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The Menopause Exchange Blog

NON-HORMONAL PRESCRIBED TREATMENTS FOR MENOPAUSAL SWEATS AND FLUSHES

September 2nd, 2019

Hot flushes and night sweats are experienced by most menopausal women for an average of seven years, and for some, these can last a lifetime. HRT is the first choice of treatment but some women with certain medical conditions shouldn’t be prescribed hormone-based treatments. By caring for breast cancer survivors, doctors have extended their experience in prescribing alternative medicines for the menopause.

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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

August 5th, 2019

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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MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

July 18th, 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 issue 79 (winter 2018/19) 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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PRESCRIBING OF HRT

July 5th, 2019

Women prescribed HRT often say: “I’ve got my life back”. As a doctor, this is a hugely rewarding phrase to hear. Achieving good midlife health is a holistic process. Underpinning this is HRT’s ability to even out rollercoastering hormones. This guide to HRT prescribing aims to provide knowledge of when, why and how HRT is prescribed, how to adjust it and when to stop, as well as touching on vaginal health and contraception. Hopefully, you’ll be empowered to work with your healthcare professional to manage your individual HRT needs.

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FATIGUE AND THE MENOPAUSE

June 18th, 2019

There are many reasons why you may be feeling tired, such as after an illness, extreme activity or acute stress. When doctors use the word ‘fatigue’, they mean overwhelming, prolonged and often- unexplained tiredness, not relieved by good sleep and rest.

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BLOOD PRESSURE – THE SILENT KILLER

June 8th, 2019

We don’t only cover menopause – related topics in our newsletter.  We cover general health topics too – anything that will be of interest to women of menopausal age.

Almost one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure – that’s around 16 million people. In addition, over five million adults have high blood pressure but don’t know it. That’s because high blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms, which is why the condition is known as the silent killer.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

April 26th, 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.

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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 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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