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Do you need Testosterone as part of your HRT?

Dr Juliet Balfour explains why testosterone is important for women – and can be the icing on the cake when it comes to HRT.   We often think of testosterone as a ‘male only’ hormone – but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s produced in our ovaries and adrenal glands and it’s often associated with our sex drive or libido level – but it does more than that – it can help regulate mood and support the health of our reproductive tissues and our bones. “We produce less of it than men,” says menopause doctor, Juliet Balfour from…

Could it be menopause: take the quiz and find out

Could it be menopause? Take the quiz to find out – and see what your treatment options are.   It’s not just all hot sweats and mood swings when it comes to menopause. Changes in body odour, brittle nails and dry eyes can also be signs that your oestrogen levels are in decline. Getting the right help is what matters! There are more than 30 symptoms of menopause which may affect virtually every part of your body from your skin, hair and nail to you brain and vaginal health. So how do you know if what you’re experiencing is a…

Dr Shahzadi Harper – a midlife journey

Dr Shahzadi Harper explain why menopause and midlife is not ‘the end’, but a new beginning. I run the Harper Clinic in London, working as a menopause doctor. The Harper Clinic takes a holistic approach to menopause and the well being of women – it enables me to fulfil my passion for promoting positivity for women. I’m convinced I owe a large part my drive and ambition to my mother’s influence, watching her go through her menopause, combined with my time practicing as a GP in Oxford, I often felt ill-equipped to help women who came into the practice in…

Dr Shahzadi Harper

Dr Shahzadi Harper is a dynamic GP with an interest in optimising women’s health and wellbeing, especially during the difficult periods of hormonal changes such as perimenopause and menopause. Taking a holistic and positive approach to women’s wellbeing and the menopause, she works to empower women of all backgrounds and ethnicities by giving them the information they need to make informed choices on hormonal treatments for their optimal health and longevity – so they can continue to look and feel their best. She understands the symptoms and concerns that women face in these times as she herself is one of…

HRT: The Risks Explained

Confused about HRT? Professor Isaac Manyonda talks you through the risks and benefits.   What do you think the biggest killer of women in England is today? You might think it’s heart disease or cancer but it is, in fact, dementia. It’s not surprising since we’re living longer, but does that mean we need to think about our long-term health, and the risks to it, in a different way? At the moment many women are afraid of taking HRT because they’re worried about the risk of developing breast cancer. Unfortunately, neither the magnitude of the risks nor the benefits of…

Move through menopause: battling the bulge by keeping active

Many women gain weight during menopausal. Fitness coach & nutritionist, Katie Morris, gives her tips to beat the bulge. It’s obvious, although it may not be what you want to hear, but moving your body through menopause, is vital. The benefits of exercise really are endless. We often hear about how we need to exercise to lose body fat, but we often forget to acknowledge the other benefits. As we age our body breaks down muscle and bone quicker than we can repair or reproduce it, but exercise plays a key role in maintaining strong muscles and healthy bones into…

menopause symptom relief: what can help?

80% of women will experience menopause symptoms. Dr Unnati Desai discusses some of the treatment options.   It’s stories like these that make you realise menopause symptoms can make life a living hell for some women. This is the story of Jane Lewis, the author of Me and My Menopausal Vagina: “Hello, I’m Jane and I’m 52 years old. I live with my husband of 34 years, have three grown up daughters, a granddaughter, and two dogs: Bertie and Bonnie. I used to live a really active life but then something changed.  I’m not quite sure the exact moment when things went so…

Breast cancer and menopause: how can you manage the symptoms

How do you relieve menopause symptoms if you’ve had breast cancer & can’t take HRT? One in eight women in the UK develop breast cancer at some stage in their adult life. The diagnosis can be devastating, but just to add insult to injury it can also mean many women are either plunged into an early menopause because of the treatments or encouraged to go off their HRT because of the risk of a recurrence or new breast cancer. So, on top of having to deal with the cancer itself, there is a host of unwanted and unwelcome symptoms that they…

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Harley Street Emporium – Your Complete Aesthetics Guide Harley Street Emporium is your complete aesthetics guide.  It’s a website where you can find a doctor, find information and buy the best anti-aging skin care products and the best acne products as well as information on how to treat various skin conditions. It features editorially independent information about skin care, skin conditions and cosmetic treatments. It also has a glossary of ingredients which tells consumers what each one does and if there are any safety concerns associated with them. It also has a shop section which showcases evidence-based products – mostly…

Vikram Sinai Talaulikar

Vikram Sinai Talaulikar, MBBS, MD, MRCOG, PhD Mr. Vikram Sinai Talaulikar is the co-founder of the Menopause Clinic London on Harley Street along side menopause expert, Professor Isaac Manyonda.  He has dedicated his career to helping women with their reproductive problems, in particular those associated with premature menopause. The clinic is dedicated to the provision of world class health care to women during perimenopause and menopause. Vikram Talaulikar is an Associate Specialist at the Reproductive Medicine Unit in University College London Hospital NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University College London. His clinical interests include reproductive…

Professor Isaac Manyonda

Professor Isaac Manyonda,  BSc MBBS PhD MRCOG FICOG (Hon). Professor Manyonda is Lead Clinician and Consultant Gynaecologist at the The Menopause Clinic, in Harley St,  London. He has more  than 25 years’ experience in caring for women with menopausal symptoms and is a member of the British Menopause Society and a certified Menopause Specialist. The clinic is dedicated to the provision of world class health care to women during perimenopause and menopause. It also focuses on premature menopause (premature ovarian failure), with his co-founder and specialist in fertility issues, Mr Vikram Talaulikar taking the lead in those areas. Professor Manyonda…

Who can benefit from vaginal rejuventation

There’s so much more to vaginal rejuvenation than a designer vagina. Gynaecologist Onsy Morris explains how it can benefit women after childbirth, cancer treatments and menopause.   There’s no doubt about it – a woman’s body goes through a lot. And it’s not just the visible bits that suffer from wear and tear. Down below can go through some extraordinary changes too. Childbirth, menopause and simply aging can take their toll on the pelvic floor, vagina and external genitalia. And if you’ve been ill with cancer, certain treatments can really knock those regions around as well. The upshot of all of…

PMS and chocolate cravings

Is PMS your sweet excuse to indulge in “forbidden” foods like chocolate? Georgios Tzenichristos, director of London’s LipoTherapeia clinic, finds out. What if chocolate cravings, experienced by 50% of women before their period, were the result of culture rather than a natural physical response? Scientists at the the State University of New York seem to think culture could be the culprit. In a recently published paper they have shown that out of 275 women of diverse backgrounds, foreign-born women were half as less likely to experience menstrual chocolate craving than women born to U.S.-born parents. And, they were two-and-a-half times less…

MTF or FTM-what to expect when during transition

Hormone treatments can throw up a host of physical challenges for people when they’re transitioning. Dr A Bolin  looks at a few of the more common ones and gives some hints on how to handle them. There’s no doubt it’s a long hard road to travel when your considering a male-to-female (MTF) or female-to-male (FTM) transition, and it doesn’t end once you’ve made the decision. Hormone therapies present a number of physical challenges and the goal of this article is to give a general overview of the changes that may occur with hormone treatments.  After making the decision to start hormonal…

Menopause-your skin and body: what it does and what you can do about it

Menopause: what does it do to our skin and how can we fight back? Heather Stephen finds out. Hot flushes, drenched in sweat, sheets on and sheets off all night long – sound familiar? No wonder mood swings are a common symptom of menopause – and all of this can go on for years. And if that weren’t bad enough, your skin seems to go south almost as fast as the rest of you. But there are things that can help. What is the menopause? The menopause is that time in our life when our oestrogen levels decline and our…

Pregnancy: what to expect from your skin when you’re expecting

Pregnant women often look like they’re ‘glowing’, but as consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk explains, there’s a host of other things that can happen  to your skin when you’re expecting. A radiant glow and a dewy complexion are part of that well known ‘pregnancy glow.’ How does it come about? Well, during pregnancy our blood volume is significantly increased and our sebaceous glands are stimulated to produce more natural oils or sebum. The net result for some women is glossier hair and a brighter skin tone, but, there are a multitude of other skin, hair and nail changes that can occur…

Dr Awfa Paulina

Doctor Awfa Paulina is a qualified GP and aesthetic practitioner. He is the medical director and co-founder of Clinica Medica in Glasgow, and is actively involved in training of other practitioners as part of general practice training scheme and also as a Scottish trainer with Esthetique Distribution “first lift” PDO threads. Dr Paulina is an expert Aesthetic Practitioner, with almost a decade of experience behind him. His client base extends across the Greater Glasgow area and Ayrshire. His main interest is non-surgical facial rejuvenation utilising all available technology from anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, deep fillers, Sculptra, silhouette soft, mesotherapy and PDO threads. Dr…

Phthalates are still used in various cosmetic products. Should we worry?

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors but some are still used in various cosmetic products. Should we be worried? Dr Haran Sivapalan examines the evidence. If you look at the ingredients listed on your favourite products it may well say ‘fragrance.’ If so, there’s a chance that the product may contain phthalates – molecules that are considered to be ‘endocrine disruptors.’ Currently, the EU Cosmetics Directive bans the use of over 1,300 chemicals in cosmetics and, in 2013, three  “phthalates” were added to this list. But there are some that are still used in a variety of products including skincare, perfumes, hair sprays…

Adult acne: why now and what you can do

Just when you thought you were too old for spots – they make a come back. Heather Stephen looks at some of the reasons why and what you can do to get rid of them. Spots are an unwelcome but normal part of teenage life but sometimes they can carry on or even start for the first time in adulthood. According to the British College of Aesthetic Medicine acne starts during puberty because of a surge in the male hormone testosterone causing skin cells to become abnormally sticky and clog hair follicles. Spots occur as the body produces inflammation to…

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Harley Street Emporium is a website where you can find a doctor, find information on perimenopause and menopause, women’s health and skin care. We feature the best anti-aging skin care products and the best acne products as well as information on how to treat various skin conditions. Consumers can also book with some of the UK’s best menopause doctors, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners. Harley Street Emporium features editorially independent information about skin care, skin conditions and treatments. The site also features a glossary of ingredients telling consumers what each one does and if there are any safety concerns…