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Opening a well overdue conversation about diversity in Menopause. Placing the menopausal experience of Black UK based women front and centre by sharing their stories. Giving a hug, a hand or a high five to those supporting, dreading, suffering or thriving through menopause. Because, believe it or not, there's a lot to celebrate too! 

Hosted by Karen Arthur.

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Join the  @Menopause Whilst Black conversation on Instagram. 

Artwork: Kareem Arthur

Music: The Garden State by @audiobinger

Menopause Whilst Black Karen Arthur

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

Opening a well overdue conversation about diversity in Menopause. Placing the menopausal experience of Black UK based women front and centre by sharing their stories. Giving a hug, a hand or a high five to those supporting, dreading, suffering or thriving through menopause. Because, believe it or not, there's a lot to celebrate too! 

Hosted by Karen Arthur.

Menopause Whilst Black  favourite tunes Spotify playlist

Join the  @Menopause Whilst Black conversation on Instagram. 

Artwork: Kareem Arthur

Music: The Garden State by @audiobinger

    I come from a place of joy - say 'YES' with your chest!

    I come from a place of joy - say 'YES' with your chest!

    Menopause Whist Black Season SIX Episode 1! We're BAAAAACK! 
    Our guest this week is @theKarenArthur - ex teacher and fashion designer, now broadcaster and founder of this podcast @menopausewhilstblack . Yes it's me! 
    Here's my bio:
    "Karen Arthur is a Black woman with a powerful story to tell. From an unexpected and unplanned departure from her teaching career, brought on breakdown triggered by her menopause, she reemerged. 
    Karen had help through therapy to unpack a long abusive relationship, grief, anxiety and depression and a deep loss of self, to become a fashion designer, model, menopause diversity campaigner and positive ageing advocate". 
    Episode one of this brand new season is hosted by previous guest Creative coach, speaker and artist Adah Parris. 
    We talk about:
    Anxiety, Depression and menopause - a surprising triple threat The liberation that arrived when learning to set boundaries > Growing up Black in white spaces The futility of trying to fit in Vulnerability as the ultimate strength. …and so much more.
    Adah truly went above and beyond with her questions, and the result is a wonderfully frank mix of wisdom and laughter.
    If my story resonates with you please do share this episode with others who may benefit from our words and advice.
    Don’t forget to leave a comment or positive review on your chosen platform! New episodes drop every Wednesday!
    Please note:
    These episodes are conversations between humans discussing their own menopause experiences. They are no substitute for advice and consultation with a qualified health professional. No two menopause experiences are the same so do remember to do your own research.
    Don't forget to subscribe wherever you listen or hop over to YouTube for your visual fix , and recommend to a friend (or three) who you think would enjoy this episode. 
    NOTES
    Nova Reid, The Good Ally book
    Nat Lue Recovering people pleaser Sweatshirt and The Joy of Saying No book 
    Audrey Lorde - Poetry is not a Luxury
    Rolys Fudge  
    CONNECT
    Menopause Whilst Black on Instagram:  Karen Arthur  on Instagram  MWBPod website Reach out to Adah Parris at https://www.adahparris.com/ and  https://www.adahparris.art/ If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-345169177/karen-arthur-can-we-talk-episode-11-with-cyndi-hanson-on-gold-dust-radio-16-3-24
    https://www.golddusthub.com/radio

    *We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space

    • 1 hr 15 min
    I am a Strong Black Woman and I am Proud of That

    I am a Strong Black Woman and I am Proud of That

    Menopause Whist Black Season SIX Episode 2!
    This weeks guest is Mary Martin, founder of fashion house Mary Martin London.
    Mary is an award-winning self taught fashion designer based in South London. Originally from Wales, Mary's story literally reads like a 'rags to riches' novel - this determined woman has never had any intention of being stuck with the cards she was dealt. Her strong Christian faith is a common thread throughout her life. Mary shares her menopause story and how she cares for herself 'naturally'. (I am aware of some contention around this word, but listen in and you'll get it) 
    We talk about: 
    Early years as a teenager new to London from Wales. Her unwaivering faith in God Discovering her fashion creativity and purpose. The rage that accompanied her menopause onset. The joys of regular exercise. and so much more.
    There's no getting round the fact that Mary is and continues to be an inspiration to many, and we're sure you'll find a part of her journey that resonates.
    This episode is available to watch on YouTube and listen on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and beyond.
    If Mary's story hits home do share this episode with others who may benefit from our conversation. Don’t forget to leave a comment or positive review on your chosen platform!  
    NOTES:
    Power of a Woman Awards founded by Frederick (Freddie) NWAKA.
    For UK wide lessons visit Learn to Swim. Or visit Swim Dem Crew or Black Tri Tribe our Black UK community 
    CONNECT
    Mary Martin London website. Mary Martin on Instagram. Menopause Whilst Black on Instagram Karen Arthur  on Instagram  MWBPod website If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud

    *We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space

    • 47 min
    No one knows YOUR body better!

    No one knows YOUR body better!

    Menopause Whist Black Season SIX Episode 2! 
    Our guest for Episode three this week is Dr Itunuwoluwa Johnson @DrShoCares. Dr Itunu is a portfolio GP who specialises in menopause care based in North London. She is a founder of @rockmymenopause bringing menopause facts and myths to the fore and part of @heal_courses empowering Black health.
    Dr Itunu champions health equity and holistic practise as GP Tutor and examiner at Queen Marys Hospital. 
    We discuss:
    how her mothers experience with breast cancer influenced her path. medical school training her passion for helping Black women in pain her own diagnosis of PCOS AND Endometriosis What Culturally Competent Care looks like within the health profession and so much more. We also had a lot of fun talking about her own daily routine which might seem unusual to some but thats the beauty of crafting your own rituals and that work for you, right?
    Dr Itunu has written an ebook 'A personal guide to Menopause for Black Women'. This is available FREE to Menopause Whilst Black listeners by contacting Dr Itunu @drshocares 
    This episode is available to watch on YouTube and listen on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and beyond. If Dr Itunu's story resonates do share this episode with others who may benefit from our conversation. Don’t forget to leave a positive review on your chosen platform! 
    NOTES
    Breast cancer gene information (BRCA1 and 2)
    Dr. Nighat Arif  and The Health Collective 
    Professor Joyce Harper 
    HEAL courses (Health, advocacy and learning courses) 
    The Lancet article - Time for a balanced conversation about menopause 
    CONNECT
    Dr Sho Cares website DrSho on Instagram. Menopause Whilst Black on Instagram Karen Arthur  on Instagram  MWBPod website If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud

    We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Get Outside in that Blue and Green!

    Get Outside in that Blue and Green!

    Menopause Whist Black Season SIX Episode 4! Our guest for Episode 4 this week is Professor Joyce Harper. Professor Harper is an internationally renowned, award winning educator, author podcaster academic and scientist who has written over 240 scientific papers, published three books and is working on her fourth.
    Joyce is leading the development of a UK Menopause Education and Support Programme, is co founder of the UK Fertility Education Initiative, and founder of the International Reproductive Health Education Collaboration.
    We talk about so much!
    Highlights below:
    > the five pillars of well-being
    > why getting outside is so important
    > the benefits of cold water immersion
    > menopause misinformation - how to shut out the noise and so much more.
    Joyce wasn't too impressed with my own alternative to cold water swimming - what can I say - I prefer my immersion temperatures to be a tad higher. Are you a cold water swim fan?
    This episode is available to watch on YouTube, all good podcast platforms and beyond. If Joyces words hit home please share this episode with others who may benefit from our conversation. Don’t forget to leave a positive review on your chosen platform! 
    NOTES
    Paper: How do women feel cold water swimming affects their menstrual and perimenopausal symptoms? British Menopause Society Institute for Women's Health The Lancet article - Time for a balanced conversation about menopause  Women's Health Concern Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Wellbeing of Women Anish Mukherjee, brilliant endocrinologist: Hormone Wise and The.Hormone.Doc on Instagram The Death Book  CONNECT
    Prof Joyce Harper on Instagram Website  Joyceharper.com Karen Arthur  on Instagram  MWBPod website These episodes are conversations between humans discussing their own menopause experiences. They are not a substitute for advice and consultation with a qualified health professional. No two menopause experiences are the same so do remember to do your own research.
    If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud

    We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Menopause?? What's that?!!

    Menopause?? What's that?!!

    Menopause Whist Black Season SIX Episode 5! Our guest this week is Dr Yansie Rolston.
    Dr. Yansie Rolstons PhD experience is in health equity providing technical expertise to statutory organisations. She is a researcher, skilled trainer and facilitator working across Europe, Africa, America, and the Caribbean, designing and implementing health equity strategies.
    Dr Yansie founded You and Menopause in 2014, is a film executive producer of several documentaries on menopause and grief and co-editor/author of 'Black and menopausal, intimate stories of navigating the change', a highly recommended book on Black peoples personal journeys with menopause. 
    Dr Yansie is associate director of The Ubele Initiative and Efficacy Eva. 
    We discuss:
    > Her experience of surgically induced menopause
    > Menopause experiences in different countries
    > The support from Mother and daughter conversations > Worries around over-medicalising menopause
    > How to lessen the serious impact of racial weathering. and much more.
    This episode is available to watch on YouTube and listen on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and beyond.
    If Dr Yansies episode resonates with you, do share this episode with others who may benefit from our conversation. Don’t forget to leave a positive review on your chosen platform! 
    NOTES
    4 documentary films about menopause  You and Menopause website.  The Ubele Initiative  Co-editor of the book: Black and Menopausal Intimate Stories of Navigating the Change. Contributing chapter in the book: More than Talk perspectives in Black and People of Colour in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK. Book recommendation: The Body Takes the Score book Bessel van der Kolk CONNECT
    Youandme_nopause on Instagram Dr Yansie Rolston on Instagram Email Yansie: yrolston@hotmail.com Youandmenopause.org Karen Arthur  on Instagram  MWBPod website These episodes are conversations between humans discussing their own menopause experiences. They are not a substitute for advice and consultation with a qualified health professional. No two menopause experiences are the same so do remember to do your own research.
    If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud

    We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space

    • 43 min
    Black Women Need Help Earlier

    Black Women Need Help Earlier

    Menopause Whilst Black Season SIX Episode 6 is here!
    Our guest this week is Dr Jocelyne Tedajo Tsambou. DrJocelyn is a French born Cameroonian who lived in Senegal and studied in England. She is also step mother to three children.
    Dr Jocelyne is a GP, menopause specialist and medical educator, member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Ivel Medical Centre in Bedfordshire. Her particular focus on menopause and family planning consultations have seen her push the boundaries of service provision, further cementing her status as a specialist also recognised by the British Menopause Society.  Dr. Jocelyne takes a holistic view and a well balanced approach to health and well being.
    We discuss:
    > Bio vs and body identical hormones.
    > her own long fertility journey.
    > the cultural pressure that accompanies childlessness
    > finding her purpose through menopause
    > Why health professionals must factor in culturaly nuanced menopause experiences earlier.
    and much more. 
    This episode is available to watch on YouTube and listen on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and beyond. If Dr Jocelyne's words resonate with you, do share it with someone who may benefit from our conversation.
    NOTES
    NHS app couch to 5K
    Pelaton for meditation
    Perimenopause and Menopause for Black women ebook*
    *Free to listeners until 15th May 2024 then a small cost.
     
    CONNECT
     
    Dr Jocelyne on Linkedin Menopause Whilst Black on Instagram  Karen Arthur on Instagram MWBPod website These episodes are conversations between humans discussing their own menopause experiences. They are not a substitute for advice and consultation with a qualified health professional. No two menopause experiences are the same so do remember to do your own research.
    If you are a brand or business whose values align with Menopause Whilst Black consider sponsoring a season or an epsiode of this podcast. Get in touch for rates: juanita@tgrg.co.uk 
    Jiggle your bits to our Spotify Playlist
    Email the show: thekarenarthur@mail.com
    Like, subscribe, follow and rate Menopause whilst Black on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
    Karen Arthur is a menopause activist and campaigner and host of this podcast plus a new bi-weekly weekend radio show on Golddust radio 'Can We Talk'. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud

    We recognise that inclusive language is important in ensuring that ALL who experience menopause are seen and heard. The term ‘women’ is used whilst mindful of this.
    Join our mailing list. 
    Team MWB:
    Producer and Editor: Beyongolia Productions
    Digital design and communications: Yaa Studio Space

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

mummie magik ,

A space to rest, listen and feel community

A wonderful podcast that shares many Menopause experiences.
This is a safe space to hear our shared experiences from women of colour that have walked through life on a path that many of us will recognise. Karen is a superb host with a calm aura.

alsie2 ,

Absolutely Fabulous!

I am a 49year old black woman, currently 2 weeks into recovering from hysterectomy surgery due to fibroids. I was very interested in listening to the episode when Karen spoke to a lovely lady about her surgical menopause journey.

As well as my mum and older sister and cousin, I have a couple of friends who have also been through this and I’ve been able with talk with them about surgical menopause. All different experiences, may I add!
However, because of how common fibroids are amongst black women, there needs to be more discussion around fibroids and at what point a hysterectomy becomes your only realistic option for treatment- which then comes with its own issues of surgical menopause.

I am SO glad I’ve found this pod cast, it’s so informative and uplifting, I’ll be tuning in to the next season. In the meantime, I’ll be catching up with this season!

Many thanks,

Alex

Fab_Fum ,

This podcast saved me

Every episode has helped me to understand what I’ve been going through. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Thanks Karen

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