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Monday, January 13th, 2020

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. (more…)


Friday, December 20th, 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.



Tuesday, 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.



Wednesday, 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.



Wednesday, September 25th, 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 80 (spring 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.



Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

We live in a close relationship with the bacteria that are on us, and inside us – and while we usually think of bacteria as harmful, there are in fact countless different bacteria that help us. You may feel slightly queasy thinking that around 100 trillion bacteria are living on and inside your body right now – in fact, you’re made up of 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells! Some live on the
surface of your skin, inside your mouth, nose and vagina – but the biggest number are living inside your gut, particularly your colon. The gut flora – also called the gut microbiota – refers to the community of bacteria living inside your digestive tract.



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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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 with the clinic’s name and address details.


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