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  1. 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...
  2. Menopause: Should you give up alcohol when going through the Menopause?

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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  author of Natural Solutions to Menopause answers another reader’s question: Anna: I enjoy my glass of wine in the evenings. Do I have to reduce or eliminate completely alcohol when going through menopause? Through the stages of the menopause your body is going through  a hormonal transition and the overall aim is to make this a smooth as possible. The organ that deals with the detoxification of hormones is your liver and alcohol is toxic to the liver, and you do not want to put an extra burden on this organ at any stage. Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes you pass more urine more frequently and cal leave you feeling dehydrated....
  3. Osteoporosis: New Research highlights Prunes may support Healthy Bones in Post Menopausal Women

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      Osteoporosis is a growing health concern – one in three  women and up to one in five men over the age of 50 break a bone in their lifetime; there are more than 1.14 million postmenopausal women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in England and Wales and US data indicates that for women the chance of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer – so experts are delighted with new research from California Prunes published in Osteoporosis International in February 2016, which points to the important role that prunes can play in maintaining healthy bones.   The research is based on a clinical trial which expanded on previous evidence to suggest that prunes may help support healthy bones in postmenopausal...
  4. Are my symptoms PMS or Perimenopausal? Dr Marilyn Glenville answers

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Anna: I’ve been experiencing mood swings, food cravings, bloating, lack of concentration and weight gain. How can I tell if it’s menopause already or just PMS?   For many women the most difficult part of this stage is the differentiation between PMS symptoms and perimenopausal symptoms. The symptoms might seem identical but it is the timing that is important. PMS/Perimenopause symptoms can include: food cravings water retention weight gain aches and pains tiredness lack of sex drive changes in sleep patterns bloating breast discomfort palpitations irritability crying spells anxiety and tension forgetfullness low self-esteem lack of concentration depression mood swings indecisiveness fearfulness   Up to 150 symptoms can be related to PMS so it can’t be differentiated by symptoms. Whether your symptoms are PMS or perimenopause is dependant on when they occur. Normally for PMS your symptoms would occur after ovulation (approximately the middle of your monthly cycle) and then stop as...
  5. Does Coffee Aggravate Menopause Symptoms? Dr Marilyn Glenville answers

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Continuing our Menopause Monday series, where  Dr Marilyn Glenville answers your Menopause Questions Does Coffee aggravate Menopause symptoms? Monica: Can I still drink coffee during my menopause? I’ve heard that it can aggravate symptoms.   Caffeine is found in food and drinks, primarily in chocolate, caffeinated soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee and tea (balck, green and white). The problem with caffeine as you go through the different stages of the menopause is that it can make your symptoms worse. Caffeine is a stimulant, which activates your adrenal (stress) glands, and as your adrenal glands are going to produce a form of oestrogen to help protect your bones as you go through the menopause, you do not want to overwork them. Caffeine causes a quick rise in blood sugar so contributes...
  6. Should I just suddenly stop HRT or should I come off it gradually? Dr Marilyn Glenville answers

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville, We receive so many questions about the Menopause, that we have asked UK Menopause expert Dr Marilyn Glenville to address those most frequently asked. So, here in our first in our #MenopauseMonday series, Marilyn answers Yvonne’s question about stopping HRT. Yvonne  I have been taking HRT 10 years and felt great from taking the very first pill I am nervous to stop taking them. I would like to come off it.  What is the best way to do this? Best Way to Stop Taking HRT The question I am asked most often is ’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 recommendations is...
  7. Yoga Sequence for Easing the Symptoms of the Menopause

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      By Cheryl MacDonald, founder and principal yoga teacher at YogaBellies® This is a YogaBELLES® yoga for women sequence created by Cheryl MacDonald. It is an advanced sequence created to relieve the symptoms of the menopause. Yoga can help to alleviate symptoms by helping to balance the endocrine system, and the gentle stretching releases any increased muscle tension. Yoga regulates breathing and improves circulation around the body as well as helping with digestive issues. This sequence is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner. The postures should be held for 5 breaths each but if you feel able, you can repeat the flow as many times as you wish up to 10 times. If the posture is practised on the left and right, then hold for 5 breaths at each side. ...
  8. The Menopause: How to take care of your bones to help prevent osteoporosis

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    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville During and after menopause, when oestrogen levels are low, the process of bone loss starts to speed up and it can lead to osteoporosis. In fact, 1 in 2 women  will suffer a fracture after the age of 50! * This week, we asked our experts to give us their top tips on how to take care of our bones. Top up your mineral and vitamin levels What vitamins and minerals should you be taking? Vitamin K is an integral part of bone mineralisation and is needed to make a protein that’s essential for bone formation. It can also help to stop deposits of calcium in the walls of blood vessels. Vitamin D and Calcium are very important as they reduce the risk of fractures and beneficial for bone density. Exercise ‘Hormonal imbalances associated with menopause have a significant impact on our muscles and joints. Oestrogen gives strength...
  9. Menopause: 4 golden rules to fight incontinence from Dr Marilyn Glenville

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville   Bladder weakness, also known as incontinence, can affect women of all ages but it is particularly common during menopause. Thousands of women experience frequent bladder leaks in the UK, including Kate Winslet, who has recently broke this taboo and admitted that she suffers with incontinence, saying ‘It’s bl**dy awful’ This week, 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 tell us a bit more about this uncomfortable condition. Urge Incontinence ‘Urge Incontinence is where there is a sudden need to pass urine and the woman may not be able to get to the toilet in time. It is usually caused by an overactive or irritable bladder. The bladder will often register the need to...
  10. Menopause: How to Survive Hot Flushes

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville   They can appear suddenly, or you may feel them coming on. Your face gets red and you start sweating. Sensations 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!* This week, 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 give us her to tips on how to survive hot flushes. Avoid clothes made from synthetic fabrics and wear layers instead so you can adjust your clothing to how you are feeling Use bedclothes made from cotton and layers rather than a big duvet Watch what you eat and drink: hot drink before...
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