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  1. Low libido and the menopause: tips to keep the spark alive

    Tips from 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 in 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 fundamentally good and it is just that your sex drive seems to have diminished or do you feel that there...
  2. Top Tips for Skincare During and Beyond the Menopause

    Post by Jane Atherton How is our skin affected by the menopause? We asked menopause expert Jane Atherton to explain and to offer her tips on maintaining optimum skin health at this time. What are the main changes to the skin during menopause As oestrogen declines during menopause collagen production slows down dramatically, bringing about a decrease in skin density and a loss of firmness. Lines and wrinkles will become more noticeable and sagging will begin to appear, especially along the jawline. Skin will become drier as the sebaceous glands now produce less natural oils, skin cell turnover slows down, complexion may appear dull and you will notice the appearance of pigmentation marks such as age spots, which develop rapidly without the regulating effect oestrogen has on melanin. What are the...
  3. Could Reflexology help support you through the Menopause?

    Article by Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE Head of Training and Education – and yes – I’m fab after 50!   Women’s Health in the 21st Century.   The way we are living our lives has changed dramatically over the last century, particularly for many females.  According to the Office of National Statistics more women are now working than ever before, and many will have to work well into their 60’s.  Alongside work, women frequently hold responsibility for running the home, family life, budgeting etc. It is therefore little surprise that women often have times when pressures may feel excessive – throw all of that in with our changing hormone levels associated with peri-menopause and menopause and no wonder that this is a time when we could all do with a little extra help.   The Mental Health Organisation...
  4. 7 tips for an easier menopause: can kinesiology help?

    Article by Karen Thrush Many women use kinesiology to manage their menopause. The menopause is a very natural wind down process, which can happen slowly over many years or can be very sudden, depending on the individuals’ bio- chemistry. 7 tips for an easier menopause: Water– dehydration will cause problems with every function of the body everyone needs to consume at least 2 litres per day. So often this simple tip is often forgotten and should be top of every list. When unwell the first thing to reach for is a glass of water before reaching for pain killers. Keeping the body fully hydrated is a must to achieving good health. Balancing stress in the lead up and during the menopause helps to minimise the symptoms.  There are many therapies that assist with...
  5. 7 reasons why yoga is good for the menopause

    Article by Cheryl MacDonald.     The number of women who begin practising yoga after the age of 40 is on the rise with women realising that yoga is the perfect way to reduce the discomforts associated with menopause and ageing. The benefits that can be reaped from yoga are far higher for women than men since women tend to experience hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives. The hormonal changes we experience in menopause are the same hormones affecting us during menstruation, often causing PMS. So how can yoga help women during menopause? It lowers stress: Yoga controls breathing, which in turn reduces anxiety. It also clears all the negative feelings and thoughts from the mind leading to reduction of depression. It is a proven effective method to reduce and control anger. When practicing yoga regularly...
  6. What is Bio-identical HRT?

    Interview with Marion Gluck We have a lot of questions from readers regarding the menopause. Here Marion Gluck from the Marion Gluck Clinic talks to Fab after Fifty about the Bio-identical hormones – what they are and the role can play in addressing menopause symptoms. What is bio-identical HRT? Bio-identical hormones are used to treat hormonal imbalances in men and women. Bio-identical hormones have the same molecular structure as those found in your own body. Bio-identical hormones are derived from diosgenin, which is sourced from soya beans and Mexican yams. They need to be prescribed by a doctor and prescriptions are designed for each individual patient. Bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is usually administered in the form of creams, lozenges or capsules. The treatments are then compounded under strict guidelines of good manufacturing practice by a specialist pharmacy. How do...
  7. Video: The Risks of Osteoporosis during the Menopause – Dr Marilyn Glenville explains


    menopause osteoporosis-image-300x248Interview with Dr Marilyn Glenville

    With 1 in 2 women over 50 being diagnosed with osteoporosis , Dr Marilyn Glenville discusses in this video interview how early detection is key.

    The importance and type of exercise to help prevent osteoporosis is explained – as far as exercise is concerned it seems it’s a case of use it or lose it!

    Vitamin D deficiency and its impact on bone health is discussed together with a simple test to detect.

    Supplements and best diets – the good and the bad vegetables for optimum bone health, and the need for a more alkaline diet.

    Lots to learn about osteoporosis and the menopause in this video!


    If you have more general questions regarding the menopause there are several other videos together with lots of articles in the menopause section of our health category.…

  8. The Menopause Q&A with Dr Marilyn Glenville (Video)

    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon When I posted that I was going to interview Dr Marilyn Glenville about the menopause I was inundated with questions from readers. Scroll down to video. In addition to hot flushes and night sweats other questions included: How long should the menopause last? How long do hot flushes last? Is there a second menopause? How long should you take HRT? How to avoid/cure insomnia? How to cope with mood swings? Reasons for excess hair. Stress and the menopause. Joint pain during menopause. What causes fatigue during the menopause and how to manage it. Dr Marilyn Glenville answers all of these questions on the menopause – and more in the video.   Marilyn has written some really comprehensive books on the topic of the menopause that I can highly recommend: Natural Solutions to Menopause: How to stay...
  9. Video Interview with Marilyn Glenville: Risks and Benefits of HRT during the menopause?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We receive a lot of questions from readers about HRT and the menopause, so we are delighted to have Dr Marilyn Glenville answer many of those questions. In this video we cover: What is HRT? What are the risks associated with HRT? What are the benefits of HRT? How should you assess the risks when deciding if HRT is right for you? How long should you take HRT? What happens when you stop HRT? What are bio-identical hormones? Enjoy the video. As always, do share with those you feel will benefit, and feel free to post your questions in the comments below. Transcript of HRT and Menopause video interview: Ceri: Hi, Marilyn. Thank you for joining us today. For those of you who don’t know Marilyn, Marilyn, in fact, you’re the UK’s leading women’s health nutritionist. So,...
  10. Video: How to Lose Weight during the Menopause. Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville


    menopause weight gain Interview with Dr Marilyn Glenville

    In the second video in our series on the Menopause, Dr Marilyn Glenville talks about weight gain during the menopause.

    • Why do we get that ‘matronly’ figure associated with the menopause?
    • Why do we gain weight around the middle during menopause?
    • Why does our metabolism slow down during menopause?
    • What are the health risks associated with menopausal weight gain?
    • Are there specific food groups we should avoid during menopause?
    • Are there specific foods we should add to our diet during menopause?

    All these questions – and more – are addressed in this video interview.


    You may also like to read Marilyn’s excellent book addressing menopausal weight gain ‘Fat Around the Middle’.

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