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I originally set up Menopause Support to pass on information and experiences I gathered through my tricky menopause. If you want my ideas, tips and products to help you with your symptoms, or if you want to know more about the latest menopause research then read my blog. I?d love to hear your feedback so please post a comment at the bottom of the page!

Does Menopause affect your sex life?

28. January 2011 10:57

      

The answer is YES for most of us …. but it’s a really difficult question to get a discussion going on.  Not only do we not like admitting to the menopause but we certainly don’t want to talk about how our sex lives are changing too.  But changing they are, if the experience of women I meet at Menopause Support are anything to go by.

 

During our workshops this topic of ‘personal relationships, feelings & emotions’ often overruns on time and is one of the liveliest and enthusiastically received.  I think women just want to feel they’ve got an safe opportunity to talk about it and know that how they feel, and what’s happening to them, is normal.  Questions like ‘Why am I just not interested in sex anymore?’  or ‘Can I do anything to stop it being so painful?’ are regularly discussed.

 

So with Valentine’s Day coming up (a bit cheesy I know!) we’ve decided to run a free Sex and the Menopause topic talk on the subject.  Register your free place now to join us on Thursday 10th February from 7.30 to 8.00 pm.  Telephone in and listen to my tips, ideas and latest research.  And if you want you can ask your question through the talk too, anonymously if you wish.

 

If you would like to hear a recording of this topic talk, please email us to request the link info@menopausesupport.org.uk

Want improved libido, weight control and cancer protection?

1. September 2010 10:56

 

Well I believe brisk walking is the answer.  I am a huge fan and since dumping my gym work-outs in favour of a regular ’45 minute power walk’ I feel fitter, lighter and yes more alive too!

 

The latest report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests that well over a third of all cancers could be prevented by adjusting lifestyle factors such as doing more exercise.  Henry Scowcroft, from Cancer Research UK says, ‘You don’t have to be an athlete to reduce your cancer risk.  There’s solid evidence that certain cancers – including breast and bowel – are less common in people who do regular, moderate exercise such as brisk walking.’

 

But we all know that it’s so hard to get motivated even knowing this cancer protection benefit – it’s so far in the future (hopefully) and there’s always something more important to do.  So, I suggest you concentrate on the short-term benefits – after a couple of weeks of regularly brisk walking you will begin to notice an improved sense of wellbeing, increased energy levels, clearer thoughts and perhaps more interest in the bedroom.  These benefits are all as a result of the increased heart rate and blood flow that takes place when we do any form of exercise that gets out of breath, hot and sweaty.

 

I swear by my Polar heart rate monitor to help me walk at the right speed – as a 51 year old women I aim for 128/132 heart rate for 45+ minutes, three times a week.  This gives me a good cardio-vascular and resistance workout all in one and helps to maintain my weight.  (If you want to buy a similar heart rate monitor you can visit our shop at www.menopausesupport.org.uk where all our shop profits are used to support more women going through the menopause.)

 

Happy Walking!