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A MAN’S GUIDE TO THE MENOPAUSE

February 20th, 2019

Research involving married couples found that women with a positive attitude towards the menopause struggled with fewer symptoms. Women also said that their menopausal symptoms were fewer if their partners had a positive attitude. Research on men’s impressions, experiences and attitudes towards their wives going through a natural menopause found that if men had a better understanding of the changes women were experiencing, they were able to provide more emotional support. This, in turn, helped to improve marital relationships. So what do men need to know about the menopause so that they can help and support their partners?

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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

February 14th, 2019

Women usually experience the menopause between 45 and 55, with 51 being the average age. Since the employment rate in the UK has grown substantially for women aged between 50 and 64, and 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms, it’s not surprising that the menopause can have a significant effect on a woman’s working life.

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HRT: MAKING A DECISION

January 12th, 2019

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on the menopause, which was published in 2015, recommended that women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms shouldn’t ‘suffer in silence’, and that a range of treatment options, including HRT, are available and can help. It’s difficult to decide whether or not to take HRT, especially because there are so many myths and misconceptions about its safety, following the publication of the UK’s Million Women’s Study and the US Women’s Health Initiative in the early 2000s. This article aims to inform you about the benefits and potential risks of taking HRT before you make the final decision with your doctor or nurse. The use of HRT is a personal choice and, for many women, it markedly improves flushes and sweats. However, not all women can take HRT or choose it as an option, so it’s important to discuss the pros and cons with a healthcare professional.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

January 6th, 2019

We are e-mailing our quarterly newsletters for FREE to anyone with an interest in the menopause, midlife and post-menopausal health.

The Menopause Exchange newsletters contain easy-to-read articles written by healthcare professionals (such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses,  pharmacists, dietitians and complementary therapists) and major medical charities. We provide impartial, practical information on various topics including menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, HRT, complementary therapies and medicines, nutrition, exercise, self-help and lifestyle measures and health topics such as digestive problems, osteoarthritis and foot health.

If you would like to receive free quarterly e-mailed newsletters visit the ‘Home’ page or ‘Join Us’ page for information on how to receive them or call us on 020 8420 7245.

Back Issues – Special Offer
The Menopause Exchange back issues are available by post. We have a special offer of four back issues for only £8.00. If you would like to order these, we take payments through our online PayPal account. www.menopause-exchange.co.uk/join_us/join.htm; Alternatively, send your completed form www.menopause-exchange.co.uk/downloads/back-issues-form.pdf with a cheque payable to The Menopause Exchange to PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS.

Norma Goldman BPharm. MRPharmS. MSc.
Founder & Director of The Menopause Exchange.

DOES LIFE BEGIN AT THE MENOPAUSE? NORMA GOLDMAN’S VIEW

December 25th, 2018

Norma Goldman BPharm. MRPharmS. MSc. 
Founder & Director of The Menopause Exchange.

Going through the menopause certainly hasn’t stopped me enjoying life. And I hope my story will inspire and encourage women to ‘have a go’ and take opportunities as they arise.

I have a degree in pharmacy. I obtained a Master’s degree in health promotion and I am a qualified health promotion specialist. In 1999, I founded The Menopause Exchange, which is an independent organisation for anyone with an interest in menopausal issues.

I present talks and seminars on all aspects of the menopause to both women and healthcare professionals. I am highly attuned to the concerns of women facing the menopause and I enjoy meeting them at the talks that I present, interacting with them and hearing about their menopausal experiences. I am often interviewed by journalists for newspapers, journals and magazines.

Since I founded The Menopause Exchange, my life has become more hectic than ever. I am married with two daughters and three grandchildren, so I also enjoy spending time with my family.

MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

December 17th, 2018

The following ‘Ask the Experts’ questions were sent in to The Menopause Exchange by our members, the answers were provided by our ‘Ask the Experts’ panel and included in issues 76 (spring 2018) and 77 (summer 2018) of The Menopause Exchange newsletter. If you would like to read the questions and answers in the latest issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter sign up for FREE emailed newsletters.

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CONTRACEPTION FOR THE OVER-40s

November 14th, 2018

It’s a common assumption that women can stop using contraception in their 40s because their fertility is declining. But contraception shouldn’t be abandoned just because your periods become irregular and sex may be less frequent, because women do still become pregnant in their 40s and even into their 50s (naturally, without fertility treatment).

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MENOPAUSE POEM

November 10th, 2018

Boiling Betty and Freezing Freddie
A poem by Roger Bulgin, husband of a member of The Menopause Exchange

Boiling Betty is a woman of a certain age, whose children have grown up and moved away.
Though still an object of desire, her body now creates a different fire.
So when she goes out, her coat stays undone, and she carries a fan in case of the sun.
While Freddie’s collar is up and his cap pulled down, he wears his scarf and gloves while he walks through the town.
For where once Betty’s eggs were laid and hatched, her hormones have left for the coast, their bags all packed.
At night she steams with her sleep often broken, and even in winter the window is left wide open.
While Freddie freezes under blankets and pyjamas, he thinks his wife has gone bananas.
“Freezing Freddie,” she calls in her night sweats, “if you’re cold, just go put on another vest!”
So while Freddie shivers like ice beneath the duvet, Betty sizzles like a pancake on Shrove Tuesday.
“I’m boiling,” cries Betty. “I think I’m on fire!” “I’m freezing,” thinks Freddie. “Can we turn the heating higher?”
So like all good marriages built on give and take, they moved to the middle of the bed to arbitrate.
Where Betty is embraced by Freddie’s cooling arms, and Freddie is warmed by Betty’s enduring charms.

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ALL ABOUT OSTEOARTHRITIS

August 10th, 2018

In addition to articles on the menopause, The Menopause Exchange regularly features topics relevant to women of menopausal age.

Osteoarthritis, the most common cause of joint pain, affects more than eight million people aged 45 and over in the UK. It affects joints such as your knees, hips or hands when your body’s normal repair process can’t keep up with the everyday wear and tear that your joints go through.

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MENOPAUSE CLINICS

October 16th, 2016

Most women with menopausal symptoms are seen and successfully treated by their GP or practice nurse. However, sometimes they may need to go to a menopause clinic for special advice. This may be because they have had breast cancer, have medical conditions that make treatment difficult or have experienced a premature menopause. Sometimes a menopause clinic can offer treatments not available to GPs.

If you currently attend, or have attended, a menopause clinic (NHS/private), or you work at a menopause clinic, please email norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk with the clinic’s name and address details.

 

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