[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_color=”%23ffffff”]We live in the information age but that’s not always a good thing! With so much information around about menopause, nutrition, diet, weight management, HRT and the side effects of menopause treatments, it’s hard to tell the real story from fake news.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_color=”%23ffffff”]To help you sort fact from fiction we’ve lined up a panel of menopause medical experts and specialists to talk about everything from the first signs and symptoms of perimenopause through to painful sex and vaginal dryness, and why you pee when you sneeze – and what you can do about it.
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_color=”%23ffffff”]Fresh from the success of our first Menopause-dedicated event, ‘A Few Menopausal Thoughts’ which ran over three weeks in late 2020, we have listened to your feedback and tweaked the event format to provide you with the information you need to make informed choices about your health care.
Menopause 2.0 will take a deep dive into the pelvic floor. It will consist of 5 x 1-hour sessions and run over an entire week. Don’t worry if you miss an event, you’ll receive the replay shortly after.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”17″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%23ffffff” font_spacing=”-1″ font_shadow=”none”]Hi, I’m Fiona Clark, I’m a journalist, menopausal woman, medical writer and founder of Harley Street Emporium.
At 57, I’m now post-menopausal but my journey through peri-menopause to post menopause has been life-changing — and it’s left me with ongoing issues that could have been prevented if I had had good advice.
Despite having a degree in Anatomy and Physiology and having written on health for doctors and consumers for almost 20 years, I had no idea what was in store for me after menopause.
No one told me about vaginal atrophy – that sitting down, walking and sex would become painful or that the symptoms that plague you before menopause (known as perimenopause) may not go away.
And getting help wasn’t easy. From bad advice on HRT to incorrect diagnosis and endless tests – if only I’d known then what I know now, things could have been so much easier.
It kickstarted a passion in me to find out everything there was to know about the symptoms and stages we go through.
Every woman who is lucky enough to live long enough will go through menopause. For most the age is 51 but it can happen much earlier and the symptoms can appear up to ten years prior, and last for many years afterwards.
This is important because we are an ageing population. We will spend 30-40 years or more as post menopausal women – so it’s vital that we are armed with the best information so we can make the most of the rest of our lives.
I want to share everything I know about perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause with you to make your journey into this next life stage the best it can be.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”17″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%23ffffff” font_spacing=”-1″ font_shadow=”none”]To do that, I’ve enlisted the help of experts including gynaecologists, GPs, dietitians and physiotherapists who are dedicated to improving menopausal women’s lives, to ensure all aspects of our physical and mental health and wellbeing are covered.
Join us as we take a deep dive into the often misunderstood world of menopause.
We’ll be discussing all of the pros and cons of the treatment options that are available to you from the medical profession as well as supplements and alternatives therapies, as well as how menopause affects your mental health, relationships, your skin, bones, body and pelvic floor.
This will give you the information you need so you can make the right choice for you to minimise your symptoms and ensure your health and quality of life in the future.
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Her mission is to empower women to navigate their own menopause journey through access to evidence-based information and to deliver education to women and healthcare professionals to help make good menopause care accessible to all.
Sarah is one of the trusted GPs who works at Newson Health, a clinic dedicated to helping women through menopause.
What’s going on down there? NHS Consultant Gynaecologist Nadia Bhal explains why sex and your bladder just aren’t what they used to be and what you can do it about it. Nadia’s practice focuses on Pelvic Floor Disorders, Childbirth Related Trauma, Menopausal Health and Cosmetic Gynaecology.
From leakage to vaginal dryness and prolapses, Nadia will guide you through the treatment options.
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Fiona Mitchell is a physiotherapist who is dedicated to women’s health and solving issues with the pelvic floor.
She works with women during childbirth, through perimenopause and post menopause, and after surgery or cancer treatments. Fiona has a passion for educating women about their body health and her approach to physiotherapy is holistic and evidence-based.
Sophie Medlin is a Consultant Dietician and Founder of City Dieticians. She is also the Chair of the British Dietetic Association for London at the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
She takes a no-fad approach to helping clients solve their dietary issues ranging from weight to complex and chronic gut conditions. She has a special interest in IBS, the gut-brain-axis, Crohn’s Disease and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
She has worked in acute hospital settings with bowel surgery patients as well as lecturing at King’s College London on Dietetics. She is regularly sought as a commentator by the media on weight and digestive issues.
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Dr Shirin Lakhani is a GP with a special interest in women’s health.
She is a pioneer in delivering novel treatments for vaginal atrophy including the O-Shot, laser treatments such as Femlift and the Emsella chair. She is the first doctor to have performed a laser vaginal rejuvenation treatment live on UK TV.
She has an extensive background in medicine having trained in the NHS in various sub-specialities.
During her time as a GP, she developed a passion for aesthetics and women’s health and, in 2013 she founded Elite Aesthetics in Kent. She also works with the Cranley Clinic on Harley Street. Her discreet approach and natural-looking results have seen her treating royalty and A-List celebrities alike.
An expert panel of Gynaecologists, Women’s Health Doctors and Physiotherapists meet to discuss all the things you you need to know about vaginal atrophy, UTI’s, prolapses, leakage (stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence), sex and the pelvic floor
Kicking off our first session is menopause expert and Consultant Gynaecologist Nadia Bhal.
She will explain why we may experience leakage and talk us through the differences between Urge Incontinence and Stress Urinary Incontinence (UI/SUI), and what can be done about them so you can avoid unnecessary accidents and a lifetime of adult panty liners.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”16″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%23ffffff” top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”25″ width=”350″]Our second session continues with Gynaecologist Nadia Bhal, who will get down to the nitty gritty on vaginal prolapses.
There are various different types of prolapses – your bladder, vaginal, uterine and rectal.
A weakened pelvic floor and vaginal atrophy are factors that cause them along with being overweight and pregnancy and childbirth.
Prolapses are graded according to their severity and Nadia will explain why they occur and what can be done to help.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”16″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%232e1d35″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”25″ width=”350″]It’s not just your face that changes as oestrogen decreases, it affects the skin all over your body – including your vagina and the skin around the outside, your vulva.
Vikram will explain why the common symptoms- vaginal dryness, painful sex, external burning and itching occur, and what can be done about them, even if you have an oestrogen positive breast cancer.
He’ll also talk about how to talk about this with your partner and why it is so important not to self treat. Many women often think their symptoms are thrush of vaginitis – but it may be another condition like dermatitis or Lichen Sclerosus, or simply related to low oestrogen levels and in that care, it’s usually easily treated.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”16″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%23ffffff” top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”25″ width=”350″]This is one of the least talked about aspects of menopause.
The effect menopause has on our pelvic floor, vagina and vulva.
Known as the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause or GSM, it can play havoc with our quality of life and our sex lives. It’s why we leak urine when we sneeze or exercise and why we may have vaginal dryness, painful sex, increased UTI’s or thrush like symptoms.
But there are new and novel treatments that may help in some circumstances.
Dr Shirin Lakhani is a pioneer in this area and will talk about some of the novel treatments she has been performing for the past 5 years or so on women who had symptoms including a lack of sensitivity, vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness, painful sex and external vaginal itchy and irritation.
This is not a ‘designer vagina’ chat, but is one that will talk about how Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and various energy based treatments may help with some of the symptoms.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”16″ font_style=”normal” font_color=”%23ffffff” top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”25″ width=”350″]We’ve probably all heard about Kegel exercises for the pelvic floor, but do you know how to do them properly? And are they suitable for everyone?
You may think it’s as simple as clench and release, but there’s more to it than that.
Fiona will run through the right ways to strengthen your pelvic floor and look at some of the devices on the market that claim they can help.
She’ll also explain why Kegel’s aren’t suitable for women who have a hypertonic pelvic floor – one where the muscles are too tense – and why there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.
Fiona will also give some simple exercises that can help you keep your pelvic floor in tip top condition.[/text_block]