I am Susanne Liedtke, the founder of NOBODYTOLDME. The idea for this site was born when I myself started going through menopause and was first surprised and then annoyed by how difficult it is to get reasonable information on this important topic. It was clear that something had to change, and quickly. After a relatively short time I decided: If I’m going to tackle this, I’m going to do it properly. That’s why today I dedicate 100% of my time to building this platform.
My personal menopausal biography reads like many others: I had as vivid a memory of my mother’s menopause as I had of my puberty or my children’s’, without ever having to worry about my hormones. I first heard the term “perimenopause” when I was 49 years old. Nobody had told me that such a powerful and profound process begins even before the last menstrual period and that menopause is basically the reversal of puberty. I never thought about all that. That something is changing – in my case already in my early 40s – I have already felt that. I just didn’t associate it with the decline in my hormones … the bad sleep, the dry, dull hair, the breaking fingernails, the aching shoulder … What actually happens to our body and to our psyche when the hormones slowly run dry or fluctuate and we exchange one piece of femininity for something else? Something that we do not yet know exactly what it is … I wanted to know more. And everything I read about it online was rather daunting. The variety of opinions were confusing, and the range of products did not appeal to me at all.
My friends felt the same way. And that’s why today there is NOBODYTOLDME. I quit my job at Google in order to clean up the taboo of menopause, to educate and to offer products and services that can demonstrably help. So that every woman over 40 doesn’t have to go on this journey alone. Be it to feel better prepared to go to your next doctor’s appointment, to finally find something that helps you fall asleep or simply to better understand what is going on with your body. NOBODYTOLDME about menopause. And that will change now.