The beginning of a new year often inspires us to make resolutions, and one of the most common goals is improving health and fitness. Midlife and menopause is an important time to look at our health, as key shifts start to occur in our metabolic and cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, the vast amount of information available […]
Anxiety might be the only symptom of perimenopause and menopause that we experience. We often don’t make the connection and just put this down to more stress in our lives. Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful situations, part of our flight and fight response which keeps us safe in precarious situations. It starts
Menopause in the workplace is a growing area of recognition, and rightly so. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women will consider leaving work due to their menopause symptoms. One in 10 women will leave their job due to their menopause symptoms. Symptoms of menopause include: Forgetfulness and brain fog. Tiredness. Loss of confidence, difficulty
How does menopause affect weight? Many women report a gain in weight in midlife, but the reasons for this are multifactorial. Midlife tends to be accompanied by a muscle mass fall, resulting in a fall in resting metabolic rate and burning fewer calories. There is a complex relationship between oestrogen and weight gain. The fall
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? HRT is medication containing the hormones that a woman’s body stops producing after menopause. The aim of HRT, as its name would suggest, is to replace the hormone that the body ceases to produce during menopause, namely oestrogen. Body identical HRT is the closest molecular structure to our body’s
Having great sex after menopause is no longer a taboo. It’s something women in their 50s and beyond are celebrating. But for some, desire can be diminished, or the experience can be painful. Some simple steps can help with both aspects and bring back the joys of intimacy and fun. How can I increase my
Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It’s diagnosed after you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period. The average age for Menopause in the UK is 51, so many women will start to experience perimenopausal symptoms around 47. Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such
Not all women experience the same menopausal symptoms like hot flushes. Some women have no symptoms at all while others experience mild to moderate symptoms and a few have symptoms so severe that they significantly interfere with daily life. If you have menopause after surgery or menopause after chemotherapy, you may experience more severe symptoms.
Society has a polarised view of menopause treatment, you are either in the ‘HRT’ camp or the ‘natural’ camp. Those who are looking for natural solutions are often vehemently against HRT. And there are some in the HRT camp looking for a quick fix for their symptoms and pay little heed to changing their lifestyle.
In my clinic last week a 47 year patient came in clutching a large handbag, and poured onto my desk what looked like a pharmacy of supplements. She wasn’t sure quite what they did and hadn’t noticed any real benefits, but she was very aware she was spending a small fortune on them. She was