Citing research My Menopause Centre conducted with Britain Thinks, she says they found that 47% of people believe it’s still an unspoken topic. In the workplace it’s even worse, with 67% of women feeling as though the menopause could impact their careers, and that talking to employers about their symptoms was almost impossible.
“There are some really strong negative consequences for many women who aren’t prepared or informed about the changes they go through, such as in their work life, their sex life, their relationships, and their social relationships.”