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BLOOD PRESSURE – THE SILENT KILLER

Wednesday, July 17th, 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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THE MENOPAUSE AT WORK

Monday, July 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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MENOPAUSE ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Wednesday, June 26th, 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 78 (autumn 2018) and  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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FATIGUE AND THE MENOPAUSE

Thursday, June 20th, 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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HRT MYTHS

Saturday, June 15th, 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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SMOKING AND ALCOHOL AT THE MENOPAUSE

Saturday, May 4th, 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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MENOPAUSE POEM

Saturday, 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

Sunday, 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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