Episode 145

Catherine O’Keeffe

Podcast Length: 53 min | Date Published: 14th June 2022

Overcoming the Taboo of Menopause in the Workplace with Wellness Warrior Catherine O’Keeffe

“Whatever the question, the answer is always education.”

Don’t be put off by the title of this episode: regardless of who you are, what age you are, or at what stage of your career, you are about to learn something valuable. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is just for women, or just for women of a certain age, because it’s for everyone!

Over 80% of the salon industry is made up of women. So, if you’re a man, it’s highly likely that you will have female team members and/or female clientele.

My guest on today’s Podcast is Catherine O’Keeffe. She has a business called ‘Wellness Warrior’ and she is Ireland’s first menopause coach.

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • The difference between perimenopause and menopause
  • Dealing with the symptoms of menopause
  • The impact that menopause can have on morale, productivity and retention
  • How menopause affects hair…

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[03:17] The personal experience that inspired Catherine to leave her job as an investment banker to become Ireland’s first menopause coach.

[06:53] What Catherine’s role as a menopause coach consists of.

[09:57] Upsides of the psychological transformation that takes place during menopause.

[13:16] How women’s health has historically been approached in our society.

[16:52] Examples of the wide range of symptoms associated with menopause.

[18:45] The origin of the word menopause.

[20:51] Perimenopause, menopause, postmenopause; Catherine shares some details about each stage.

[24:28] Exploring the individual nature of menopause.

[25:32] 9; the age of the youngest person Catherine has met who has gone through menopause.

[26:14] Environmental factors that affect menopause onset.

[27:25] Links between endometriosis and menopause symptoms.

[28:53] Catherine’s advice for preparing for menopause, which helps to take the fear out of it.

[33:08] The transitory nature of perimenopause and menopause symptoms, using Catherine’s own experiences as examples.

[34:33] How Hormone Therapy works, and the risks and benefits associated with it,

[43:30] Catherine explains how salon owners can make work-life easier for staff members who are going through menopause.

[48:06] How menopause affects hair (in some women), and how you can mitigate these effects.


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Special thanks to Catherine for sharing her insights with me for this week’s episode.

Until next time!



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Grow My Salon Business

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Wellness Warrior

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