Vanessa Ford wants women to feel like themselves again. She talks with Dr. Deb about being the healthiest, best version of yourself through the menopause journey and beyond. She is a co-founder of Menolabs after her own experience with menopause. She believes in providing well-researched tools to manage health while changing the narrative of menopause, allowing every woman to discover her inner goddess!
Do not miss these highlights:
[5:13] At first thinking it was cancer, Vanessa found out she was in perimenopause, which took her on a journey of education
[10:41] The symptoms from perimenopause and menopause can have significant impacts from an economic, career, and relationship viewpoint
[12:58] Women in perimenopause and menopause are the largest, fastest-growing segment of the workforce, and adapting the workplace for them
[16:05] We should give ourselves the grace to embrace the changes in our body when it comes to weight gain from menopause
[17:15] There is a disconnect from relationships occurring because of the hormonal changes occurring, from cortisol production, stress, lack of sleep, mood swings, depression, and anxiety
[18:42] There is an impact with perimenopause and menopause on the sex drive and the frustration it causes
[21:50] Some of the surprising facts that Vanessa has learned in her research
[25:23] A look at Menolobs, what it does, and what it has accomplished
[30:51] One type of treatment is not necessarily the best treatment for everyone
[38:57] The power of conversation when it comes to making a systemic change about menopause
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About our Guest:
Vanessa Ford, cofounder of Menolabs, focuses on women’s issues during the perimenopausal/menopausal transition. Vanessa was prompted to action when, at 44, she began her own transition into menopause. Unsatisfied with the lack of support that women experience during this stage of life, and finding the stereotypes of women in mid-life exasperating and insulting, she created MenoLabs to address what she sees as a glaring need in every woman’s life.
Professionally, Vanessa has served as Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Customer Service and Public
Relations, among other titles. She also has a background of startup and nonprofit experience, working for underserved populations in the animal welfare field, as well as women’s issues. Vanessa has served on a variety of nonprofit, public relations, and marketing boards, and has served as the head of many civic engagement projects.
Vanessa’s personal experience with menopause and her driving passion for moving the conversations around menopause forward mean that Vanessa is a driving force in everything MenoLabs does, from product formulations, to app creation, to being the face of the brand in informative videos and across social media.
“Because I’m going through this myself, right now, in the moment, I feel a real and pressing desire to find out all I can about menopause and what other women are going through, and I want to help them find the answers that they’re looking for. I know how frustrating it can be to try to go this alone, and I know we can do better. And that’s what MenoLabs is about – making life and the transition to menopause better and easier for every single woman.”
Vanessa’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-ford/
Vanessa’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanessa.menolabs