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Women on Fire® Podcast Presents...

Queen Menopause, Finding Majesty In The Mayhem With Alison Daddo

Alison Daddo Women on Fire interview
Alison Brahe Daddo - or Ali as she is commonly called – was only 16 when she burst onto the Australian modelling scene in the mid-80’s.

Many of us, in both Australia and New Zealand, grew up seeing her gorgeous face on the pages and covers of Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan magazines and as a model for companies like Portmans, Nivea, Covergirl and Jacqui E.

Ali went on to marry TV presenter, actor and heartthrob Cameron Daddo in her early 20s and the couple moved to the United States for Cam’s career. While there, Ali left the modelling industry and fulfilled her dream of becoming a mother to three children. She’s also worked as an educator, teaching Bodyfulmind exercise and heading up a program that prepared couples for birth, labour and post-partum. She went on to earn her teaching degree in Early Childhood from UCLA and has trained in Rudolf Steiner Education.

Since returning to Australia in 2017, she and Cam – now married for over 30 years - co-host the hit podcast “Separate Bathooms” and Ali is also a writer on parenting, relationships and the joys of being a woman. She’s also a patron of RizeUp Australia, a charity that assists domestic abuse families into new homes and safe lives.

Her first book, Queen Menopause, Finding Majesty In The Mayhem is wonderful. Described as a friendly, frank, compassionate and comprehensive companion for any woman experiencing menopause, it truly is!

Podcast Interview

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Introducing Ali (0:8)
  • Coming up with the name Queen Menopause (3:20)
  • Reframing people pleasing (5:33)
  • Models have self-doubt and insecurities too (8:47)
  • Marrying young and relocating to America for 25 years (11:04)
  • Juggling moving home, perimenopause, family and ageing parents (12:42)
  • Who am I becoming? Menopause can be a time of vulnerability (17:51)
  • Mr Worry & Miss Negative, how our brains can be impacted (21:00)
  • The health benefits of menopause (22:28)
  • Relationship challenges and how to navigate them (27:52)
  • Menopausal divorce and suicide (31:06)
  • The positives of post-menopause (35:04)
  • Looking at the woman in the mirror (38:12)
  • The wise women of the world (39:01
  • Educating family, partners and workplaces (41:11)
  • Ali’s message to women in – or coming up to – perimenopause (45:44)
  • Ali’s message to women in post-menopause (48:10)

Episode Resources:

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Welcome to the Women On Fire® Podcast. We’re on a mission to help you have your best menopause and rest of your life.

I’m your host, Jenna Moore. I’m an accredited integrative health and menopause coach and I’ve studied nutritional awareness, women’s hormones through a functional medicine lens and explored various modalities including breath work, mindset and positive psychology.

Join me and my guests as we discuss how to navigate the natural life transition of menopause and growing older. From waistlines, waning libidos and what to wear now we’re over 40 we discuss it all.

Women On Fire® is sponsored by MenoMe®, a New Zealand based company by women for women. MenoMe® specialises in evidence-based, all-natural supplements so you can experience freedom in menopause.

Disclaimer: Our Mini Pause’s are for information purposes only. They come from a holistic vantage point and from collating (often conflicting) scientific data if it’s available. They should not take the place of medical advice.

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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.