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MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

July 17th, 2017

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 70 (autumn 2016) and 71 (winter 2016/2017) 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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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

July 16th, 2017

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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PLANT OESTROGENS: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE

June 8th, 2017

Plant oestrogens (also called phytoestrogens) are very similar in their makeup to human oestrogen. If eaten regularly, and in sufficient quantities, they start to have mild oestrogenic effects – which is potentially useful as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. For some women, these effects could be sufficient to help relieve menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flushes.

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COMING OFF HRT

June 3rd, 2017

Every woman is different. Not all women need HRT and of those women who would benefit from HRT, not all of them choose to use it. For those who do use HRT, there will always be a question of when and how to stop. Read the rest of this entry »

INSOMNIA AT THE MENOPAUSE

April 16th, 2017

Insomnia – difficulty getting to sleep, or in staying asleep long enough to feel refreshed the next morning – can significantly impact on your quality of life. It can cause tiredness and limit your daytime activity and concentration.

This article was included in issue 70  (autumn 2016) of The Menopause Exchange newsletter.

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ALL ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER

March 15th, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women in the UK; more than 7000 women are diagnosed each year. It causes around 4000 deaths a year – that’s one woman dying every two hours. This makes ovarian cancer the most deadly gynaecological cancer. Despite these statistics, the disease is not as well-known as some of the other more common cancers, and the awareness of signs and symptoms is low.

This article was included in issue 70  (autumn 2016) of The Menopause Exchange newsletter.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

October 20th, 2016

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

October 17th, 2016

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 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.

 

MENOPAUSE AND HEALTH GLOSSARY

October 23rd, 2012

Amenorrhoea: the absence or stopping of menstrual periods

Bilateral oophorectomy: operation to remove both ovaries

Body mass index (BMI): the weight of a person (in kilograms) divided by the square of the height of that person (in metres): used to indicate whether or not a person is over or underweight

Bone density: measurement of the bone’s mass in relation to its volume

Cervix: neck of the uterus (womb)

Climacteric: marks the transition from reproductive to non-reproductive state

Conjugated equine oestrogen: an oestrogen used in HRT which is obtained from mares’ urine

Corticosteroids: hormones produced naturally by the adrenal glands

Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA): method of measuring bone density

Endometriosis: a condition in which fragments of the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus

Endometrium: uterus lining

Endometrial hyperplasia: a thickening of the lining of the uterus, caused by overgrowth of the cells that line the uterus

Fallopian tubes: tubes which lead from the ovaries into the uterus

Fibroid: benign tumour of fibrous tissue and muscular tissue, one or more of which may develop within or attached to the outside of the uterus

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH): one of the female hormones produced by the pituitary gland

HDL: High-density lipoproteins

Hormone assay: a test or trial to determine the strength of hormones

HRT: hormone replacement therapy

Hyperthyroidism: an overactive thyroid gland

Hypothyroidism: subnormal activity of the thyroid gland

Hyperparathyroidism: an overactive parathyroid gland

Hysterectomy: operation to remove the uterus

Implants: small pellets inserted under the skin

Laparoscopic hysterectomy: an operation to remove the uterus through four small cuts on the abdomen below the navel

LDL: Low-density lipoproteins

Libido: sexual drive

Mammogram: a breast X-ray

Menopause: the occurrence of the last natural menstrual period

Oestrogen: a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries

Osteopenia: a degree of bone loss less severe than osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: loss of bone tissue, resulting in bones that are brittle and liable to fracture

Ovaries: a pair of female sex glands which produce sex hormones and release eggs

Ovulation: The process by which an ovum (egg cell) is released from the ovary

Pelvic floor: spans the area under the pelvis

Perimenopause: the time from the beginning of irregular periods until 12 months after your last period

Pessary: a device which fits into the vagina

Phytoestrogens: natural plant oestrogens

Post-menopause: the stage when menstruation has not occurred for a least 12 months

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): a group of symptoms experienced in varying degrees by women of reproductive age in the week before menstruation

Progesterone: a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries during the second half of the menstrual cycle

Progestogen: the synthetic form of progesterone

Prolapse: downward displacement of an organ or tissue from its normal position

Systemic: relating to or affecting the body as a whole

Testosterone: a steroid hormone formed by the ovary and adrenal glands

Unilateral oophorectomy: operation to remove one ovary

Urethra: the opening of the bladder

Uterus: a female organ which holds the developing unborn child. Also called the womb

Vagina: the lower part of the female reproductive tract

Vaginal atrophy: inflammation of the vagina and the outer urinary tract

Vaginitis: vaginal inflammation

Vasomotor symptoms: symptoms caused by the irregular function of the part of the brain that controls body heat (such as hot flushes and night sweats)

Vulva: the lips outside of the vagina

Withdrawal bleed: the breaking down of the lining of the uterus and shedding after stopping a course of progestogen

Womb: also called the uterus

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Updated January 2015
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