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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

One of the harder-to-define symptom areas of the menopause is the mixture of cognitive function (thinking) impairment – the ‘poor concentration, memory loss and general brain fog’ described by many women. It’s harder to specify a pattern compared to other menopausal symptoms, but this can be just as disabling.



Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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.



Sunday, February 16th, 2020

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 81 (summer 2019) and 82 (autumn 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, February 4th, 2020

The term ‘cancer’ can cause fear and worry but it’s not well understood. At the beginning of the cancer process, cells lose control. They become abnormal and multiply without their usual checks and balances. There are many different types of cancer and these are classified by the type of cell that gave rise to them. The effects of HRT vary for different types of cancers, as you will see below.



Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

A balanced and varied diet should provide all the vitamins a woman needs during her menopausal years. But occasionally a healthcare professional may suggest a vitamin supplement. This may be, for example, after a blood test revealing a deficiency or due to a poor diet. A vitamin deficiency can affect your health, including making your menopausal symptoms worse. In general though, it’s unwise, and could be harmful, to take supplements without professional advice. Here are some useful vitamins for women around the time of the menopause.



Friday, December 13th, 2019

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…)


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.



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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