Shhhhh… don’t say the M word

Tara Wilken
3 min readOct 21, 2021

The natural occurrence no one wants to talk about.

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I’m in my early 40’s. I’m a lot closer to menopause than not. But it has become a dirty, taboo word.

Especially in the US a lot of women and most companies would like to pretend menopause doesn’t exist.

However there are starting to be more companies and even some countries starting to talk more about menopause and the impact on the workforce, but there is still a huge stigma around it.

The U.K is ahead of the US and has even conducted research and studies on how menopause affects the workforce. A 2019 study by British United Provident Association Limited (BUPA) was cited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, (CIPD), a London-based association for human resource management professionals, reckoned almost 900,000 women in the U.K left the workforce because of menopausal systems. (Bloomberg Equality)

I’m willing to bet the number was actually higher in the U.K. and would be higher still if the same study was conducted in the US.

And for so many women they don’t even feel comfortable talking about it themselves, let alone in a job setting.

I want to help change that both professionally and in personal settings.



Tara Wilken

Well-Being Curator. Empowering high achievers with easy, practical self-care resources. So you can spend time with people who matter.