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Fabafterfifty: Menopause

  1. Top tips to get a good night’s sleep in hot weather

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    Don’t let the heat affect your sleep – whether its due to hot flushes or hot weather –  you can stay cool and get a good night’s sleep. “While we Brits may not have the hottest summers on record, seasonal factors still have an impact on sleep,” said Lisa Artis at The Sleep Council. “Hot weather can be a nuisance when it comes to bedtime, and while we may celebrate the warmth of the sun and the longer, brighter days – heat can cause havoc when it comes to catching the Zzzs. Lower your body temperature before you sleep “Ideally bedrooms should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but if, at nighttime, the outside temperature remains higher, or your bedroom has retained the heat from the day, it can be difficult to keep cool. Your...
  2. Midlife Career: Returning to work with confidence

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    by clinical psychologist Deborah Golend   Life’s experiences can knock our confidence. Difficult times such as bereavements often make us feel more vulnerable and uncertain. But adapting to positive life stages can be just as hard. For women returning to work after raising a family or wanting a career change as their kids have fled the nest, confidence can be a particularly challenging issue. Many women talk about ‘brain fog’ during the early years of parenthood but, whether we have had children or not, a new ‘brain fog’ often descends as the menopause hits. At a time when women often have more time available to pursue new business ventures, the menopause can wreak havoc on our confidence and reduce our ability to forge ahead with these plans. Why does confidence...
  3. Acupuncture for relieving Menopause symptoms

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    By Acupuncturist Amanda Hair,  Entering the menopause as women move away from child-bearing age can bring its fair share of challenges. Physical and emotional changes which can affect our already busy and stressful lives can lead some of us to consider taking hormone replacement therapy, rather than managing the transition naturally. It also seems that the trend for women experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms is happening earlier, in our mid to late thirties, yet the age for having gone through the menopause remains the same, late fifties to sixties. So, it’s possible that many women could be experiencing the hot-flashes, mood changes and sleep disturbances up to ten years earlier, and do so for longer than previous generations. Why is this happening? One explanation is that as a nation we are...
  4. Can hypnotherapy help alleviate menopause symptoms?

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    Article by Angela Atkinson The Menopause: a hot topic. The menopause: that period in a woman’s life when her periods stop and she’s no longer able to conceive without the appliance of medical science. It’s a similar and familiar story for many women. The ovaries either fail, become damaged or are surgically removed with inevitable changes in hormone levels following. The consequences of these changes vary to a large extent from woman to woman. The menopause then is a hot topic – in every sense of that phrase. Night fever There’s a range of symptoms associated with the menopause. They range from a loss of libido – or an increased libido (a symptom yes but is it a problem?!) vaginal dryness, sleep problems, and anxiety. But if there’s two things responsible for the most...
  5. Ways to deal with vaginal dryness during menopause

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    Many women will have suffered from vaginal dryness by the time they experience menopause. Menopause is one of the main causes of uncomfortable symptoms such as burning, itching and pain during sexual intercourse. Although it is also possible for younger women to suffer from vaginal dryness, the reduction of oestrogen levels brought on by menopause is generally the cause for these unpleasant symptoms. Reduced oestrogen levels lead to a lack of adequate moisture in a woman’s genital area. There is a decrease in the amount of milky white fluid released by a woman’s body to protect the genital area. This means that the mucosa is more susceptible to bacteria and viruses as well as a higher rate of infection. The sexual organs also undergo a change. This can include vaginal atrophy, meaning...
  6. Male Menopause: Myth or Reality?

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    Article by Lisa Jersy Everyone knows that women go through a change in life called menopause – typically somewhere between 45 and 60 years of age. But, what about men? Are the jokes about a male change of life true? Do men really go through a middle-aged crisis? The answer is yes; men do experience a form of menopause called andropause. It is often referred to as Low T. Low testosterone levels may be the cause of everything from lack of libido to memory loss to thinning hair to depression. A decline in testosterone production can interfere with sleep and sexual performance. It can affect focus, drive, motivation, and performance. Men can lose their jobs, relationships, family life, money, and self-esteem if this condition gets out of hand. Changing testosterone levels...
  7. 8 Top Tips to Avoid Hot Flushes

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    They can appear suddenly, or you may feel it coming on. Your face gets red and you start sweating. Feelings of almost unbearable, intense heat, commonly known as hot flushes, are among the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Caused by low levels oestrogen, they affect almost 75% of women during this difficult time!*   We asked our experts to give us their top tips on how to survive hot flushes: Use bedclothes made from cotton and layers rather than a big duvet. “Avoid clothes made from synthetic fabrics and wear layers instead so you can adjust your clothing to how you are feeling” says Shona Wilkinson, Nutritonist at Superfooduk.com. Watch what you eat and drink. “Hot drink before bedtime can often trigger night sweats or even make them worse. Try to...
  8. The Menopause: What is the best way to come off HRT

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Continuing our Menopause Monday series where we address readers questions about the Menopause Anna: I have been on HRT for a few years now and I would like to come off it. What is the best way to do this? Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritonist, who specialises in women’s health  author of Natural Solutions to Menopause: The question I am asked most often ’Should I just suddenly stop HRT or should I come off it gradually?’ You should talk to your doctor about your decision to come off HRT and have any check-ups that might be needed. My recommendation is always that a gradual weaning process is easier on your body. Stopping HRT suddenly is similar to going ‘cold turkey’ and there have been reports of ‘rebound’...
  9. What Foods can help ease Menopause Symptoms?

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritonist, who specialises in women’s health  author of  Natural Solutions to Menopause answers another reader’s question as part of our #MenopauseMonday series. Isabella: I am going through the menopause. Are there any foods that can help ease the symptoms? To balance your hormones you should include phytoestrogens in your diet. Phytoestrogens are plant foods that can have an oestrogen-like activity and a hormone-balancing effect on your body. They include pulses such as lentils, chickpeas and soya products. Over 300 foods including fruits, vegetables, seeds, legumes and grains have...
  10. Can you get pregnant during the perimenopause? Dr Marilyn Glenville answers the question

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Continuing our Menopause Monday series, Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritonist, who specialises in women’s health and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause answers another reader’s menopause question. Monica: Can I get pregnant during the perimenopause?   The answer is definetely yes and if you don’t want to get pregnant then you must take precautions. The difficulty is that during this perimenopause stage your periods are likely to be irregular. For instance, you could have missed three cyckles and then on the fourth cycle you ovulate two weeks before the period would be due. You could then become pregnant on...
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