Session 318: Demystifying Menopause, Part I
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
Simply uttering the word “menopause” can result in feelings of dread for anyone born with a pair of ovaries. Hot flashes, sleepless nights, and painful sex are some of the many transitions that we associate with getting older and experiencing menopause. But menopause doesn’t have to be the secretive, painful experience that so many of us were raised to view it as, and today’s guest is one of the many Black women working to erase its stigma.
Omisade Burney-Scott is a seventh-generation Black Southern feminist, storyteller, and social justice advocate. She is also the creator and curator of The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause. During our conversation, Omisade and I discuss how to navigate the transition into menopause, dealing with feelings of grief as a result of experiencing menopause, and how to start intergenerational conversations around the menopausal experience.
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