A little inspiration can go a long way, especially when you’re struggling with perimenopause. Your body’s going through a lot of changes. Your hormones are in flux. Worse, it seems like no one talks openly about menopause and how it feels. Women all over the world experience it, so why isn’t anyone talking about it?
Good news! Some women are talking about it. To help you get a little support and inspiration in your daily life, here are a few phenomenal perimenopausal and menopausal women to follow on Instagram. These brave, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous women have opened up about their changing bodies, hormones, and the day-to-day realities around menopause. They’ve helped us, and hopefully they can help you too.
Dr. Anna Cabeca (@thegirlfrienddoctor)
Dr. Anna Cabeca, known as The Girlfriend Doctor on Instagram, is a mom, physician for women, and an inspirational speaker and educator. Her Instagram page is full of inspirational lists, quotes, and videos. We love seeing her no-nonsense posts about women’s universal struggles with menopause, and how to continue feeling young and vibrant well into your years. One of the keys, according to The Girlfriend Doctor? “Eat like you love your body.”
Pamela Anne Windle (@pamelawindlehormonecoach)
Pamela Windle is a licensed women’s health coach and hypnotherapist. She specializes in helping perimenopausal and menopausal women feel “stronger, calmer and more empowered than ever before.” Her Instagram page is full of useful information about the relationship between weight gain and hormones during perimenopause, symptoms of imbalanced estrogen levels, podcasts with menopause experts, and more. Plus, she shares a lot of great info on meditation for self-care and overall health.
Sam Beau Patrick (@sambeaupatrick_)
Sam Beau Patrick has over 30 years of experience in the health industry. She’s worked as a nurse, a pharmaceutical representative, and a health coach. After suffering what she calls “a hormone meltdown”, Sam went looking for answers. She found that her testosterone levels were through the roof, while her other hormones were completely out of balance. Since discovering the impact that hormone imbalances had on her own life, she’s dedicated herself to helping other women understand their hormones, better handle stress, and work through perimenopause for a healthier life during and after menopause.
Follow Sam at @sambeaupatrick_ on Instagram for inspiration and information regarding menopause, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, stress, and other topics that impact women before, during, and after menopause.
Barbie Taylor (@menopausetaylor)
Barbie Taylor, also known as Menopause Taylor or Menopause Barbie, is a retired OB/GYN with a law degree and a master’s in business. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd whose true passion is helping women, especially perimenopausal and menopausal women. She’s been focused on helping women through midlife since 2008, when she first published her book, Menopause: Your Management Your Way … Now and for the Rest of your Life. Since then, she’s developed a 12-hour menopause seminar, and she helps clients with one-on-one consulting too.
Barbie’s instagram page is full of great advice, peppered with a lot of fun humor. Whether you want to learn about how hormones relate to dementia and alzheimer’s disease, or if you’re looking for an inspirational quote, Barbie is there for you!
Angie - Hot and Flashy (@angiehotandflashy)
Angie’s Hot and Flashy beauty and style instagram page focuses specifically on women over 50. Her tagline, “Maintain a little notness in your hot flash years!” says it all. Follow Angie for regular updates with product reviews of anti-aging devices, fashion tips and bargains, and makeup and skincare tutorials. The fashion industry is so youth-focused; it can be difficult to find fashion and beauty influencers who really know what it’s like to live with wrinkles, crows’ feet, and sun spots. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a woman over 50 on Instagram, owning her menopausal years and helping other women along the way, too. Check her out and see which of her beauty tips you love!
Mindy Gale (@mindy.gale)
Mindy Gale is a licensed hair and makeup artist who’s embraced her gorgeous silver curls. She’s funny and honest about challenges that so many perimenopausal and menopausal women face. For instance, have you ever been told there’s a “right way” to grow out gray hair? She has a no-nonsense video just for you. Need a pick-me-up? Along with funny and inspirational videos, she also shares some daring and cool makeup looks. Who says women over 50 can’t rock bright red or deep black lipstick? Not Mindy!
Shauna - Chic Over 50 (@chicover50)
Looking for fun fashion inspiration that works for women at any age? Check out Shauna at Chic Over 50. Shauna started blogging “on a whim” in 2015 as a fun way to share pictures and thoughts with friends. She quickly learned that she had a lot to say - and that she could help women all over the world, of all ages, feel more confident in their own skin. Now she posts insightful and fun pictures and info about fashion, beauty, fitness, and hair styles - for women of all ages.
Stung by Samantha (@stung_by_samantha)
Stung by Samantha’s Instagram is all about “shutting down stereotypes for women over 50.” She posts bold looks and encourages women of all ages to embrace their natural beauty. Get inspired with outfit-of-the-day (ootd) videos, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, and fashion tips — all specifically designed for women over 50 to have fun and feel more confident than ever.
Bonus: Gen M (@genm_official)
Last but not least, Gen M isn’t an influencer, but it is an incredible resource for perimenopausal and menopausal women. This page is dedicated to helping improve the menopause experience for all women. Check it out for expert advice and inspiration about health and fitness, supporting women through menopause, age discrimination, and other topics that impact women around menopause.
Community is Key for Menopausal Women
These are just a few of our favorite menopause advocates and influencers on Instagram. They’re part of a wider community of women helping other women through perimenopause now, and preparing the next generation of women for this too-often-ignored phase of life. Following women who openly and honestly discuss their own journeys through menopause can be incredibly helpful. If you’re feeling the impact o f changing hormones and other shifts in your body from perimenopause or menopause, check out one or all of these women for some information and inspiration in your menopause journey.