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The Gender Pain Gap – Can We Close It?

The gender (and racial) pain gap – it’s not new, but when will it end?  (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 was describing was known as J.S. She died in pain at the age of 78 and, at her request, an autopsy was performed. Rutter outlined her medical history as best he could. He described letters she’d written to her previous doctors since her mid 20’s…

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 our risk of endometrial or womb cancer. Dr Juliet Balfour, a menopause GP from Somerset says progesterone is produced by our ovaries and in our fertile years its job is to prepare the womb for pregnancy. If we don’t get pregnant the levels drop and…