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Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause

Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause

 Many say they feel the menopause is something they just have to ‘put up with’ The Daily Mail By Ben Spencer 19 May 2016 More than two in five women said symptoms were worse than expected Over a third confessed they felt they just had to put up with menopause Doctors warned women are missing out on advice on easing symptoms Others said there is little awareness about treatment and support options Half of women going through the menopause suffer in silence and avoid talking to a doctor because of the stigma surrounding the change, a report warns. More than two in five said in a survey that symptoms of the menopause had been worse than they had expected. Yet half had not consulted a doctor – more than a third of whom said they felt the menopause was something they just had to ‘put up with’. Doctors last night warned that women are missing out on advice about lifestyle changes that could ease their symptoms. Others said that there is still very little awareness among women of the treatment options and support available because of long-lasting misconceptions. The menopause usually strikes women in their late 40s or early 50s and is triggered as the body starts producing less of the hormone oestrogen. The report, to be presented at the British Menopause Society’s annual conference today, reveals that the average woman suffers seven symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and mood swings. Around 1.9million women are thought to be going through the menopause at any one time in Britain. Some 80 per cent experience symptoms, which usually last...

NICE guidelines radio interviews with Tanith

  BBC Sussex – Breakfast show http://www.mrsmenopause.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Menopause-BBC-Sussex.mp4     BBC Wales – Good Morning Wales- menopause piece starts at  2:11:00 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nxn3q  – – –  – – – Here is the link to BBC 5 live The menopause piece is at 2:38:00 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nn5ds#play  – – –   Here is a link to the menopause guidelines https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/informationforpublic – –...

You are only one action away from feeling better

I’m on a bit of a ‘self-healing’ journey just now. I can’t ignore the fact that I’m just not feeling myself. I’ve been feeling off for a wee while, I can’t quite put my finger on it. It all came to a bit of a head when I went through a particularly busy period in my life. I was super busy with work, exams and supporting my busy husband by doing all of the household stuff (yeah I know, smacks forehead with palm). I guess there was only so much I could take and hit a wall. This resulted in low mood, tears, apathy and just plain exhaustion. So i had a few days off and have reduced the load a little but I still don’t feel ‘right’. I still feel weary, lost my spark, lack interest in life, low self-esteem, low confidence, no creativity……..boy am I fun to be around 😉 I’m not like it all the time, I have little sputters of feeling better and then down I go again. Hmmmmmm….. I knew I had to do something but the thought of change actually felt overwhelming. Gah! writing this makes me feel really vulnerable but there isn’t any point pretending we are OK when we are not. ONLY I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING MYSELF WELL I would be easy for me to blame others or circumstances for how I am feeling but the buck stops with me. So in my fug I thought ‘what would I say to a client’? “You’ve been over doing it” “You need to rest and recover” “What ONE THING can you change...

Menopause Myth Buster part 1

I spend a lot of time reading and writing about hormones and the menopause. I read some great stuff and I read some rubbish!! When I asked a group of women what are some of the myths they have heard this is the response I got. ~How to avoid the nightmare from hell known as menopause ~To HRT or not HRT? That is the menopause question ~There is nothing you can do if you don’t want to take HRT, you just need to get on with it! ~That it will be HORRIBLE!!!! ~You’ll gain weight and it only happens in your 50’s ~It’s over in your 50s ~You have to go on HRT ~It’s the nightmare from hell and only hard core hormonal help will save you! ~It’s no wonder women are terrified of it and ignore it at all costs! I am filming some short ‘Menopause Myth Busting’ videos over the coming days to help you know the real deal on the change. Tanith x ps The plaster on my head is due to mole removal. I didnt want to procrastinate anymore about making the videos so you get me make up free and freshly scraped!         Download Your Free Menopause Resource...

We’ve got this weight loss thing all wrong

Download Your Free Menopause Resource Guide I’m reading a good book all about willpower called The Willpower Instinct. It’s a great book and has loads of info in it but it takes a little deciphering! Today I was reading the chapter called ‘What the Hell:How feeling bad leads us to giving in’   It talks about our brains reward system. How when we are feeling down or stressed we turn to reward to make ourselves feel better. We use things like; eating drinking shopping Facebook TV Surfing the web.   But it’s not the ‘thing’ that makes us feel better it is the thought of the reward. The thing that we chose to reward ourselves with can turn against us.   A study found that women who ate chocolate as a form of stress relief inevitably felt worse as they added the feeling of guilt to the mix. And we repeat it over and over again! It turns out that feelings of guilt and self-criticism actually make us more likely to be unable to resist temptation. So when we beat ourselves up (self bully) for eating a certain food or missing a gym session etc. we actually make it more likely that we will continue the cycle.  ‘giving in’ makes us feel bad about ourselves which makes you want to make yourself feel better. How do we do that? Usually by doing the thing that made us feel bad in the first place. Sounds crazy but we all do it!  If guilt doesn’t make us stop the self sabotaging behaviour why do we keep trying to use it? If...
The Top 5 Peri-menopause symptoms…..and what you can do about them

The Top 5 Peri-menopause symptoms…..and what you can do about them

1. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats These are the most common and uncomfortable symptoms. Many women find some foods can trigger a hot flushes. Things like  spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and  alcohol. Try keeping a hot flush diary to find your hot flash triggers. Phytoestrogens are found in most veg, wholegrain and fruit and can help alleviate menopausal symptoms so include them in your diet A good source is from  legumes, such as soy (fermented), lentils, peas and chickpeas. Be aware that for some these can be hard to digest and cause wind and bloating! You could try using herbs to help your symptoms.  Please always get professional advice before taking herbs as they can be powerful. Black cohosh is a well researched herb for menopausal symptoms. Dong quai can help hot flushes, and may help relieve mental and emotional upset. Agnus castus is helpful for general hormone balance through the perimenopause and menopause but especially for the mood swings. Sage can also reduce sweating associated with menopausal hot flushes.   2. Widening Waistline Is the middle age spread fact or fallacy? Is it something we should just accept or spend the second half of our life fighting? I think there is an element of acceptance of our bodies as they change as we get older. It isn’t necessatily menopuase just ageing! The way a women’s body reacts to her environment, stress levels, blood sugar levels, diet and exercise change as she hit’s her forties. I’ve spoken many times about the importance of stress reduction to help belly fat loss . See this post http://www.mrsmenopause.co.uk/reducing-stress-key-peri-menopause-symptoms/ The other BIG factor is...
Magnet down your pants!?

Magnet down your pants!?

So I was contacted by Derek Raymond from Ladycare who asked me if I had ever used his product. I’d heard of a magnet that women wore for PMS but not for menopause. To be honest I’d not paid it much notice. A magnet, in your knickers?…..Hmmmm So my intrigued was piqued (i like that word) and me being me went off for a bit of research. According to Lady care research in a survey of 508 menopausal women. There was a 50-67% reduction  in Anxiety, Feelings of Doom, Sudden weight gain, Muscle tension, Mood swings, Marked fatigue, Vaginal dryness, Difficulty sleeping, Urinary incontinence, Breast tenderness/soreness There was a 33% reduction in Hot flushes, Irritability, Loss of libido/sex drive, Inability to concentrate, Sore muscles, Lapses of memory These improvements were noted after one month of wearing LadyCare and the benefits were even more significant after 3 months Other observations were: 8.1% of women surveyed had had a hysterectomy. This did not seem to affect the response to LadyCare 19.1% of the group lost weight. Average weight loss was 14 pounds (6.4kg) NO UNTOWARD EFFECTS WERE NOTED Sounds too good to be true? Looking on forums and at reviews the response seems to be mixed. Some women love it and others don’t. So how does it work? “There are two divisions of the Automatic Nervous System (ANS), the Sympathetic Nervous system (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). Symptoms such as sweating and anxiety, which are commonly associated with menopause, are under the control of the Sympathetic division, which is our body’s fight-flight stress reactor system. For example, when we...
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Founder, Mrs Menopause
Your forties are a time of change, I’m sure I read once that’s when the fun starts. The body changes and you cannot stop it. I want to help you accept it and embrace it…..cellulite, flabby bits and all!

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