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How the menopause has given women a new lust for life

The menopause is so often regarded as a negative experience, but it can be a new chapter in which many women find themselves with a new lease of life.

The rush of energy and increased confidence that women can experience can be the perfect springboard for pursuing long-held ambitions or new dreams, whether that’s embarking on a new career, taking up a new sport or hobby, or simply taking the time to focus on feeling your best.

Here we speak to women about the greater self-assurance that comes with menopause – and what it inspired them to do.

Clare, 52, Hertfordshire

“For me, this stage in my life has signalled new beginnings and a desire to try new things. Just after I turned 50 I decided to take up a part-time gardening course at a local college. I loved it so much I then took a sabbatical from my retail job to do a year-long course full time, and was awarded horticulture student of the year for my level. As well as learning a new skill I’ve made lots of new friends and it’s really boosted my confidence. It has been a very positive experience and I’m now looking into pursuing gardening full time.”

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