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  1. All things menopause: Low Libido

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Low libido? Don’t worry; your sex life doesn’t have to stop after the menopause. In fact, you might enjoy yourself more than ever! We asked Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of  Natural Solutions to Menopause, who specialises in women’s health and menopause to explain, why our libido drops and how to get back it the mood again. Not tonight, darling Many factors can cause a drop in sex drive and these can include tiredness, stress, depression, too much alcohol and low thyroid function so see if you need to take action to make changes in any of these areas. Also think about your relationship; is it...
  2. How the Menopause Affects the Skin’s Ageing Process

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    Article by Dr Barnish   What is the menopause? The menopause is defined as a cessation of menstruation for a period of 12 months, and the several years leading up to the menopause are known as the perimenopause. The age women experience the menopause is variable, with the average usually falling between 50 and 53 years. This age group often makes up a large proportion of patients for medical aesthetic practitioners. It is therefore extremely important to understand the relationship between menopause and the skin. Oestrogen Menopause is a result in the decline and changing of our hormone levels. Although it’s different for everyone, the symptoms of the perimenopause average around four years. There are four main hormones that are involved in the menstrual cycle. Oestrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). The skin changes...
  3. Staying Active After the Menopause

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    There are many well-known side effects bought on by the menopause – from hot flushes and mood swings, to sleep disturbance and decreased libido – but did you know that 40% of all menopausal women are affected by joint pain? Dr. Rod Hughes, a consultant rheumatologist, explains why this is. “Menopausal joint pain can start several years before other menopausal symptoms. This is due to oestrogen levels starting to decline several years before the menopause, causing a reduction in collagen, loss of cartilage and an increase in inflammation leading to joint pain and stiffness.” Makes sense! But how can we best support ourselves, and our joints, during the menopause? Here are our top four simple and effective lifestyle tips to help keep you at your best: Keep active Exercise is an excellent way to strengthen...
  4. Podcast: Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Managing the Menopause in the Workplace and the Benefits of a Menopause Cafe

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        Dr Louise Pendry of Exeter University talks to  Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty about positive and constructive ways to manage the menopause in the workplace, based on her experience of setting up a menopause cafe, and putting together a menopause guidance policy for her own workplace. You can also listen on iTunes  Scroll down for full transcript Dr Louise Pendry can be contacted via her university email address l.f.pendry@exeter.ac.uk   Full transcript: Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Managing the Menopause in the Workplace and the Benefits of a Menopause Cafe Hello. And...
  5. Is HRT the Right Choice for You?

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        With about 8 out of every 10 women experiencing emotional and physical symptoms of menopause, including hot flushes, insomnia and night sweats, could hormone replacement therapy (HRT) be the answer to the debilitating effects? What is Hormone Replacement Therapy? This is a type of medication used to relieve the symptoms of menopause in women. It replaces progesterone and oestrogen (the female sex hormones), which experience a drop towards the start of menopause. Once replaced, the effects of menopause are minimised. Hormone replacement therapy has also been found to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. However, it also has risks associated with it – these depend on the dosage, type of hormone therapy employed and period it is used. What are the Benefits...
  6. 13 Things Every Woman Ought to Know About Menopausal Weight Gain

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      Menopausal weight gain can have consequences more serious than outgrowing your favorite pair of jeans. Find out how middle age spread affects your body and what you can do about it.   Facts about Menopausal Weight Gain   Understand estrogen. As estrogen levels drop during menopause, your metabolism slows down. Your body burns fewer calories and stores more fat. Watch your waistline. Extra pounds you gain after menopause are likely to turn into abdominal fat, which increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. Talk with your doctor if your waistline is 35 inches or more. Check your thyroid. Menopause and thyroid conditions can cause similar symptoms including increased weight, as well as depression and fatigue. Your doctor can advise you about whether you would benefit from...
  7. Menopause at work: how your employer can support you through the menopause in the workplace

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    With more and more women working years beyond menopause, it’s important for them to understand how their employer can support them in the workplace. Deborah Garlick, Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace explains more. Menopausal women are actually the fastest-growing workplace demographic. As more of us are working until later in life, it follows that many women will go through menopause while they’re still in employment. Take into account that the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, they could possibly continue working for another 15 or even 20 years post menopause. Menopause is a transition all women will experience. It’s impossible to predict exactly how it will affect you, as it really is different for everyone. But for many women, the...
  8. Top Tips for Training for the Menopause

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    Article by Ruben Tabares Ruben Tabares has trained and given nutritional advice to some of the country’s leading sports stars, from footballer John Terry to boxer David Haye, but it’s not just sporting events he prepares people for. Ruben’s also been helping women, including Meg Matthews, prepare for and deal with the menopause, which can be a physical and mental battle more demanding than any boxing or football match. Ruben shares some of his top tips, below, on how best to prepare for this physically and mentally demanding time…   Taper the toxins:   Research has shown that by avoiding certain pollutants women could significantly delay the onset of the menopause by as much as 3.8 years1. Whilst avoiding pollutants altogether is almost impossible, there are a few easy steps that could help…   There are...
  9. The Ultimate Menopause Q&A: Your Menopause Questions answered

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    Expert Answers on the Menopause from Dr Elaine McQuade To coincide with World Menopause Day, Dr Elaine McQuade of the Marion Gluck Clinic answers your most frequently asked questions about the Menopause. 1. How long should the menopause last? Symptoms of the menopause last on average up to four years after the last period. This differs for each individual and for some the symptoms can last up to 10 years and I’ve seen patients still having hot flushes 20 years down the line. Each woman is different and the amount and severity of symptoms are different case to case and are also dependant on genetics, lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress etc. The perimenopause can start a few years before the periods when the hormones start to change. ...
  10. Menopause: Natural Alternatives to HRT

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Women going through the menopause are now facing a national shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as was recently reported. The Department for Health and Social Care said it was aware of on-going supply issues due to manufacturing delays. In pressing times, it is reassuring to know that alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms are available. The UK’s Leading Nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville offers her advice for alternative natural treatments to HRT… Shortage of HRT Marilyn discusses, “You may have heard that there is a shortage of HRT drugs and that this shortage could last until 2020. Half of all HRT drugs brands are out of stock at the moment and this is affecting all High Street pharmacies so they can’t fulfil the...
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