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VITAMINS AT THE MENOPAUSE

February 14th, 2020

A balanced and varied diet should provide all the vitamins a woman needs during her menopausal years. But occasionally a healthcare professional may suggest a vitamin supplement. This may be, for example, after a blood test revealing a deficiency or due to a poor diet. A vitamin deficiency can affect your health, including making your menopausal symptoms worse. In general though, it’s unwise, and could be harmful, to take supplements without professional advice. Here are some useful vitamins for women around the time of the menopause.

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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

January 28th, 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

January 20th, 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, complementary therapies and medicines, nutrition, exercise and health topics such as a man’s guide to the menopause, contraception for the over-40’s and hair loss and hair thinning.

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The Menopause Exchange back issues are available by post. They cost £2.75 each/£8.00 for four newsletters/£15.00 for nine newsletters. 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.

MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

December 31st, 2019

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 80 (spring 2019) and 81 (summer 2019) 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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LIBIDO AND THE MENOPAUSE

December 13th, 2019

Around 50% of postmenopausal women suffer from sexual dysfunction, with a loss of libido as the most common complaint (affecting 43%). As life expectancy increases, healthy women may live over a third of their lives after the menopause and wish to remain sexually active into their 70s and beyond. It’s therefore important to address low libido and its potential consequences on women and their relationships. Read the rest of this entry »

SHOULD ALL WOMEN BE ON NON-ORAL HRT?

November 5th, 2019

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in January 2019 found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) hormones absorbed through the skin are safer than HRT hormones swallowed as a tablet or capsule. The large observational study, based on women in the UK aged 40 to 79 years, provided information on the risk of a blood clot in the legs or to the lungs (venous thromboembolism) in women taking different types of HRT. This study showed that transdermal HRT (absorbed through the skin) isn’t associated with any increased blood clot risk. With oral products, however, there is a risk of blood clots; this varies with type of oestrogen, type of progestogen and the doses used.

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MENOPAUSE IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

October 16th, 2019

There is wide variation across different cultures on how each group experiences the menopause. This article looks at what research tells us about different ethnic groups.

This article was included in issue 81 (summer 2019) of The Menopause Exchange newsletter.

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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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