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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!

SUPER SUMMER SALE ON ALL MENOPAUSE TREATMENTS & PRODUCTS!

7. June 2011 07:21

This is our BIGGEST sale ever so don’t miss out on fastastic savings with our SUPER SUMMER SALE!!! 

One of the questions we are asked many times is ‘Which products might help with my symptoms?‘. In order to make it easier to find out what natural treatments can help with your menopause symptoms we have re-categorised the shop to make it easier for you.

Categories include Cooling Solutions to help with those hot flushes and night sweats; Nutrition & Weight Control to help you stay in control of your body; Head & Mind to help with anxiety, depression, insomnia & mood swings; Intimate Moments to help with symptoms such as vaginal dryness; Hair, Skin & Bones to improve condition and to combat aching joints; as well as our popular Book section. Hopefully this will make it much easier for you to go directly to the area you are looking for to see what you can take that might ease your discomfort. 

So, take advantage of these reductions to bag yourself a bargain

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

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

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

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!

Male menopause – true or false?

6. August 2010 12:14

I often get asked ‘Is there such a thing as the male menopause?’ particularly by men in their fifties!  I think it’s a really interesting question and one which I haven’t found a definitive answer for yet – but this is what I’ve gathered so far …..

 

We know that in most men the male hormone, testosterone drops around 1% per year after the age of 30. By about 70, the decrease in a man’s testosterone level can be as much as 50%.  But the drop is gradual over the years and not the same dramatic drop that women experience with the female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone at menopause.

 

The symptoms though can be debilitating namely poor sleep patterns, a reduced sexual function and drive, reduced muscle tone and increasing body fat, decreased energy and confidence.  All sounds pretty familiar to me – just like the menopause – so not really surprising that it’s a real challenge to keep a close, loving relationship going through this period of our lives. 

 

The Men’s page under the Support section on the website is a good insight and I hope it helps.