Menopause? There is an application for that
I would have been lost without online communities. Not so much for dating (I was already married by the time Tinder hit the scene) but for pregnancy, baby’s first years, school dilemmas.
WhatsApp tips, forums, FB groups, Instagram, other mummy blogs, it’s been a helpful world of story sharing that has brought synergy to tough times.
But we still don’t go to certain places – even to these communities. Make vegetable puree, yes. Vaginal dryness… not so much.
In 2017, Michelle Kennedy, formerly involved with Bumble and other dating apps, was inspired to create Peanut, a social media platform navigating the digital world.
But while some areas of our shared experiences broke new ground, there was one area that was missing – the complexity of what happens to women’s minds and bodies as we age.
Last year, Peanut launched its new product, Peanut Menopause after many women on the site’s other branches searched for menopause discussions.
The evil sister of puberty
“I needed someone other than my husband to talk about my girly stuff”
Talk to the new yorkerKennedy says those questions kept coming up. “The women were suffering from symptoms of menopause, memory loss, vaginal dryness, mood swings, hair loss, irregular periods – and they wanted to discuss it.
Strange that there was such a forum, given that half the population experiences it. “The evil older sister of puberty” is how one woman described her on the new Peanut app.
It is now hoped that topics like hormone replacement therapy will become more mainstream as the online community embraces What Comes Next.
Like Tinder, you can match with a woman who is going through the same things – connect with what you have in common. “Someone other than my husband to talk about my girly stuff,” was how one woman described the reading.
After someone suggested wearing a fan for hot flashes, she was encouraged by those who said “yes, girl.” We’ve been there.”
This will be the reality for most of us. And it climbs.
The point may not be Peanut, or its reach, or how Irish women might react to a similar application. it is that informing women is figuratively and literally only half the battle. For this to work, men need more information on how to support their partners, their sisters, their mothers.
I assume there is no app for that?
This article was originally published in September 2021.