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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!

Mail on Sunday YOU magazine a huge success!

12. April 2011 05:44

 

 

So a big thank you to everyone who gave their menopause story to journalist Rosanna Greenstreet.

 

If you haven’t seen the article ‘Menopause: A change for the better ….. or worse?’ in this Sunday’s YOU magazine then click on the link:

 

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1374394/Menopause-A-change-better-worse.html

 

The article is full of real stories, including some great celebrities, on how women find their menopause.  What continually strikes me is how different everyone’s experience is.  Each woman’s menopause is totally unique.  Women must be encouraged to find the information and advice they need to make their own treatment decisions, whether that’s HRT, lifestyle changes, complementary therapies or a mix of all three!

 

The many appreciative comments on the Mail Online comment board and the response on the Menopause Support website shows how important this type of reporting is.  BT from Chester writes:

 

“How refreshing to see the ‘side effects’ of the menopause described so openly and candidly by such a variety of women.  This subject never seems to get the publicity it deserves and women over 50, like myself, tend to think they are the only ones suffering….”

 

 

Finding work difficult because of your menopause?

4. April 2011 10:52

Then you’re not alone.  Female staff have told the TUC that their managers don’t recognise their problems – they speak of being criticised for menopause-related sick leave, their embarrassment at discussing the menopause with their employers, and being criticised or ridiculed by their managers on the subject.

 

The TUC has recently published new guidance on how employers and the union reps can work together to support women through the menopause at work.  The report suggests initiatives such as:

 

·         the importance of encouraging a positive workplace attitude to the menopause

·         what physical changes can be made to the working environment that will help and

·         why working time flexibility is crucial.

 

Following our successful event at the Stress Awareness Week, Marie Taylor, Organisational Development Manager, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust wrote,

 

‘Menopause Support, a contributor to our Stress Awareness Week, was very well received.  Over 50 members of staff received advice on managing the menopause and will receive further information via email.  We would like to thank Menopause Support for their support’.

 

 

Menopause Support is offering Menopause Awareness Training to work organisations which cover the topics above and more! 

If you know of an organisation who might be interested please contact me on heatherfairbairn@menopausesupport.org.uk

and help us to bring an end to the embarrassment, confusion and inaction around the menopause in the workplace.

 

Thank you. 

 

Fighting the invisibility of 50s+ women

12. January 2011 05:33

Congratulations to Miriam O’Reilly who has successfully won her case against the BBC for age discrimination.  The employment tribunal ruled that Miriam, 53, was dismissed because of her age (not sex) when senior BBC executives decided to overhaul BBC1 rural affairs (Countryfile) show in November 2008.

 

The exodus of older women disappearing from our TVs over the past few years has been lamentable – Moira Stuart, Anna Ford, Arlene Phillips and Selina Scott to mention a few.  It’s not surprising that so many women fear looking older and have difficulty in embracing their post menopausal life.  Women often believe that past 50 their useful lives have come to an end.  A regular comment I hear, ‘I just feel invisible these days’!  Not helped by the BBC whisking all our 50s+ role models from our screens.

 

But thanks to this case, campaigners believe times will now change with the BBC swiftly announcing ‘fair selection for presenter appointments’ as well as increased training for senior executives.  The future looks bright – let’s look forward to seeing many more gorgeously maturing women on our TVs.  

Help us to break the Menopause Taboo with the Mail on Sunday You! Magazine.

11. January 2011 06:37

I thought you might like to help us here at Menopause Support to ‘break the menopause taboo’ by telling your menopausal story for anonymous publication in YOU magazine from the Mail on Sunday.  

 

I’ve just been contacted by Rosanna Greenstreet who is a freelance journalist writing for the YOU magazine, the Weekend Guardian, the Sunday Times and various other magazines. She is also a published author with a weekly column for the Guardian and has also written the book – My Body My Enemy, which is about a recovered anorexic Claire Beeken.

 

She has been commissioned by YOU Magazine to write a piece about the menopause and is looking for women who have been through or are going through the menopause. The interviews will be anonymous. She would like to ask women about their symptoms. Any remedies that have helped them. How they feel about themselves. How the menopause might have changed their lives and impacted on their sex lives. What the plus sides are and how they feel once they are out the other side.  

 

She would also like to talk to someone who has been through early menopause and also a woman whose menopause was brought about by illness or an operation.

 

I am going to be interviewed today and will obviously be talking about the Menopause Support Programme!  If you feel you could do the same I know this will really help other women to know how they can get support too.

 

If you are able to help then please telephone her on 0208 892 8773 or email her rgreenstreet@btinternet.com

Lose your Christmas weight fast!

7. January 2011 09:55

Join us here at our free Menopause Support ‘phone-in’ next Thursday 13th January at 7.30pm to find out the latest research and ideas on how to get rid of those extra festive pounds.

I’ll be discussing why weight control is so much harder once we get into our 40s and talk about ideas and tips which women find really help keep their weight under control through this period of their lives.  I’ll be sharing the latest research on what works and what doesn’t and talk about how to use these findings in your day to day life.

The call will last 30 minutes and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Book your free place now, click on ‘Book Now’ on the Weight control topic talk page for the ‘0845’ number to ring next Thursday. 

Looking forward to talking with you then and in the meantime, if you’re anything like me, wear your ‘fat-day’ jeans for the next few days!

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

Menopause Support Goes National!

7. December 2010 06:08

Welcome to our new website, we hope you like the changes we’ve made!

 

Following the success of the original site we decided to use a similar format but extend it to help and support even more women.  We listened to all the feedback from our workshops and through the forum.  We feel we now know better what you want information on, how you want to receive support and what you’re interested in buying. 

 

You’ll notice there’s a new ‘Free information’ section with lots of useful tips, ideas and advice on how to help yourself through this often challenging period in a woman’s life.  We’ve made all the pages printable so that you can read them when you want.  You can also download Top Tips and listen to a podcast on ‘Cooling the Hot Flushes’ – all for free. 

 

We’ve also extended the advice we offer to include 1 to 1 telephone advice and telephone workshops.  So it doesn’t matter if you can’t get down to the South-West to join a workshop – you can now get support through a telephone call either privately or with a group of women. Check out the ‘Advice’ section and see what suits you best.

 

We’re increasing the range of useful products in the shop too – take a look at the new Gift Boxes, ideal Christmas gifts for those who need a little helping hand managing their symptoms.

 

We hope you enjoy using this new site – we’d love to hear what you think and if there are any further improvements you think we can make – drop us an e-mail on info@menopausesupport.org.uk  or telephone  01392 876122.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sex and the Menopause

20. October 2010 08:45

Most research I have found on sex and the menopause is ‘medically’ based, for example, looking at how declining hormone levels result in a reduced sex drive.  But recently I was sent an interesting piece of research with a different approach – 12 British women were interviewed about their experience of sex through the menopause and their responses analysed. 

 

The research concluded that a good sex life depends on how women feel about their relationships against the backdrop of their own and their partner’s physically changing body.  It also showed how the changes in sex drive and sexual satisfaction through the menopause varied amongst women – not that dissimilar to a woman’s experiences of sex at other points in their lives. 

 

If you would like a copy of this research please contact us on info@menopausesupport.org.uk

 

If you’re interested in this topic there’s a free lecture on 2nd December 2010 at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 6.00 to 8.00 pm where Dr Claudine Domoney will address issues and concerns for women who have sexual problems during and after the menopause.  Topics will include interventions that might help and treatments (together with any side-effects) that may be useful.  To reserve your free place click on www.rcog.org.uk/events

New breast screening available

5. October 2010 05:20

Latest research from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has found that women under 50 can now have a new type of screening – Digital Infrared BreastScan (DIB) in combination with a mammogram which improves tumour detection to 89%.  Until now mammograms have missed tumours in younger breast tissue as it is denser and so it is harder to see the tumours.

 

The DIB uses a temperature sensitive camera to detect ‘hot spots’ in the breast which indicate an increased blood supply associated with 86% of breast tumours.  Many of the tumours detected are too small to be felt through the skin during self-examination. 

 

The DIB is available through private breast screening clinics many of which are run by Breast Health UK at Spire Hospitals across the UK – to find your local clinic see www.BreastHealthUK.com.  The clinics also offer clinical breast examinations, breast MRI scans, ultrasound and genetic testing.  If you want to talk to someone further about this, call Breast Health UK on 0800 085 6616.

5 A Day for a Happier Life!

28. September 2010 04:51

Happiness has become a science rather than an art, following the recent launch of the Movement for Happiness – an organisation using scientific research to understand why, as our incomes have increased we have not become happier.

 

The global happiness survey conducted in more than 150 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe asked people, ‘What makes you happy?’  The study concluded that we think our health and wellbeing are the main areas to improve happiness but there are in fact other areas such as involvement in our local communities that are just as important and often overlooked. 

 

Also, we let short-term gains override what we know is probably best for us in the long term – I can really relate to this one!  Such as sitting down in front of the TV, or having that glass of wine rather than going to that exercise class you promised yourself.  But apparently, if you concentrate on how much better you’ll feel tomorrow with a more toned body, more rested from a better night’s sleep and so more energy to face the day rather than knowing that it could help prevent heart disease in 20 years time, you’re more likely to get to that class. In other words focus on short-term rather than long-term gains to keep yourself motivated.

 

If you’d like to know more go to http://gmj.gallup.com/content/126884/five-essential-elements-wellbeing.aspx (or you could always come on one of our Menopause Support Programme workshops and explore ideas for your own ‘5 a day for a happier life’!)

British women suffer more during menopause than women abroad!

22. September 2010 12:21

An interesting survey from The University of Westminster was published recently about the level of reported menopausal symptoms from women living in London, America, Canada, China and Japan.  The report concludes that British women experienced more severe symptoms than those in other countries from around the world and that this is probably due to stress.  The researchers believe that stress could be one of the key factors exacerbating the condition in British women.  I wonder about this too, as I’m sure our generation are having a harder time at menopause than our mother’s and grandmother’s generations and just maybe this is because we try to pack so much into our lives?

 

The range of symptoms included all the normal ones that we know so well – night sweats, hot flushes, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, upset stomach, aching joints and depression. The results show that hot flushes and night sweats were common to all women but other symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia and irritability depended on culture, age and where they lived. 

 

Higher levels of hot flushes were experienced by British and American women compared with Chinese and Japanese.  The study suggests that this may be due to the large amounts of soya in Eastern diets helping to support the drop in oestrogen through the menopause.  I think this could be true, but suggest you stick to the fermented whole bean soya foods such as tofu, temph and miso.

 

The final conclusion of the study is that “Each women needs to be treated according to her unique experiences going through the menopause and we shouldn’t allow stereotypes to distort what the menopause entails.”  Here at Menopause Support we totally agree with this statement and aim through our Menopause Support Programme to give women the information, advice and support they need to make the right decision about their own menopause treatments.