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CYSTITIS AND THRUSH AT THE MENOPAUSE

March 29th, 2021

Women often get genitourinary symptoms around the time of the menopause, frequently due to mild infections such as cystitis and thrush. At the menopause, you may be more prone to these infections, as reduced oestrogen production causes a rise in your vaginal pH. This affects your vaginal ‘microbiome’, the balance of bugs that live harmoniously inside you.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

March 24th, 2021

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.

WORKPLACE MENOPAUSE POLICIES AND GUIDANCE

March 20th, 2021

I ’ve been presenting talks and workshops in the workplace for 21 years, and more recently webinars. An important focus of interest over the last two years has been the preparation of a menopause policy or guidance for employees and employers.

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HRT QUESTIONS YOU FORGOT TO ASK YOUR GP

March 17th, 2021

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can contain oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These hormones reduce menopausal symptoms and also offer benefits for bone protection, cardiovascular health and cognitive function. For most women, HRT benefits far outweigh any potential risks of blood clotting, stroke or breast cancer. Every woman’s experience of menopause and/or HRT treatment is unique, so the management approach is very individual. You may have questions about whether HRT is right for you, and how to use it.

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MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

January 24th, 2021

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 85 (summer 2020) and issue 86 (autumn 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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IS THIS THE MENOPAUSE?

January 10th, 2021

In the months or years leading up to the menopause, women can experience common symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats and insomnia, especially before a period. Fortunately, many recognise these symptoms and ask for advice. But women with less common symptoms may not ask for help, delaying the diagnosis. Less common symptoms include joint aches and pain, ‘brain fog,’ feeling forgetful, skin changes, low mood or mood swings, a loss of interest in sex, vaginal dryness and bladder problems.

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NUTRITION AND IMMUNITY

December 26th, 2020

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 across the globe, the media (both print and online) has been awash with ways to boost our immunity. Ranging from garlic and lemons, to alkaline foods and cleansing, suggestions range from the everyday to downright bizarre. Could what you eat influence your immunity? Here’s what you can do, both during and after the menopause, to help maintain great health.

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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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