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Yes! MenoMe® Is By Women for Women | Meet The Fantastic Team

At MenoMe® it’s our mission to help support every woman to have her best menopause. This is because the business emerged from our own experiences and we’re women too so we understand the journey.

Since our beginnings in 2015, we’ve grown to have a team of contributors who are at every stage of menopause – pre-, peri- and post-.

And now, without further ado, we invite you to meet them.

Seriously, we have an amazing team of women here at MenoMe® so we’re excited to introduce them to you all.

From their 20s through to their 70s, here they are – in no particular order – giving you a little peek into who they are and what they do.

Leigh Kite MenoMe® Managing Director

Meet The Team: Leigh Kite

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

I’m Leigh and my official title is Managing Director.

What I actually do is work with suppliers to develop new products, make sure we always have enough stock on hand, take care of all our legal and regulatory compliance, oversee our strategic direction and manage our P+L.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?


What one thing would you tell other women about menopause?

Don’t be in denial.

If you are 40, you’re either in perimenopause or about to be.

Educate yourself so that you know and recognise the symptoms and how to manage them. And yes, it’s possible!

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

Working with a great team of women who all share the same vision – to help women better navigate all stages of menopause.

And oh, the great testimonials we get from women whose lives we have positively impacted – those are the best!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am addicted to knitting. My goal this year is to knit one item a month and I’m on track so far. I love that it’s a craft that is making a huge comeback.

Holly Team MenoMe

Meet The Team: Holly Zachan

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

 I’m Holly. I work on anything creative based for the brand.

Whether that be new packaging, social media tiles, or designing any ads we might be running. I also help with brand strategy and naming new products.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I have recently discovered (thanks to being a part of this team) I am very much in perimenopause! Yup, it’s happening.

What one thing would you tell other women about menopause?

That recognising some of the 34 most common symptoms (and counting) is an important first step.

We can walk around all day googling weird symptoms and think that surely it can’t be menopause, but it probably is.

These can show up any time after 35. I’m 41 so I knew when a couple of symptoms ramped up that I must be in peri.

Then find support for yourself whether that’s a supplement, adding in extra nutrition, yoga, exercise or podcasts – educate yourself and join a like-minded community or talk with your girlfriends.

You’re not going through this transition alone and there are people around to help. Like us!

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

 I love all the ladies.

We all bring something different to the table. We can have open and honest conversations where we all bounce off each other and everyone is so supportive.

I’m super grateful that MenoMe® came into my life when it did.

I was very much premenopause when I started working with the team so I felt like I got an education and grounding into what this next stage of life was.

And I’ve been able to recognise it in myself instead of walking around in the dark not knowing what was happening to me.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I’ve just started learning to play golf and I love it.

Never in a million years did I ever think that would be the case.

It’s a great hobby to play with some golfing girlfriends and my husband.

I also find it great to practice mindfulness as I can’t think about anything else when I’m swinging a golf club!

Meet The Team: Deanne Werder-McCrea

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

I’m Dee, Co-founder (with Leigh) and Digital Director.

My day-to-day role includes decision-making, working with the technical aspects of our website and overseeing dispatch and customer communications.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I think I’m post-menopause now but I’m not sure as I had an endometrial ablation at 47, so I haven’t had a period since then. Although now I’m 53 which is past the average age for menopause of 51.

What is one thing would you tell other women about menopause?

Don’t suffer in silence and don’t be embarrassed by your menopause symptoms.

Talk about it with your friends and family.

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

I love working with my colleagues and having real down-to-earth conversations on the phone with women who ring through with questions.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have long toes.

My husband says I could play the piano with them – lol!

But seriously, I like to set myself new goals each year and this year it is to do 52 bush/trail walks (essentially one a week). The walk has to take me at least an hour to do. I have completed 10 and love that this goal is getting me out to local tracks I have never been on before (or knew about). So far I have tramped several tracks around New Zealand’s Taranaki and Taupo. My go to walk (if time restricts me) is the predator free reserve of Lake Rotokare just east of Eltham.

Niki Team MenoMe

Meet The Team: Niki Creasy

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

I’m Niki! I run Blah PR & Marketing and help run the MenoMe® social media channels, as well as promoting this wonderful business through the media.

My role includes creating, posting and managing content on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok – alongside Jenna.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I’m 34 and currently in premenopause – I love learning and preparing for what’s to come from the lovely ladies at MenoMe®.

What have you learned by being part of MenoMe®?

I have learned SO much about menopause by being part of MenoMe®.

Prior to working with the team, I thought menopause was all about old ladies having hot flushes and mood swings.

Now I know that there is much more to menopause than those symptoms – and I know it is all manageable.

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

There’s a lot I love about working with MenoMe®! The team of women behind MenoMe® are all incredibly strong, warm and inspiring.

They’re all experts in their fields, it is a real pleasure to work with them all.

What’s a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I have two very different lifestyles.

One part of me loves the glam life – getting dressed up, socialising, shopping (I also own a small cosmetics company), and the other part is into hiking, hunting and being in the mountains.

A balance of both of these parts of my life makes me a very happy girl.

Lucy Team MenoMe

Meet The Team: Lucy Traill

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

Hi! My name is Lucy and I’m the Digital Marketing Strategist for MenoMe®, alongside my team at Flow Marketing/

I coordinate our paid marketing campaigns across Google, social media, YouTube and email marketing, whilst helping with conversion rate optimisation on the website.

Really, most of my job consists of building, implementing and testing new campaigns and marketing strategies to achieve the greatest impact toward helping women facing peri- or post-menopausal symptoms.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I am premenopause.

What have you learned by being part of MenoMe®?

From working with MenoMe® I have learned SO much about menopause that I didn’t previously know.

I knew very little about menopause, and to be honest thought it seemed scary, but that’s because I didn’t know about the symptoms, signs and how best to handle it when at that stage of life.

Now, having worked with MenoMe® I feel well-equipped to handle menopause and can recognise the signs early on. Knowing there is support out there, and supplements that can support symptoms makes me feel much more prepared.

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

Every single person working with MenoMe® is passionate about helping women and loves what they do. Everyone is so kind and focused on improving the lives of women who are facing peri- and post-menopause.

What’s a fun fact about you?

Most people don’t expect it, but I am actively involved in Rally NZ motorsport events, volunteering across the country as part of an awesome timing crew.

Essentially, I choose to spend my days out in the rain and cold timing rally cars, all for the love of the sport!

Peg Team MenoMe

Meet The Team: Peg Strang

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

Hi, I’m Peg. I’ve been a registered nurse for 52 years and have worked in many different areas of the health system. At MenoMe® I look after a few admin things particularly emails, making sure they reach the right department. I also respond to the many ‘are you in peri or post-menopause quiz’ emails.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I think I might be post-menopause 🙂

What one thing you would you tell other women about menopause?

There is light at the end of the tunnel, you will survive this.

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

Yes, I love working with the wonderful team at MenoMe® and I love the flexibility.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have two sets of pearls, one for gardening and one for going out. Also, I don’t like having my photo taken.

Jenna Moore author-health-coach

Meet The Team: Jenna Moore

Who are you and what do you do at MenoMe®?

Hi, I’m Jenna and I wear a lot of hats as part of Team MenoMe®. I’m an accredited health and menopause coach so I help and support women and answer questions. I’m also a former editor so I create a lot of the content (like this!) plus the science-y articles. And it’s usually me at the end of Live Chat.

In addition, I host our private Facebook group, the ever-fabulous 40+ Ageless Goddesses. (Join us here) You’ll also see me doing crazy things on social media sometimes (I do what Niki tells me to do LOL). 

I also host our interviews and the latest string to our bow – the Women On Fire podcast which we proudly sponsor. We have amazing guests such as the beautiful Rebecca Gibney and Menodoctor (the lovely Dr Linda Dear). Also coming soon is John Gray, the author of the biggest-selling relationship book of all time, Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus. He has amazing things to say about estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and our behaviour in relationships. (I’d love it you’d subscribe here.) 

I joined Leigh and Dee in the very early days of MenoMe® and became a shareholder so it’s exciting to see us grow. I love that we have such a fabulous team now too.

Are you pre-, peri- or post-menopause?

I’m post-menopause now but through most of my MenoMe® journey, I’ve been in perimenopause.

What one thing would you tell other women about menopause?

It’s so hard for me to pin it down to one thing because I talk to so many of you.

Perhaps most importantly, you are not going mad, you are not alone, you can manage this naturally if that’s your preference and it doesn’t last forever. (Although, for some of us it can feel like it).

And vitamin H (humour) is a life saver!

Is there something you love about working with MenoMe®?

Everything the other ladies have said is true. Team MenoMe® is an extremely special group of women. It’s also super wonderful that they represent every stage of menopause and have embraced our mission.

I think that’s also reflected in our community because there are some amazing women who follow and engage with MenoMe®. Perhaps they’re drawn to our collective energy?

What’s a fun fact about you?

Because I used to work in fashion and beauty, it feels like part of my DNA so I love getting glammed up for an occasion. But I’m also very at home with a paintbrush and hammer in hand doing some DIY. Oh, and sometimes I dance and sing when nobody’s watching.

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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.