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82. How To Deal With The Shame And Stigma Of Menopause From Someone Who Went Through It At Just 15

  1. 82. How To Deal With The Shame And Stigma Of Menopause From Someone Who Went Through It At Just 15 Diane Gilman 36:13

Can you imagine going through the Menopause younger than 40? What about at 15 years old? In this episode we delve into a profound conversation with Isabelle Geraghty, who shares her journey through early Menopause due to Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). Joining all the way from Nepal, Isabelle opens up about her experiences, shedding light on the often overlooked topic of Menopause at a young age.

Isabelle and Diane share their experiences with Menopause, at 15 and 42 respectively. They discuss the stigma around Menopause and the isolation, the loneliness and the shame they both felt. Isabelle’s journey through early Menopause serves as a poignant reminder of the diversity of women’s experiences. But her story stands as a beacon of Resilience and hope, challenging stereotypes and fostering greater understanding of Menopause at any age.

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)

Isabelle’s story begins with an unexpected turn as she entered full Menopause at the age of 15. Isabelle explains that she was diagnosed with POI, which is used to describe anyone experiencing Menopause before the age of 40.

The Loneliness of Menopause

Isolation and loneliness accompany Menopause at any age, a sentiment echoed by both Isabelle and Diane. With societal taboos and shame surrounding the topic, women often find themselves navigating this phase silently, without a support network.

Medical Journey of POI 

Isabelle’s diagnosis of POI came amidst a whirlwind of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and brain fog, initially mistaken as typical teenage experiences. She shares her path through various treatments, from the contraceptive pill to bioidentical hormones and a Mirena coil, in her quest to find balance amidst the hormonal chaos.

Emotional Impact of Menopause

Both Isabelle and Diane reflect on the emotional toll of Menopause, exacerbated by feelings of shame and embarrassment. Isabelle recounts her decade-long silence about her condition, while Diane relates to the societal pressure of keeping such discussions taboo.

Holistic Healing for Menopause

Isabelle talks about yoga as a powerful tool in her journey, offering not only physical relief but also emotional solace. Integrating spiritual, medical, and self-healing practices has become pivotal in her path towards acceptance and self-love.

Isabelle’s Links 

Instagram: @isabelledoesthings and @journeytoselfyoga

The Daisy Network (POI charity): 

Connect with Diane

Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube: @thedianegilman  


Diane Gilman Too Young To Be Old with Diane Gilman

A fashion rule-breaker with millions of loyal fans, the charismatic pearl-haired, “Queen of Jeans,” Diane Gilman is 78 years young and embracing aging instead of fighting it. An inspiration for women embracing their third act, Diane is The top Tele-retailing brand globally who is just getting started, and not unlike many women’s stories, recognition for Diane came later in life with the launch of her DG2 Jeans line on HSN which has become the top tele-retailing brand globally, over $100 million dollars a year in retail sales domestically, could be seen on QVC UK, Italy, France, Australia & Canada. Her latest book, “Too Young to be Old,” is another compelling take on conquering life’s challenges and harnessing one’s own power to live a “third act” filled with dream-catching and fulfillment.

After 30 years of experience in front of the camera connecting with the baby boomer audience on television, Diane has set out to become a proaging advocate and a "Silver-haired Influencer". Through social media, YouTube and the launch of her podcast, Too Young To Be Old, Diane's goal is to educate and inspire the 50+ community in a range of lifestyle topics such as nutrition, health & wellness, fashion, beauty & skincare, and any other topics covering aging solutions.

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