In the thrirteenth episode of season three of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to founder of MegsMenopause Meg Matthews.
Meg turned fifty and began to experience the first symptoms of the menopause. She was shocked at the lack of support and understanding shown to women during this time in their lives and made it her mission to break the stigma around the menopause.
An icon of the nineties Brit Pop scene, Meg Mathews is a former music industry PR, events planner and designer turned entrepreneur and advocate for the menopause.
For the past few years, Meg has continued her mission on female empowerment and supporting women through the menopause. Her overall goal is to educate the general public more about the menopause as it is a greatly underrepresented subject and is not talked about enough in the media.
Meg talks to Annie and Louise about life growing up in Guernsey, growing up in South Africa and the great outdoors and being active from an early age. She talks about the colourful 80's & 90's Brit Pop scene and life as a very well recognised IT girl and how the media has not always been kind to her.
She has recently moved to Cornwall and has instantly immersed herself into the community and has loved getting to know the local open water mermaid swimming group. Meg is a massive advocate of open water swimming for her anxiety and has regularly taken cold showers every week over the last 10 years. She describes it as her daily cold water swim as her re-set and that for up to 6-8 hours she feels real calm.
Meg was diagnosed with osteoporosis relatively young aged 47 after she broke her wrist in a fall. She was both shocked and frightened to receive her DEXA scan result as she had seen how this devastating illness had affected her mother, who died of the disease.
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