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The Menopause Chat You Haven’t Had Yet: Meet Alloy.

Team August Interviewing Anne Fulenwider (she/her) & Monica Molenaar (she/her) from Alloy. | 8.17.2022

It's never too early to start talking about menopause.

Only 6% of those seeking treatment for menopause symptoms actually get it! That's the problem we're trying to solve. And no matter how old you are, it's time to start the conversation.

We want you to make decisions about your health based on facts, not fear. Menopause is inevitable, but suffering through it isn’t.

Meet Alloy!

“Obsessed with feeling our best”: Alloy is a new kind of healthcare company on a mission to spread the word about menopause and get everyone relief from their symptoms – so that they can get their lives back.

Keep reading to hear why the co-founders of Alloy were inspired to create a menopause brand, what they hope the future of menopause education looks like and advice for those in perimenopause.

What inspired you and ignited your passion for starting Alloy?

Monica: I went through surgical menopause at 40 after I had my ovaries removed, and couldn’t believe how hard it was to find solutions. I knew there had to be a better way.

Anne: We did a story at Marie Claire when I was Editor called ‘Being a Woman is Killing You’ about how underfunded and under-resourced womens health is. So when Monica came to me with the idea to start a menopause company I was excited to try and fix this problem.

In one sentence, how would you describe the brand?

Alloy offers straight talk and science-based solutions for people over 40 suffering from symptoms of menopause.

What was the process like starting your business?

It was exhilarating, exhausting, and required a ton of energy and creativity to solve the systemic problems surrounding menopause care.

Ever since we started, it’s been thrilling to see how many people align with our mission.

Can you tell us a bit about your personal experience with menopause?

While Monica’s experience started with her surgery, Anne is in perimenopause and had no idea her mood swings and painful periods were related to her hormonal levels until she started working at Alloy.

If someone were to ask you, “What is the one thing I need to know about menopause that people don’t talk about?”, what would you say?

Every single menopause symptom is due to the lack of estrogen in your body once you stop menstruating.

Supplementing your body’s natural estrogen is not only safe and effective to soothe your symptoms, but also protective of your heart, your brain, and your bones – three of the most important organs to protect as we age.

What is the goal for Alloy and what would your dream collaboration look like?

Alloy is looking to give people all the information and agency they need to make their own health decisions.

Our dream is to collaborate with everyone trying to break down barriers in healthcare.

What does the future of menopause education look like to you?

That everyone who menstruates learns the entire story of their reproductive cycle:

For a certain period of your life you’ll be menstruating. THIS is how it starts, THIS is how it works, THIS is how it ends. And when it ends, your life isn’t over. In fact, it’s the beginning of a whole new phase.

Why were you interested in collaborating with August and how do you see the two brands connecting?

We wanted to collaborate with August because you’ve been so good at bringing the period conversation out into the open, we were inspired because we wanted to do the same thing for the menopause conversation.

We want to connect on education and content and make all of this less mysterious and confusing for everyone.

Do you have any advice for young menstruators that may be curious about menstruation because a parent, guardian or role model in their life is going through it?

We’d encourage young menstruators to have empathy for ‘post-menstruators’ and to let them know that they don’t have to suffer alone.

There are solutions, and there is good information out there to help them get back to feeling like themselves.

Any advice for someone who has just determined that they are in perimenopause?

Go to myalloy.com and gather all the information you can.

Let’s keep the post-period conversation going.

We are so excited to continue sharing stories of menopause with the August x Alloy communities. Stay tuned for a very exciting campaign in October that will celebrate and educate for Menopause Awareness Month!

If you have a story to share about menopause (as someone who’s going through it, gone through it, or watching a loved one experience this phase of life) – we’d love to hear from you HERE!

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