Category: Women’s health

  • Do menopause symptoms stop once you’ve gone though menopause

    Do menopause symptoms stop once you’ve gone though menopause

    Do your menopause symptoms really fade away a few years after your periods stop?    There’s a perception that menopause symptoms fade away within several years of your periods stopping and post-menopausal life goes blissfully on, but a growing body of research is challenging that. We know that vasomotor symptoms (VMS) usually start in perimenopause…

  • What does Vitamin D help with?

    What does Vitamin D help with?

    Vitamin D- what does it do and could it help your menopause symptoms?   One thing many people don’t know about Vitamin D, otherwise known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is that it’s actually a hormone. And it’s an important one when it comes bone health and preventing common menopause symptoms like joint and muscle pain.…

  • Over 55’s survey snapshot 1

    Over 55’s survey snapshot 1

    If you think menopause symptoms stop after 55, think again! Here’s a snapshot of the first results of the reproductive health and menopause survey for those age 55 or over.   Once you’ve ‘gone through” menopause there seems to be a persistent perception that menopause symptoms fade away in the first few years after your…

  • Magnesium stress and sleep

    Magnesium stress and sleep

    Could Magnesium supplements help with stress and anxiety? Poor sleep and anxiety and extremely common in perimenopause and post menopause. Often magnesium is recommended for both conditions, but does it work? When it comes to sleep here are some of the claims made and some of the evidence regarding it’s ability to improve sleep quality…

  • ashwagandha menopause supplement

    ashwagandha menopause supplement

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is fast becoming one of the most popular ingredients in wellness supplements, especially when it comes to perimenopause/menopause. It’s said to help in reducing stress and anxiety as well as improving brain function, among other things – but do the claims stack up? Ashwagandha, or Indian Gensing, is an herb that’s been…

  • over 55’s menopause survey

    over 55’s menopause survey

    If you would like to share your experience of peri/menopause after the age of 55, please fill in the following survey. You do not have to provide any identifying data, but if you do provide your email it will not be shared and the data you provide will not be linked in any way to…

  • which non-hormonal treatments work for hot flushes

    which non-hormonal treatments work for hot flushes

    What works for treating hot flushes and night sweats apart from HRT? The North American Menopause Society’s 2023 nonhormone therapy position statement has the answers. When it comes to treating vasomotor symptoms, we need to know what works. We know hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does work, but if you can’t or don’t want to take…

  • Menopause symptom check list

    Menopause symptom check list

    Your downloadable Menopause Symptoms Check List! If you’re planning on speaking to your GP about starting HRT or other treatment options to help manage your perimenopause or post menopause symptoms, print and fill in this symptom checker. It will help you workout how your symptoms are affecting you and it will save time in your…

  • How to reduce your risk of breast cancer

    How to reduce your risk of breast cancer

    One third of breast cancers could be prevented through changes in lifestyle. So, what do you need to do to reduce your risk?   Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK according to Breast Cancer Now.  The greatest risk factors are being a woman and aging…

  • What to look for in a vaginal moisturiser or lube.

    What to look for in a vaginal moisturiser or lube.

    Do you know what to look for in a vaginal moisturiser or lube? Could some products do more harm than good? Find out what the science says.   Women’s intimate health is a big market – in fact by 2030 it’s expected to be worth a massive US$38bn. So it’s no wonder there are more…

  • Menopause – the messy bits

    Menopause – the messy bits

    From flash flood bleeding to fibroids and polyps – menopause can be messy. Dr Carys Sonnenberg explains what’s going on.   We women go through a lot around menopause and our hormones play a big role in quite a few of them. Our periods can change. They can become lighter, heavier, closer together or further…

  • The Gender Pain Gap – Can We Close It?

    The Gender Pain Gap – Can We Close It?

    The gender (and racial) pain gap – it’s not new, but can we close it?  (Warning – skip the first few paragraphs if you have a weak stomach!)   In 1808 a physician called John Rutter gave a talk to colleagues in Liverpool about a case of Hysteralgia – or hysterical pain. The woman he…

  • Hitchhikers guide to skincare in your 40’s and beyond

    Hitchhikers guide to skincare in your 40’s and beyond

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Skincare in Your 40s: Discover how your skin changes & what can help.   We’re often made to feel that the older we get, the less content with our physical appearance we should be. But in reality, there are so many simple ways to feel beautiful, no matter what your age—and…

  • Sex during menopause – are you talking about it?

    Sex during menopause – are you talking about it?

    Sex during menopause- Are you talking about sex to your doctor? If not, you should because they can really help – but you may have to make the first move. You might have a great relationship with your doctor but you might be too embarrassed to talk about problems you’re having when it comes to…

  • Can diet affect your thrush

    Can diet affect your thrush

    Thrush: Can your diet make a difference? It may not be a pleasant thought but your body, inside and out, is literally teeming with billions of microorganisms – some good, some not so good. Some are bacteria and some are fungi. While they are in balance, there’s no issue, but when they get out of…

  • make the most of your menopause appointment

    make the most of your menopause appointment

    How to make the most of your GP appointment if you want to discuss menopause?   You’ve only got ten minutes, so how do you make the most of it if you want to talk to your doctor about menopause? This is a question that’s kept Dr Carys Sonnenberg awake for many nights  – tossing…

  • The overactive bladder explained

    The overactive bladder explained

    Running to the toilet more than 7 times a day? Feel the need that you have to go right now? Find out why and what you can do about it.   Most of the time we don’t pay much attention to our bladder – it just does what it does – emptying a few times…

  • What your skin really needs with Dr Johanna Ward

    What your skin really needs with Dr Johanna Ward

    Confused about what you need in you skincare regime? Dr Johanna Ward has the answers.   With so many brands and so much conflicting advice on what you ‘must have’ in a skin care regime it’s not surprising people are confused about what they should be doing to keep their skin in good health. Fortunately…

  • The brain, menopause and HRT- what do we know?

    The brain, menopause and HRT- what do we know?

    Menopause and the mind: experts explain what’s going on, if HRT relieves symptoms & if it could prevent dementia. How many times have you walked into the kitchen and found yourself wondering what you came in for, or struggled to find words only to end up saying: “you know, the thing-a-me-jig that what’s-his-name uses’? If…

  • template MP letter

    template MP letter

    Below is a template draft that you are welcome to adapt to include your own experiences and send to your local MP. Don’t forget to put your full name and address with post code on it so your MP knows you are one of their constituents. You can find contact details for your MP by…

  • Menopause, HRT and Breast Cancer

    Menopause, HRT and Breast Cancer

    Consultant Gynaecologist Professor Isaac Manyonda answers some frequently asked questions on menopause, HRT and breast cancer. Q: Is HRT safe? A: “There’s no doubt that the one thing what worries women when it comes to HRT is the Big C, breast cancer. When it comes to the WHI studies which were published in 2002-3, the…

  • HRT and Breast Cancer: what you need to know

    HRT and Breast Cancer: what you need to know

    The mere mention of HRT can spark fears of breast cancer, but should it? Breast surgeon Professor Zoe Winters and Consultant Gynacologist Jeannie Yoon set the record straight.   Navigating the Menopause can be a huge challenge for many women. It can be a strange and isolating time for some as despite being well informed,…

  • Progesterone -what you need to know about this hormone and menopause

    Progesterone -what you need to know about this hormone and menopause

    Confused about how to use progesterone or you don’t tolerate it well? Dr Juliet Balfour explains your options. If you have a uterus you need progesterone as part of your HRT. It is vital for controlling the thickness of the endometrium or lining of the womb. By stopping it from becoming too thick it reduces…

  • The age of invisibility

    The age of invisibility

    It’s said we disappear as we age. Writer Jane Chelliah examines some of the reasons why and what we can do about it. The invisibility of being an older woman is something I am fighting against. I have reached that stage in life to my horror. My voice has become louder, and I keep thinking…

  • How physio can help your pelvic floor

    How physio can help your pelvic floor

    From prolapses to peeing when we sneeze – find out how the right advice from a physiotherapist could change your life. ‘Are you doing your Kegel exercises?’ It’s a question we often hear when it comes to problems with the waterworks, but is it the right question? Women’s health physiotherapist Fiona Mitchell has been working…

  • How menopause affects your skin, hair and nails

    How menopause affects your skin, hair and nails

    How does menopause affect your skin, hair and nails? Dr Naomi Potter explains what it does and what can help. Menopause is so much more than hot flushes and night sweats. There are more than 40 symptoms that signal declining oestrogen levels, and many affect our skin, hair and nails. As skin is the body’s…

  • Hair loss and what can be done to stop it

    Hair loss and what can be done to stop it

    Greg Williams, plastic surgeon and hair transplant surgeon talks about the impact of hair loss and what you can do about it. Hair loss occurs for a variety of reason and for both men and women it can have a huge psychological impact, and for many people their distress levels have risen with lockdown and…

  • The M Diet by Dietitian Nigel Denby

    The M Diet by Dietitian Nigel Denby

    Dietitian Nigel Denby unveils his evidence-based diet for menopausal women – the M Diet. Most people relax in the bath on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but recently dietitian Nigel Denby found himself growing ever more angry as he scrolled through the seemingly endless diet advice being given to menopausal women on social media. From his…

  • What to do when your GP says ‘No’ to HRT

    What to do when your GP says ‘No’ to HRT

    Women are often given a range of reasons why they can’t have HRT, but are they correct? Dr Naomi Potter sets the record straight.   ‘Too old’, ‘too young’, ‘you have migraines’, ‘you’ve had a clot’ – these are just some of the reason women are given by their doctor as justification for not prescribing…

  • Menopause and Mental Health – The Forgotten Symptoms

    Menopause and Mental Health – The Forgotten Symptoms

    Menopause’s hidden symptoms – anxiety, depression, brain fog and a low sex drive affect more women than hot flushes. When you think of menopause symptoms the first things that usually come to mind are red-faced women, drenched in sweat as they suffer yet another hot flush or night sweat, but a recent survey shows that…

  • 18 years after the WHI study whats to celebrate

    18 years after the WHI study whats to celebrate

    Happy 18th! The WHI study on HRT has come of age. But should we be celebrating? Some doctors argue the effects of this study have cost a generation of women their long term health.   You may remember waking up 18 years ago to headlines emblazoned across newspapers proclaiming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increased the…

  • Me and My Menopausal Vagina – Jane Lewis on Vaginal Atrophy

    Me and My Menopausal Vagina – Jane Lewis on Vaginal Atrophy

    Can’t walk, can’t sit, can’t have sex – welcome to the debilitating world of vaginal atrophy. Author Jane Lewis knows it well and explains what it is and how you can get through it. Our Vaginas go through a lot – childbirth, periods, infections… but with menopause you’d finally start to think they were going…

  • HRT – from bones to your brain – what can it help

    HRT – from bones to your brain – what can it help

    Menopause, bones and sex – how HRT could help. Dr Sarah Ball explains.   Dr Sarah Ball is a GP with a special interest in Menopause who works with Newson Health. Here she explains how HRT could benefit women in a myriad of different ways. You can see the original interview here. Brittle bones Bone…

  • HRT – it’s your choice

    HRT – it’s your choice

    Often women are told they can’t have HRT. Dr Sarah Ball, a GP with a special interest in menopause, explains why it should ultimately be a woman’s choice. Woman are often told by their doctor that when they reached 60 they can no longer have HRT, or that they’re too young to start taking it…

  • Rebranding HRT-is it time we changed the way we think about it?

    Rebranding HRT-is it time we changed the way we think about it?

    Is it time we changed the way we think about HRT? Some doctors argue menopause needs a rebranding so we no longer think of HRT as the treatment of last resort. Many women talk about HRT in terms of  ‘struggling on,’ ‘braving it out’ and ‘not succumbing’ by taking it because it’s ‘not natural’ –…

  • Diet and weight control- which diets work?

    Diet and weight control- which diets work?

     Diet and weight control- what works and what’s dangerous? Dietitian Sophie Medlin explains. Social media is flooded with diets that promise to shed pounds off you instantly or help you live longer – but what do the experts think? Dietitian Sophie Medlin, founder of City Dietitians in London says fads come and go but very…

  • Can diet help relieve your menopause symptoms

    Can diet help relieve your menopause symptoms

    Can your diet help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause? Dietitian Sophie Medlin gives her top tips on what works and what may not. Can Phytoestrogens help with menopause symptoms? Phytoestrogens are compounds that occur naturally in plants and foods including fruits, veggies, legumes, and some grains. Soy is a popular source. They are…

  • Menopause Myths and Misconceptions

    Menopause Myths and Misconceptions

    Menopause and HRT: myths and misconceptions.   There are about as many myths and misconceptions surrounding HRT as there are symptoms of menopause. Here gynaecologist Vikram Talaulikar runs through some of the most common ones.   Q. HRT will make me fat “That’s definitely a myth. I’ve seen many women on HRT go both ways.…