Menopause Your Way!

Hello,

I mentioned in my last blog that for well over a year now I have been part of a big team at QVC working on a very exciting project. This week, that project finally comes to fruition, on all of our platforms here at QVC – online, on air and on our social media. It’s called Menopause Your Way, and it’s the start of an open conversation about menopause, something which I know many of us feel has been a long time coming. Things have changed a little over the past couple of years, with people like Davina McCall talking about menopause on television, but we feel that there is still a long way to go, and that’s where we come in.

And so it begins here at QVC! We’re going to be bringing you menopause experts, online resources, innovative products, lots of TV shows and, we hope, a really supportive community. We will be sharing our menopause experiences with you, and we hope that you will share yours with us.

Jackie Kabler

Jackie Kabler’s midlife journey

For starters, there is now a brand-new section on the website with a wonderful selection of articles –  lots of advice and information as well as things you might like to buy to help you on your particular menopause journey. We all experience it differently; some sail through it, others have a frankly terrible time. I’ve learned so much over the past 18 months or so, some of it incredibly surprising – for example, did you know that there are 48 symptoms of menopause, yet research has revealed that more than half of us can name only three? Personally, I feel that I have been quite lucky so far, with just a few strange symptoms. We have filmed some videos with some of us here at QVC talking about our own experiences and you can watch mine above – anyone else suffered from burning mouth syndrome?!!

As well as all of the online bits and pieces, from this Friday the 1st of July we start a run of special Menopause Your Way shows. They will be on Fridays at 4 pm, starting with a five-week run with lots more to follow. I will be presenting most of this first series (there is one that I can’t do, so Pipa will be with you for that one) and I think you will see that they have quite a different feel to our usual shows with lots of chat and advice, so I really hope you can join us. I don’t want to go on about this too long now, as there will be so much to talk about on the subject over the coming months, but do check out the new section on the website. And it would be wonderful if you could get in touch with us during the shows with your questions and also your experiences.

We will also have a great Today’s Special Value offer on Friday, perfect for menopausal skin. It’s from supplement brand Imedeen, and it’s the Prime Renewal 50+ Collection – four months’ worth of supplements that contain a range of vitamins and minerals specially designed for women over the age of 50. This is an award-winning brand, and this is a really easy way to boost your daily skincare routine, targeting your skin from the inside out.

I look forward to chatting all things menopause on-air on Friday – it would be great if you could join us!

Love,

Jackie x

14 Responses

  1. I will be watching although I fear I’ve had most of my menopause without help of any kind. As I said in previous reply to your blog my menopause started when I was 70 .My periods had stopped when I was 45 .I had no signs so thought I was lucky. I am now 75 and just getting over my menopause ?? although never actually diagnosed. Never talked about back my day as now so I had to plod on on my own so well done to you all best wishes Sue

    1. Hi Susan, yes it’s so interesting that everyone has such vastly different experiences. I’ve learned a lot over the past year in the run-up to this project and I hope people will learn a lot by watching the shows as well. Hope you enjoy them!
      Jx

  2. This is an excellent idea and I’m so glad QVC are getting on board. It is very timely for me as I am peri-menopausal so am very much looking forward to the chats and advice. Well done QVC!

  3. I will definitely be tuning in. Although I am through the menopause now, it’s great to know QVC are raising awareness and ready to offer help and support. It can be such a tricky time and women can feel very isolated as they experience it. Well done, QVC!

    1. Hi Cherry, thank you – I’m so glad that you like the sound of this; we are delighted to bring it to QVC and to have had such a positive response so far. Thanks for getting in touch.
      Jx

  4. Thankyou for highlighting the not so common symptoms of menopause. I suffered burning dry mouth syndrome too. I resigned from my job of 20yrs in the Nhs as wearing a mask all day became un bearable. Women should not be put in this position. After doing my own research and many trios to the dentist and doctor I have finally been given Hrt. The burning mouth disappeared.Its all about quality of life for women. I would say that if men were low on testosterone they would automatically be given this hormone no questions asked. Women have the right to have their hormones replaced to aid and stop.this suffering. It has negative effects on relationships and families. Please check out the British menopause doctor Louise Newson she is a pioneer for women.

    1. Hi Alyson, yes I have been amazed at how many people have got in touch with me to tell me that they too have suffered from burning mouth syndrome! I’d never heard of it. I’m glad you got yours sorted too but so sorry it’s meant you had to leave your job. And yes I am familiar with Louise Newson, she does great work! Thank you for getting in touch.
      Jx

  5. Thanks Jackie and QVC for providing a platform for the menopause Like many women I have been experiencing terrible hot flushes, brain fog, aches and pains, anxiety and weight gain. I shall be watching every
    Friday for hints and tips and I will ask my colleagues and friends to tune in as well.

    1. Hi Kam, Yes it’s about time it was more widely spoken about and we are so pleased to have finally been able to bring this project to air. I’m sorry you’re having a hard time – hopefully you will find some useful information that might help here. It’s so nice that we can share our hints and tips and help each other!
      Jx

  6. Hi I wanted to share my experience with every one. At age 48 I repeatedly asked my GP to make sure I was going through menopause as I didn’t feel myself.( Confusion, pain in lower back, my periods were irregular and eventually stopped for a year then came back for 8 months and stopped again, a pain across my bikini line and sleep interruptions, exhaustion amongst others). I had no advice and was told just take paracetamol and some multivitamins they did no tests and couldn’t help. I moved house and surgery and at age 51 my new GP told me that my symptoms were a worry and immediately did tests. Even though the symptoms are similar to menopause it turned out to be ovarian cancer very advanced by then. After major surgery and a course of chemotherapy I am doing well and feeling hopeful that my health is on the up. Please if you go to your GP for help don’t take no for an answer . Keep asking until you have a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

    1. Kate, thank you so much for sharing this and I’m so sorry this happened to you. Also really glad that you finally got the treatment you needed and that things are so much more positive now. This is such great advice – we know our own bodies, and we do tend to know when things are wrong so sometimes we really have to keep going back and, as you say, not take no for an answer. Thank you so much for getting in touch.
      Jx

  7. Hi Jackie, I have been watching the menapause shows, absolutely fantastic that QVC are highlighting this for women. I have just heard you mention burning mouth syndrome, I have been in alot of pain the last month with the same symptoms. Unfortunately, my doctor seems unclear and I am seeing my dentist this week, I am currently on HRT patches so I just hope there will be another cure for me as I am at my witts end , thankyou again for highlighting this and hopefully my dentist can help. Lets keep up with these talks its so helpful. X

    1. Hi Lisa, oh I really feel for you, it’s absolutely horrible isn’t it? I was so scared because I had no idea what it was, and as you say some doctors simply aren’t aware of it and I was so lucky that my dentist was familiar with it and was able to instantly reassure me. I don’t think there is any simple solution, but I was fortunate that mine went away after a couple of months – I then felt as if I had cotton wool in my mouth for another couple of months, but at least the burning stopped. Hopefully it won’t be too long before yours settles down too. And yes, I think sharing our experiences is so helpful. Good luck!
      Jx

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