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  1. Should we let the menopause become an issue in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Last week I was invited to a panel discussion on the menopause , where following on from research commissioned by Superdrug as part of their Life Plus Beauty report. The report highlighted that the Menopause is undoubtedly a concern of growing older, with 50 per cent of those yet to experience it admitting to worrying about its approach, rising to 69 per cent in the under 50s. When it comes to the symptoms playing on their minds, hot flushes not only topped the list of the biggest worry but it was also the symptom experienced most by those who were post-menopausal, with 68 percent saying they suffered from them. Women were three times more likely to be worried about losing their...
  2. The most intimate menopause questions that women ask, ANSWERED!

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    Article by consultant gynaecologist Miss Tania Adib fromThe Medical Chambers Kensington The menopause is no longer a dry subject – find out why your vagina might need some therapy, and how you can deal with some of the struggles us women face… I’ve always enjoyed sex but I’m worried that will change after menopause. What changes should I expect?   With menopause, the ovaries stop making oestrogen, which can cause your vagina to become dry and less elastic or ‘stretchy’. For many women, low doses of vaginal oestrogen therapy can help keep the lining of your vagina healthy and can be a useful treatment option. Try not to let the menopause put you off having sex – regular vaginal sexual activity is important for vaginal health post-menopause because it...
  3. When the menopause meets the summer heat

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    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville Feelings of intense heat, commonly known as hot flushes, are among the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause. Caused by low levels oestrogen, they affect almost 75% of women during this difficult time!* When you add high summer temperatures into the mix, it can make them almost unbearable. Leading UK nutritionist, women’s health expert and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause, Dr Marilyn Glenville, shares her top tips on how to manage your hot flushes this summer Dr. Glenville’s top tips for coping with the menopause in summer heat Avoid clothes made from synthetic fabrics and wear layers instead so you can adjust your clothing to...
  4. Can intake of oily fish delay the start of the menopause?

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    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville Study finds the intake of oily fish can delay the menopause for up to 3 years A study by the University of Leeds examined the link between diet and the onset of menopause, finding that eating a diet rich in oily fish could delay the onset of menopause by 3 years, while a high intake of white pasta and rice could be associated with an earlier start.* Dr. Marilyn Glenville, Women’s Health Expert and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause shares her top tips on helping to delay and manage the menopause. Omega 3 + Menopause It’s thought that omega 3 oils in fish help the pituitary gland in the brain to stimulate a...
  5. Progesterone Therapy for Menopause Treatment

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      Progesterone therapy for menopause treatment is one of the numerous options available to women fighting symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, hair loss, mental decline, weight gain, and night sweats. Some women fear the words “hormone replacement” because they are concerned about the increased risks of certain serious conditions, such as breast cancer, stroke, or blood clots, but that is not the case with progesterone replacement.   It is good to have that concern as it often yields to added research so that one understands the options available. In this instance, we are speaking about the use of progesterone therapy in menopause. This is not the same thing as progestin, a synthetic medication that brings some of the benefits of progesterone, but with greater risk. A statement drafted jointly by The North...
  6. Best books to help you through the menopause

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon A round up of some of the best books to help you through the menopause. Some women sail through this period of life while others struggle – and not all doctors are well informed or sympathetic.  None of these books are intended to take the place of medical advice, but they do present the facts and demystify the menopause,  giving helpful tips, and providing information that you can build on in discussions with your medical professional if needed.  From exercise to diet, moods to weight gain – these books enable you to understand and navigate the menopause.   The Menopause Makeover by Staness Jokenos   One...
  7. Menopause: Exercises for Bone Health

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    Article by Jane Dowling Hello Gorgeous, Fab over 50 girls! My mission is to help you with your journey through the menopause and to feel as great as you possibly can.  I will give you the tools to find a life you love through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. I would like to start to talk about exercise as I have lots of women contact me on how to get started and what exactly they should be doing. Please, before you undertake any new exercise programme do have a visit with your GP to get the green light. Every woman for her health should be doing some bone loading, cardio and stretching exercise. Today I am going to concentrate on bone loading as it is over looked by women and I cannot express enough how...
  8. Acupuncture for relieving Menopause symptoms

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    Article By Amanda Hair, Acupuncturist and lecturer at CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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