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NORMA GOLDMAN MENOPAUSE WEBINARS

July 23rd, 2021

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

I have a pharmacy degree and worked as a pharmacist for many years. I am a qualified health promotion specialist, presenting talks and workshops since 1999 as well as, more recently, webinars for workplaces, companies and organisations.
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STAGES OF THE MENOPAUSE

July 22nd, 2021

The menopause occurs when your ovaries run out of eggs. Women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have, in comparison to men who create sperm throughout their lives.

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FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

July 20th, 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

May 25th, 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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WHO CAN’T TAKE HRT?

May 1st, 2021

HRT should be avoided in some clinical situations. But no one should be denied it based on outdated evidence or the personal opinion of the healthcare professional involved. Taking recent scientific data along with the most up-to-date information, I aim to clarify what information is needed to help make the decision about who can and can’t use HRT.

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MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

April 25th, 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 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.

Am I likely to experience the menopause at the same age as my mum did?

Dr Diana Mansour, consultant doctor, replies:

It’s likely that you’ll experience your menopause within a few years of your mum’s age at the menopause. Most women go through the menopause between 45 and 55, with the average age being about 51. So if your mum went through the menopause at this age, it’s highly likely that you will too, unless you have certain medical conditions or treatments or have had gynaecological surgery affecting how your ovaries work. If your mum went through an early menopause before age 45, you’ll have a greater risk of an early menopause (before the age of 45). Research is still investigating this complex issue, with a number of genes seeming to play a role.

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ALL ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER

April 15th, 2021

Ovarian cancer affects around 7000 people each year in the UK. The lifetime risk of developing this cancer is one in 50, meaning it’s a less common cancer. Breast cancer is a common cancer, with a lifetime risk of one in seven.

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ARE MEDICINES STRIPPING YOU OF NUTRIENTS?

April 12th, 2021

As you reach the menopause, you may have to take medicines for the first time or take more medicines, such as antacids, blood pressure tablets or diabetes drugs. But have you realised that these medicines may be affecting nutrient levels in your body? And if your diet is already poor and unbalanced, your nutrient status could suffer, affecting your health?

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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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