Here are some resources we have come across and have been suggested to us: we continue to add to this list. We encourage you to have a look here and do some investigating in your library, on the web and through your doctor, health professional and to talk with other women about their experiences.
She Listens does not recommend a particular course of 'action' rather we would like to share different approaches and stories of women's experience with the aim of promoting well being.
We've divided the resources into six categories to help you peruse the material in your ongoing exploration of the menopause journey...
Organisations and Reports
Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women's health across Australia through every life stage.
Australasian Menopause Society
Members of the Australasian Menopause Society Limited (AMS) are doctors and other health care professionals who each have a special interest in women's health in midlife and menopause and the promotion of healthy ageing.
Circle In, with the support of the Victorian Women’s Trust, surveyed more than 700 people about their experience of menopause in the workplace – and the results are shocking!
Ourselves at Work Creating Positive Menstrual Culture in your Workplace.
This is a comprehensive guide for how to dismantle the menstrual and menopausal taboo in workplaces, and replace it with a culture that embraces menstrual and whole of life wellbeing.
The Chalice Foundation mission is to promote a positive menstrual culture for the benefit of us all.
Books for the Journey (fiction and non-fiction)
Menopause, Me and You: The Sound of Women Pausing
By Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum, Ann M Voda
About Bloody Time The Menstrual Revolution We have to Have by Karen Pickering & Jane Bennett
Wise Power Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority Purpose and Belonging by Alexander Pope & Sjane Hugo Wurlitzer
The M Word - How to thrive in menopause by Ginni Mansberg
The Wisdom of Menopause by Christine Northrup M.D.
New Menopausal Years: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90
Changing Woman: Understanding Perimenopause - eBook by Charlotte Young
Travelling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Monk Kidd
The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh
Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories About the Wise Woman by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Crone Initiation - Women Speak on the Menopause Journey Ed Kay louise Aldred, Pat Daly & Trista Hendren
Grandmothers: Essays by 21st Century Grandmothers ed by Helen Elliot
Crossing to Avalon by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D
Hagitude Reimagining the Second Half of Life
If Women Rose Rooted, by Sharon Blackie
Under the Quandong Tree, by Minmia
Kissing the Hag: The Dark Goddess and the Unacceptable Nature of Women by Emma Restall Orr
Menopause – a Biocultural Perspective by Lynnette Leidy Sievert
The Rhythms of Women’s Desire – how female sexuality unfolds at every stage of life by Elizabeth Davis
Podcasts, Blogs and Websites
Fertility Friday podcast episode with Alexandra Pope on The Wisdom of Menopause
Menopause While Black hosted by UK based Karen Arthur
Women of a Certain Age podcast
Lara Owen Blog : thought provoking articles on menopause
Podcast with Penny Van-Der-Sluys interviewing Libby Chow on Giving Voice to Menopause
Wendy Sweet website
Menopause is the essential gateway into good health as we age and its time everyone learned how to position menopause in wellness, not sickness.
The Making of Giving Voice to Menopause, Libby Chow reflects on her peri menopause and the making of our film in the latest VWT Blog.
Peanut Menopause app, is a safe space where you can find support and information.
Embodiments Dance Drum Circle (She Listens's Sarah Miller 's website)
Creating safe and sacred spaces for you to come home to your body and the body of the earth.
Red School Future of Feminine Spirituality & Leadership Discover the power & magic of Menstruality
For women 40+ to own the process of their midlife transformation and to claim pleasure and power as an integral part of this life phase.
The Menstrual Taboo blog post from The Chalice foundation
What working women want blog post from The Chalice Foundation
Menopause is an opportunity blog post from The Chalice Foundation
TV Film Theatre
A play by Ilbijerri Theatre
Insight: Season 2020 Episode 30
Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause
Fleabag- Season 2 Episode 3 (for a specific discussion on menopause!)
Sex Education Season 2 finale (for a discussion on perimenopause) available on Netflix
Publications (Journals & Articles)
The UK government may have rejected menopause protections – but workplaces are more supportive than ever
The Conversation article February 6th 2023
Naomi, Gwyneth, Serena: The ‘menopower’ movement lights up
SMH article February 10th 2023
Perimenopause: buckle up girls!
Editorial by Jo Pybus Hercanberra.com.au
Introducing Maga a series of articles by Jane Hardwicke Collings on menopause
Breaking the Taboo by Jo Pybus
Women’s Midlife Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers original and review articles focused on the physical and mental health of women during midlife, including articles on aging, reproductive aging and their inter-relationship. The journal focuses on research that provides new insights into the health transitions that occur during midlife, welcoming research that examines the vulnerabilities and opportunities during this life stage and their consequences for healthy aging.
'That is not me. I am so zen’: Could Gen Y break the menopause taboo?
Sydney Morning Herald 2/9/21
This Is Your Brain On Menopause by Dr Sarah McKay 26/4/21
The Blessings of Surgical Menopause by She Listens Sarah Miller
Article on the importance of talking openly about menopause with your family Herald Scotland 28/8/21
Encounters with Aging – mythologies of menopause in Japan and North America by Margaret Lock. An examination of the framing of middle age as pathology, the medicalization of female life cycle and critique of mind-body split.
Women’s Health in/and Work: Menopause as an Intersectional Experience by Kathleen Riach and Gavin Jack, in Intersectional Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This paper employs an intersectional lens to explore menopausal experiences of women working in the higher education and healthcare sectors in Australia.
Menarche & Menstruality
Wild Power by Alexandra Pope & Sjane Hugo Wurlitzer
and their Red School online course including Menopause the Great Awakener
Fertility Friday : great podcast on all things menstrual
Her Blood is Gold by Lara Owen
Lucy Peach : Feminist folk-pop singer songwriter
Dignified Menopause- A Global Perspective, 8 Dec 2021 The Dignified Menopause initiative aims to widen the current lens by facilitating debate and fostering connections between advocates, activists, allies and campaigners from all corners of the globe. It seeks to promote womb to tomb dignity for everyone.
Autumn Woman, Harvest Queen is a one-day workshop in which to explore (PERI-)MENOPAUSE as a powerful rite of passage in a woman’s life, often feared and misunderstood.
MoonSong Workshop is a one day workshop exploring the cyles as they live in you- through the menstrual cycle, in the moon and her phases, and the earth and her seasons. Menopause is mapped within this cyclical framework.