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The Menopause Exchange Blog

SMOKING AND ALCOHOL AT THE MENOPAUSE

June 10th, 2019

One of the most important things you can do at this time of life is to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be. Women, on average, live a third of their life in the post-menopausal phase, so this is a good time to re-evaluate your health and try to improve it.

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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

June 8th, 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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THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE GIVEAWAY

May 15th, 2019

We have a giveaway on the news page of the latest issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter to win one of three copies of Worst Case Scenario, the new novel from Helen FitzGerald. Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of The Cry, the widely acclaimed psychological thriller that was televised as a four-part BBC drama series last year (featuring Jenna Coleman). Worst Case Scenario (published by Orenda Books) is a hard-hitting crime novel featuring a menopausal main character. The competition is open to UK & Ireland subscribers to The Menopause Exchange.

FREE MENOPAUSE NEWSLETTERS FROM THE MENOPAUSE EXCHANGE

May 15th, 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.

Back Issues – Special Offer
The Menopause Exchange back issues are available by post. We have a special offer of four back issues for only £8.00. 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

May 1st, 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 78 (autumn 2018) 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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HRT MYTHS

April 26th, 2019

HRT is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Its use plummeted towards the beginning of this century, following some large clinical trials that suggested using HRT increased the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. But over the past decade, further research and reanalysis of the data have revealed that for most women under 60, the benefits of HRT outweigh any risks. However, myths prevail regarding HRT use. This article looks at the research behind HRT to dispel some of these common myths.

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MINERALS AT THE MENOPAUSE

February 27th, 2019

Minerals are as essential in the diet as vitamins, but often not given as much attention. Surveys show that many women are deficient in several important minerals, and menopausal women are no exception. However, we get too much of certain minerals in our diet and that too can be harmful to our health. Let’s look at some essential minerals and their function in the body:

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HAIR LOSS AND HAIR THINNING

February 10th, 2019

Ageing is a biological process and should be celebrated. In fact, in many cultures it’s honoured as well, and the knowledge of the elders in the family is highly respected.

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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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