The Stages of Menopause with Karen Arthur E28

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Written by Chioma

June 20, 2022

 In this week’s episode, Sareta and Chioma talk to fashion creative, menopause aficionado and general carefree, Black woman Karen Arthur. 

You may know Karen through her podcast Menopause Whilst Black. You could have seen her campaigning alongside Davina McCall, Mariella Frostrup and Lisa Snowdon outside the Houses of Parliament. Perhaps you’ve seen her modelling for Specsavers on giant billboards? Either way, you’ll know even more about Karen after this episode of Women Who Rebrand.


Karen’s recent experience of transitioning from peri to post-menopause has enabled her to live her best life, let go of her scarcity mindset and recognise what she brings to the table. It has helped her realise that “no is a complete sentence”. Rather than being the worst time of her life, it has empowered her, and Chioma and Sareta love it! Dare they say, they may even be a little bit excited to begin their own menopause journeys… 

The Stages of Menopause - Karen Arthur - Women who Rebrand

Photo Credit: Karen Arthur by Chantel King

Depression and Menopause forced me to be honest with myself and the people around me.

 Topics discussed during this episode: 

  • Becoming a grandmother and letting go. 
  • The different stages of menopause. 
  • The various ways menopause can manifest and the fact that there is no universal experience. 
  • The lack of research into menopause and what this means for those who go through it. 
  • The health and medical inequalities that impact Black people going through menopause. 
  • Supporting yourself through menopause, medically, physically and emotionally. 
  • Giving ‘zero f**ks’ after menopause. 
  • Menopause activism. 
  • The recent trend of becoming “menopause-friendly” employers. 

Karen is a post-menopausal grandmother, Fashion creative and menopause activist. Her podcast, Menopause whilst Black is committed to sharing the menopause stories of Black, primarily British, women. It is now entering its third season.

Karen’s story ‘How Anxiety and Depression freed Karen Arthur’ was featured by Style Like U in their series ‘What’s underneath’ reaching 458k+ views on Youtube to date. Karen has been featured in Vogue, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times Radio, Channel 4, Sky Arts, NY Times and countless radio and podcast interviews. She has featured in menopause talks with Facebook, AllBright, Oglivy, Vichy, Bloomberg and Marks and Spencer to name a few.

Karen speaks knowledgeably and passionately on a range of topics including menopause, mental wellbeing, fashion and creativity. Supporting and nurturing Black women in menopause stages is her passion and The Joy Retreat was borne from this.” –


    The Stages of Menopause - Karen Arthur - Women who Rebrand
    The Stages of Menopause - Karen Arthur - Women who Rebrand

     The Stages of Menopause

    • Menopause is when your periods stop due to a depletion of specific hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.
    • This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55; however, it can occur sooner.
    • It can happen earlier for reasons such as surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) or the uterus (hysterectomy), cancer treatments like chemotherapy, or a genetic reason.
    • Perimenopause is when you have symptoms before your periods have stopped. You reach menopause when you have not had a period for 12 months.
    • Menopause and perimenopause can cause symptoms like anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, hot flushes and irregular periods.
    • These symptoms can start years before your periods stop and carry on afterwards.

    The Joy Retreat

    A life-changing experience.

    Karen invites you to join the retreat for a week of connection amongst like minds for a healing and affirmative experience of feeling seen, heard and held.

    She has created a “joy full”, nurturing space to help Black women affirm, nourish and emerge reconnected to themselves and fully in their power…you don’t have to feel alone.

    “Through a combination of movement, journalling, nutrition guidance, meditation, nature walks, rest, connection and the healing space of women in communion, you’ll emerge changed. Open to the beauty and possibility of the future. Unfazed by the great transition that Menopause presents and on the contrary, grounded in an embodied knowing of the great promise tomorrow holds for you and your life.”

    Karen Recommends 

    Rest + Calm: Gentle yoga and mindful practices to nurture and restore yourself
    “This gem of a book is a guide to powerful practices for rest, reflection, self-care and the tending of community. The insight it contains is not a luxury, but a physical, emotional and spiritual imperative”. ― Bo Forbes, Psy.D., psychologist, somatic educator, and author of Yoga for Emotional Balance.

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    Where to find Karen Arthur

    IG: @TheKarenArthur


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