Stacy London talks about menopause in an exclusive interview
Whether Stacy London the face looks familiar to you, so you might have been a fan of TLC in the beginning, when his hit show, What not to wear, debuted on the popular network. When it ended after 10 seasons, the star stylist took some time off to prioritize her health, including undergoing spinal surgery to treat chronic back pain. Fast forward a few years, and London is now CEO of a company aiming to tackle what she calls a “crisis” in healthcare. Read on to find out what she said Better life about his mission – and why many people suffer “for no reason”.
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The years after What not to wear The end was not easy for London: after her back surgery in 2016, she faced depression and financial problems. Then in 2018, her father died after a months-long illness during which “I was in the hospital every other day”, as she said. People. At the same time, she suffered from night sweats, mood swings and forgetfulness so severe that she wondered if she was developing early Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, she was in perimenopause – the period before menopause, which is defined as the cessation of your period for a full year.
“It never occurred to me that what was happening… had a reason,” London said. Better life. “The symptoms of menopause are so disconnected that if you don’t understand what’s going on, you might dismiss any symptom as something else. You’re tired or anxious because you’re ready for a new job… There are so many things that you wouldn’t automatically link to menopause.”
The experience led London to embark on a new adventure as CEO of State of Menopause, a company dedicated to helping people “feel their best through menopause”.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) “only recognizes two medical symptoms of menopause: hot flashes and vaginal dryness,” London says. “There are 34 common symptoms of menopause that the FDA ignores.” These include headaches, burning mouth, fatigue, joint pain, trouble sleeping, thinning hair, weight gain, overactive bladder, brain fog, and anxiety.
“I mean, let’s start with those,” she said. “It’s enough to make someone feel off balance. When you have anxiety that goes through the roof, you have depression and rage. It’s like you become a version of yourself that is completely foreign to you.”
A survey commissioned by State of Menopause found that a whopping 73% of women are not dealing with their menopausal symptoms, something London aims to change through her work. “Seventy-three percent of women who don’t address their menopause issues are actually a combination of ignorance and embarrassment,” she said. Better life.
“We don’t have enough conversations about it. We haven’t normalized the conversation, which to me is very different from de-stigmatizing it,” London says. “Normalizing it is about encouraging people to talk with their partner, doctor, family and friends in a way that allows for a support system.”
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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the things that can help with many symptoms of menopause, but many people have been scared off by HRT, London says. (Some studies have found a possible link between HRT and certain cancers.) “I think women have been doing bullshit for years because hormones have been reviled since the 90s, when in fact it’s a whole small percentage of the population who may not take them,” she notes. “Why we make women suffer for no reason is insane. To me it is appalling.”
State of Menopause offers a plethora of products designed to help people manage their menopause symptoms. “If you can’t take hormones, if you don’t want to take them, or if you can’t afford hormones… what are your options? asks London. “We need things that are affordable and effective.”
“There’s a much bigger conversation here than just menopause,” says London Better life. “I see menopause as a crisis of confidence.” And that’s where her current business meets her past as a stylist. “I’m not known for being into wellness,” she admits. “I’m known for being a stylist, but…I’ve never been preoccupied with clothes. It was what clothes can do about? [It] has always been a business of self-awareness, self-esteem and self-love.”
London says she is frustrated by the perception that women are worthless once their fertile years are over. “Women aren’t baby farms — that’s not our only goal,” she says. “We value youth because we are fertile. This is how we advance the advancement of the human race. But societally, culturally, women over 40 don’t make substantial contributions to our society? is ridiculous! Of course we are.”
With State of Menopause, London is helping to change the narrative around middle age and menopause. “We need to reassess [middle age] as being a huge opportunity,” she says. “The middle is the best part of the book, it’s the best part of the plot. That’s when you have a twist!”
If you have any of the 34 symptoms of menopause, you should talk to your doctor about your options and check out the State of Menopause line of products designed to help you with everything from breast tenderness to painful sex.