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THYROID PROBLEMS AND THE MENOPAUSE

November 23rd, 2020

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland just in front of your windpipe. Its job is to control your metabolism. When your thyroid gland doesn’t work properly, you may notice symptoms such as palpitations and weight loss (caused by an overactive gland) or depression and hair loss (caused by an underactive gland). Two in every 100 people in the UK will suffer from a problem with their thyroid gland, and 3% of women aged 50 or over are taking thyroid hormones.

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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

November 15th, 2020

Women usually experience the menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, with 51 being the average age in the UK. The employment rate in the UK has grown substantially for women aged 50 to 64 in recent years.  With around 75% of women experiencing menopausal symptoms, which last on average for four to eight years (and sometimes up to ten years), it’s not surprising that the menopause can have a significant effect on women’s working lives.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

November 10th, 2020

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, dieticians and complementary therapists) and major medical charities. We provide impartial, practical information on menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, self-help and lifestyle tips, HRT, prescribed medicine alternatives to HRT, complementary therapies and medicines, nutrition, exercise and health topics such as a man’s guide to the menopause, menopause in different cultures and diabetes and the menopause.

Back Issues – Special Offer

We have suspended sending back issues by post and accepting cheque payments. If you would like back issues we can email them to you at a reduced price of £6.00 for four issues and £12.00 for nine issues. Please pay by PayPal or email us your full name and email address so that we can organise a PayPal invoice for you.

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

MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

October 4th, 2020

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 issue 84 (spring 2020) and issue 85 (summer 2020) 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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STOPPING HRT

August 23rd, 2020

Women shouldn’t be advised to stop taking HRT after any arbitrary time limit,’ say the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines that help healthcare professionals provide the best and safest care at the menopause. Yet the myth that you should stop HRT after five years is still one of the most common reasons why women stop taking HRT. This is often because their doctors refuse to continue to prescribe it, in the mistaken belief that taking HRT has a maximum five-year safety limit, regardless of a woman’s age or why she’s taking it.

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CBT AND MINDFULNESS

August 21st, 2020

Women’s experience of the menopause and its symptoms is highly variable. Some women seek medical options, such as HRT, for problematic symptoms, while others prefer non-medical approaches. HRT may not be suitable for some women (e.g. women with a history of breast cancer), and concerns about side effects have contributed to an increased interest in non-hormonal treatments and self-management approaches.

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SKIN CHANGES AT THE MENOPAUSE

August 5th, 2020

Around the time of the menopause, you may notice changes to your skin. These are often overlooked in comparison to the more commonly known menopausal symptoms. The relationship between your oestrogen levels, collagen production and skin thickness is key in understanding how your skin changes at this time of life.

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

August 8th, 2019

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 workshops 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 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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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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