Jane Campion talks menopause

Though Top of the Lake series two is available to binge-watch on iPlayer, I’m going to savour this one, take each of the six episodes slowly. It’s beautifully shot, strange and brilliant. And: Elisabeth Moss. Superb in The Handmaid’s Tale she is excellent as detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Nicole Kidman is outstanding, too. Anyhow,Read more

Making it through the menopause, one drink at a time…

Enjoying a drink with an old journalist friend of mine, we couldn’t help but mention the differing affect alcohol has on the body during menopause. Our main concern being: is it possible to carry on drinking without things turning into a Hot Flush Fest? I’d just been reading Christa Da Souza’s book and the author of The Hot TopicRead more

Does our taste in scents change with the change?

It’s a funny thing. I used to adore woody, spicy, leathery scents laced with dirty old patchouli. But since the menopause, I’ve gone lighter and – whisper it – floral – says Vicci Bentley. Am I getting frilly in my dotage? If I am, I’m not alone – friends keep mentioning this is happening toRead more

At what age can women look the age they are? Quote of the week from Suzanne Moore

In a fantastic piece for the Guardian, journalist Suzanne Moore talks about the pressure to look a certain way and how this affects women and men of all ages and is ‘no longer confined to youth.’ Moore is a brilliant, no-bullshit, award-winning writer and she emphasizes the celebrity-driven focus on appearance rather than talent, abilityRead more

Hot Flush Fashion – are we supposed to dress a certain way during menopause?

I hate all those style rules. That’s what I told the Telegraph when they asked me for advice on ‘navigating fashion through the menopause.’ Style is an individual thing. It’s not about dressing your age, it’s about dressing for your body shape. And being comfortable. Yes, body shape changes around the menopause – mine has,Read more

Creative women at work: Amelia Bullmore

Actor Amelia Bullmore has appeared in some of my favourite TV programmes: Coronation Street ( Steph Barnes ), I’m Alan Partridge (girlfriend Sonja ) and Twenty Twelve ( Kay Hope ) – we’ll come onto Happy Valley in a minute. And so, it’s quite surprising, then, that when we met at a Pilates class, a couple of years ago, I didn’t evenRead more

Caryn Franklin talks menopause

Caryn Franklin has written a brilliant, positive piece on the menopause for Refinery 29. Describing the unique physical and mental affects of what she calls ‘a mind-blowing midlife recalibration – one with a valuable message of growth and expansion,’ the esteemed fashion journalist/activist/broadcaster explains how she addressed her work-life balance by focusing on personal strengthsRead more

Bra shopping as an older woman

  My bra history goes like this: young, flat-chested and embarrassed, I would guess my size and grab the first bra I could find in M&S , rather than actually seeking advice or trying anything on. Older, saggier and less concerned about what other people think, I’m more inclined to loiter in underwear departments, demanding attentionRead more

How to avoid looking like a hot menopausal mess

“It’s too mild, I’m menopausal … you just want a cold wind up you,” said the divine Kathy Burke on Have I Got News For You , last week. We had the hottest October on record and Burke was voicing what every woman over the age of 50 has been thinking for the past four weeks. When oestrogen has left theRead more

Mammograms, menopause and stuff

Yesterday, I had my first mammogram test. That Is My Age. Now that I’m over-50, I will have one every three years until I’m 73 (after which, it’s down to me to make the appointment). I LOVE the NHS and realise how fortunate I am to be offered this regular, life-saving, breast screening. For theRead more