Five Menopause Myths and Top Tips

Rachel Lankester | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lankester

Menopause is still a taboo subject and in our youth-obsessed culture, it can often knock a woman's confidence. It certainly knocked mine. But it really shouldn't be that way. Menopause happens to all women if we live long enough and it can mark the start of an exciting new stage in our lives.

The Menopause: All Your Questions Answered

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Menopause is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the ovaries stop functioning (i.e. no longer produce eggs and thus estrogen and progesterone hormones). A main symptom is that the woman's menstrual cycle will stop; hence the name: 'menopause' [menstruation pause]. It's a perfectly natural process so nothing to worry about.

Painful Intercourse? Why You Don't Have to Suffer in Silence

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

With the increasing sexualisation of western society, I have noticed that there is one area that women find particularly difficult to discuss for fear of upsetting their partner or appearing abnormal: Superficial Dyspareunia.

Coping with Cancer Induced Infertility

Fiona Munro | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

With the help of an incredible friend I have now healed these wounds. I have 'come to terms' with the news and I have now reached the point where I can write about this in the hope of helping others to understand what it feels like, and supporting those who are walking the same journey.

An Unnatural Transition - Breaking the Silence on Early Menopause

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

By February 2011, I had not had a period for over a year which, according to online information meant I was officially 'post-menopausal.' My body, however, had other ideas and my periods returned, ending up in a reversed menstrual cycle - a three-week period, with one week off. It was hellish.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt Says She 'Loves Being In Menopause'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Angelina Jolie-Pitt has said she's enjoying the experience of early menopause after she had her ovaries removed earlier this year. "I actually lov...

Milestone or Millstone?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

A milestone is defined as a significant stage or event in the development of something. NG23 is not a milestone document but another millstone around the neck of a profession that is trying to maintain the trust that patients have in it.. NICE needs to choose its words carefully. A 'sound bite' can often bite you back.

Doctors Urged To Prescribe HRT To Menopausal Women

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

More than one million women could benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help them manage symptoms of the menopause, England's health watch...

Benefits Of HRT 'Outweigh Risks' For Menopausal Women

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new study has claimed that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopause does not put women's health at risk, despite previous claims to the contr...

The Male Menopause Isn't A Myth After All, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The menopause has been the bane of middle-aged women's lives for centuries. But now, a 25 year study has found that the male menopause, or 'manopause'...

Bad Vibrations: a DIY Guide to Women's Gynae

Louise V Smith | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise V Smith

Late last year, I noticed some post-menopausal spotting. What a joke: a period at my age. Mildly curious, I went to the NHS website, which featured a middle-aged frump, hands covering her face in anguish.

Who Turned Up the Heat?

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Who would have thought it possible to turn into a human volcano? I seem to defy the laws of nature; Mount Vesuvius eat your heart out! I have become a human heater, and whilst my poor husband who is nightly tormented by my malfunctioning internal thermostat, he kindly never complains.

Many Women Over 40 Say Sex Is Off The Cards Because Of This...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women over 40 are experiencing something of a crisis in the bedroom department. According to a new study of 1,000 women, females who are entering t...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Blame Your Partner For A HPV Diagnosis in Mid-Life

Suzi Godson | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

For women who are in monogamous relationships, an STI diagnosis can raise obvious concerns about infidelity, particularly for older women who may be starting to date again after years in a marriage or a long term commitment.

"Here, Have Some Wine" How to Help Your Partner Cope With the Menopause

Esther Harris | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Harris

You'll know if your partner has more than "just irritating" symptoms. "I went from being a creative, ambitious professional who thrived on the job - to sitting on the floor and weeping with despair overnight," Kathryn tells.

How To Cope With Hot Flushes And Mood Swings During Menopause

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Mood swings and hot flushes are common symptoms of menopause, but they don't have to have a negative impact on your lifestyle. In the above video, ...

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Middle Aged Sex With a New Partner

Suzi Godson | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

They may be not perfect, but condoms are currently the only way to stem the tide. Once older couples are in a monogamous relationship, they can have a joint sexual health screening at a genitourinary clinic and if the results are clear they can ditch the condoms, because an infection can only be contracted if there is one present.

Six Things Every Woman Should Know About Menopause Weight Gain

Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan

If you've noticed your weight increasing as you go through menopause, you've probably also found that it's difficult to find advice that works. As a doctor who only sees women over 40 in my weight loss clinic, dealing with weight gain at menopause is something I have a lot of experience in.

10 Things You Need To Know Before You Pathologise Perimenopause

Suzi Godson | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Peri-menopause generally begins in the mid to late forties. It takes anything from four to ten years and the average age for the onset of true menopause (when periods cease completely) is 51 years.

Worried About Your Blood Pressure? Try Eating Strawberries

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Regularly eating strawberries could lower blood pressure among menopausal women, according to recent research. Strawberries are a rich source of bi...

Let's Talk About Sex - at Any Age!

Diana Moran | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

There are moments in a woman's life, when at any age she can feel her sexual needs are unfulfilled for various reasons. Low libido could be due to anaemia, caused by iron loss during periods or a loss of libido often happens after the trauma of childbirth, with many women too exhausted to think about sex!

Can Baby Born By Reactivating Ovaries Give Fertility Hope To Women With Early Menopause?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The birth of a baby using a new treatment to reactivate the ovaries of infertile women may give fertility hope to women with early menopause. The t...

How To Treat Menopause: Yoga May Help With Insomnia, But Not Hot Flushes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home may ease sleep problems such as insomnia - but not to fewer or less bothersome hot flushes or night...

Lost for Words? Be Mindful...

Kamontip Evans | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Going back to university at 50+ was never going to be easy. One day I was talking to my tutor, discussing aspects of my thesis, when a hot flush struck. Blood sped to my face, increasing pressure alarmingly like a kettle on the boil. My face bubbled with sweat. The discussion stopped abruptly and my mind went blank.

Vaginal Dryness, a Tale of Neglect

Dr Heather Currie | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Heather Currie

The term "Menopause" is frequently associated with thoughts of flushes, sweats and the dilemma of whether or not to take HRT. In addition, fluctuations in hormone levels during the peri-menopausal phase causes changes in messaging in the brain, which can lead to mood swings, irritability, loss of confidence and depression.