3 Movies That’ll Help You Feel Better About Menopause


Someone presented me with a challenge recently to find three movies that will help you feel better about menopause. I had to laugh as it’s not a popular subject in Hollywood and the subject of menopause isn’t broached in many television series either.

Menopause & Movies

Menopause has long been taboo and though many of us are trying to open up the conversation and blow the stereotype of frumpy middle age there’s still a stigma. However, times are a-changing. We have it on good authority there are a couple of mature, kick-ass female screenwriters out there now and some of our most beautiful leading ladies are 40, 50, 60 and 70+ and maintaining a strong screen presence.

We have to wonder why more 40+ women in movies aren’t made when historically movies and television shows starring 40+ women have become classics. Look at the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, the 1980s film Shirley Valentine (featured below), and more recently Grace and Frankie. (The first episode of Grace and Frankie can be viewed free on Netflix here.)

Vitamin H

This ended up being a fun exercise and if there’s anything I know about you, our treasured MenoMe community, you love vitamin H (humour). So I’ve uncovered three delightful movies that will bring a smile to your face. Plus I couldn’t resist sharing a TV scene starring the gorgeous Kristin Scott Thomas that went viral earlier this year.


Some of these screen moments use colourful language.

1. Shirley Valentine

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This iconic English film made its debut in 1989 and still has a bevvy of raving fans. Some would say it was way ahead of its time because it broached the subject of menopause way back then. Gasp! Unheard of.

Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a 42-year-old housewife in Liverpool who spends a lot of time sipping wine and talking to the wall. Her kids are grown and her husband Joe doesn’t seem to notice her anymore. When her friend Jane wins a two-week trip to Greece and invites Shirley she defies Joe and goes. While there she falls in love with herself and decides to stay. Joe begs her to come home but she’s found her power. At 1:36 Joe says:

“You don’t know what you’re saying because you’re going through the change of life.” Shirley replies, “That’s right, Joe. That’s exactly what it is, a change of life.”

Thirty years on – dated fashion and décor aside – it’s still a goody.

You can watch the full version of Shirley Valentine free on YouTube below.

2. Sex And The City 2

The much-loved Sex and the City girls approach the subject of hot flushes and menopause in the second movie. In true Sex and the City style Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are their usual glamourous selves as they join Samantha in Abu Dhabi where her ex is filming a movie. Samantha is carrying pill boxes filled with what she calls her ‘hormones’ and rubbing creams on her arms and va-jay-jay in a bid to reign in her perimenopausal symptoms. None of it dulls her trademark sexiness even the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m having a hot flash”, Samantha. “You’re on a camel in the middle of the Arabian desert – if you’re not having a hot flash you’re dead.” – Carrie Bradshaw.
Three cheers to Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell. Sex and the City 2 can be seen on Netflix and purchased on Amazon.

3. Something’s Gotta Give

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a successful older man about town who has dated women under 30 finds for 40 years. When he finds himself attracted to his latest conquest Marin Klein’s (Amanda Peet) mother, well-known writer Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) something’s gotta give. Harry is rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack and he finds he has competition when his doctor, Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) develops a crush on Erica too. There’s no argument that Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves and Diane Keaton are consummate actors and while, technically, the film doesn’t talk about menopause per se it covers growing older, love, sex and the ‘do I still have it?’ question. Something’s Gotta Give can be viewed on Netflix and purchased on Amazon.

Bonus Clip:
Why You Should Look Forward To menopause

Excerpt from the television series Fleabag with special guest star Kristin Scott Thomas’ epic menopause speech.

And that MenoMe-ers is a wrap!

Main image taken from movie.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.