The ex-wife of Oasis’ singer Noel Gallagher Meg Mathews has many titles to her name. She started her career in fashion PR and then moved to music management then off to become an interior designer. Most recently, Meg joined PETA and also was campaigning to raise menopause awareness.
One in 1000 women will experience symptoms of menopause in their 30s. One in 100, will experience menopause symptoms in their forties.
Her new website megsmenopause.com is an open source website offering information and advice dedicated to an honest and frank discussion of all things menopause.
I spoke to Meg Mathews about her current projects:
Q: How did you decide to speak out about your experience with menopause?
A: When I hit my menopause, I had no idea what to expect. I thought I will have no periods – cool – and some hot flashes, which is fine. But as I was going through menopause, it was so horrible. I was very emotionally unstable and had such terrible anxiety… I thought I had a ‘mid-life-crisis’ at 49. There are 32 symptoms of anxiety but we only ever hear about two! Most significantly, the majority of women are not even aware they are going through menopause and can’t get the help they need.
One in 1000 women will experience symptoms of menopause in their 30s. One in 100, will experience menopause symptoms in their forties. Most of them will not know what is happening to their bodies. So, I feel very strongly about it.
Q: Is that your focus at the moment?
A: Yes. I am very outspoken on the subject. I’m currently preparing for the menopause Conference that will take place on 18th of May at the Central Hall Westminster. I do a lot of talks, especially in the city, where I meet business owners and CEO’s and talk about the issue and how to support working menopausal women. Things like flexible working hours are very important as some women experience terrible anxiety and take out their holidays to just stay at home and deal with it. As a result, productivity falls and impacts the bottom line.