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HRT Myths

HRT (hormone replacement therapy) refers to replacement of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone hormones for relief of menopausal symptoms. It continues to be the most effective treatment for debilitating menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, brain fogging, mood fluctuations and vaginal dryness. 

The use of HRT plummeted towards the beginning of this century following publication of results of some of the large clinical trials which suggested an increased risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer associated with its use. Over the past decade, further research and reanalysis of the data from original studies have revealed that for the vast majority of women under the age of 60, the benefits of HRT outweigh any risks. 

However, misconceptions and myths prevail regarding use of HRT, and this article looks at the research behind HRT to dispel some of the common myths about its use and side effects.

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1. HRT causes weight gain

There is no evidence to support a direct link between HRT and weight gain. Women may gain weight in the middle years due to changes in their diet, physical activity patterns and lifestyle. A slowing metabolic rate and redistribution of body fat towards the middle may also contribute to this. A healthy diet and regular exercise are important to prevent such weight gain. 

Some women may experience side effects of bloating and fluid retention on HRT, which can lead them to believe that they are putting on weight. 

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2. All forms of HRT cause breast cancer

This is one of the biggest fears associated with the use of HRT and a common reason for women to choose not to take it. HRT with oestrogen alone is not associated with increase in the risk of breast cancer. Oestrogen-only HRT can only be taken by women who have had a hysterectomy. Combined HRT (oestrogen + some form of progesterone) can be associated with a small increased risk (for women of average weight in developed countries, 5 years of HRT starting at age 50 years, would increase breast cancer incidence at ages 50–69 by about 1 in every 50 users), however this is related to treatment duration and reduces once HRT is stopped. 

The risk appears to be lower with some types of progesterone (intrauterine system Miena or natural progesterone Utrogestan) as compared to others. There are many other comparable risk factors for developing breast cancer such as being overweight, drinking 2-3 units of alcohol daily, smoking and undertaking little or no exercise. 

There is no increased risk of breast cancer in women who take HRT under the age of 50 years (due to early or premature menopause). In these women, taking HRT simply replaces the hormones that body would otherwise produce until the age of the natural menopause and therefore does not carry the risks which are typically associated with use of HRT after the age of 50.

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3. HRT has the risk of causing heart attack and stroke

HRT in any form does not increase the risk of heart disease if started before the age of 60 years. Taking combined HRT immediately after menopause for up to 10 years can actually reduce the risk of heart disease and dying from heart disease. There is a very small increased risk of stroke in women who take combined HRT, but this risk can be reduced by taking oestrogen through skin in the form of gels, patches or implants rather than oral tablets. The risk of stroke in women under 60 years is very low regardless of whether or not HRT is used.

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4. All types of HRT can cause blood clots

Oral HRT can cause an increase in the likelihood of having a blood clot. This increased risk is very small and is higher in presence of other risk factors such as obesity or past episodes of blood clots. Maintaining healthy weight and taking oestrogen as either a gel, patch or an implant (through skin bypassing gut and liver) can effectively reduce the risk of blood clots.

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5. If you need HRT you are beyond getting pregnant

HRT is mainly used for treatment of debilitating menopausal symptoms in women of all ages. In women who have had an early or premature menopause, HRT is also prescribed for prevention of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. However, HRT is not a contraceptive and young woman can conceive while taking HRT. Most national guidelines recommend that women who wish to avoid unwanted pregnancy while on HRT should continue to use some form of contraception until the age of 55 when loss of natural fertility can be assumed.

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6. HRT delays the menopause

HRT is effective in treating the symptoms of menopause as it replaces the hormone/hormones which stop being produced in the body. HRT however does nothing to delay the decline in ovarian function. Any menopausal symptoms which women experience after stopping HRT are just the symptoms they would have anyway experienced even if they had never had HRT. In fact, when coming off HRT – it is advisable to reduce the dose of hormones and come off gradually to avoid oestrogen ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. Such symptoms, if at all they occur, are usually temporary and decrease quickly with time. 

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7. HRT carries the same risks as the pill

Although the pill and HRT both contain oestrogen and synthetic progesterone hormones, the hormones in HRT are less potent and in lower (more physiological) dose resulting in differences in side effects and risk profiles. Most pills contain a synthetic oestrogen compound – ethinyl oestradiol combined with synthetic progesterone which is usually a derivative of testosterone. Majority of HRT preparations combine natural oestrogen (17 beta oestradiol) with either a synthetic or natural progesterone. HRT is not contraindicated in women who suffer from migraines (patches, implants or gels preferred) and transdermal HRT preparations have a much lower risk of blood clots than the oral pill formulations.

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8. Natural methods to treat menopausal symptoms are safer than HRT

Many women choose to take ‘natural’ or ‘bio-identical’ products to treat their menopausal symptoms however, these terms can be misleading or confusing. Many of the HRT compounds sold under these categories have often been custom-made by the individuals/clinics prescribing them and have not been subjected to the same level of rigorous scientific testing as the conventional regulated HRT preparations. Bio-identical HRT preparations (which are not part of regulated medical treatments) are not recommended for use by the British Menopause Society.

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9. HRT cannot be prescribed until a woman stops her periods and her symptoms are unbearable

Many women will suffer from severe menopausal symptoms long before their last menstrual period (during perimenopause) and HRT can be safely prescribed to alleviate symptoms. HRT can also help even if the woman is having mild symptoms. In addition, there is increasing evidence that the earlier HRT is started, more are the benefits for protection from osteoporosis and heart disease.

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10. Women need to have multiple tests to make sure they can take HRT or that they actually need it

Majority of women do not need any specific tests before HRT is prescribed. For some women, tests such as blood hormone profile, blood clotting screen or pelvic ultrasound may be needed based on their past medical history. It is recommended that blood pressure is regularly monitored while taking the HRT. 

Further reading –

1. Menopause: diagnosis and management, NICE guideline, Nation Institute for health and care excellence, UK.Published: 12 November 2015; nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23.

2. Contraception for Women Aged Over 40 Years, FSRH guideline, Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, UK. Published: August 2017 (Updated October 2017); 

https://www.fsrh.org/standards-and-guidance/documents/fsrhguidance-

contraception-for-women-aged-over-40-years-2017.

With our kind thankyou to Dr Vikram Talaulikar.

HRT Myths explained was written by Dr Vikram Talaulikar, MD MRCOG PhD

BMS certified Menopause Specialist

Menopause Clinic London

10 Harley Street, London

Has the menopause changed your relationship with your partner? Are you at a crossroads with your sex life due to menopause?

When menopause arrives it can unexpectedly create a curve ball within your relationship. You are suddenly dealing with your hormones that are changing constantly, going up and down and with it the many added physical symptoms.

It is of no surprise that your relationship with your partner may become strained during this time. It is important to talk to your partner and tell them how you are feeling and for you both to be patient and understanding. Your partner may be feeling completely at a loss too, with the sudden change in your relationship.

It’s important that you talk with your partner and your Gp about your symptoms.

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During this time of change, why not try something new as a couple? Dancing, exercise togther – set a challenge and why not sign up for a race or event. Discover a new hobby, see some shows, concerts or take a spontaneous trip somewhere.

A positive mindset and talking to one another can help you get through this time, it is another chapter of your journey together try and make time to have some fun.

Enjoying Midlife Sex

By Sam Evans


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We are very fortunate this week to be able to share with you a great blog from Samantha Evans, PeriMenoPost is proud to call a Menomate!

Twitter – @samtalkssex @jodivineuk a sexual health and pleasure expert.

Sam Evans lives locally in Tunbridge Wells and is a passionate advocate for ensuring women are correctly informed about their sexual health, she works tirelessly to ensure that women do not suffer, are in no pain or discomfort and that they are able to enjoy a fulfilled sex life. I have had the pleasure of hearing Sam talk at a local well woman event and Sam is great fun, incredibly knowledgable about all things sex, sex toys and lubricants. Sam is dedicated to making a change to womens sexual health and helping couples to be just as intimate as they always have been.

If you have experienced issues with intimacy and if your sexual health has been affected, read sams article. Sam provides positive, informative and helpful suggestions to help you regain a healthy sex life again.

“Samantha Evans”:https://www.jodivine.com/authors/samantha-evans co-founded Jo Divine, an online sex toy company, with her husband Paul in 2007 which only sells skin safe sex toys and sexual lubricants. 

Having a professional background in nursing, she is a features writer and sexual health and pleasure expert for Jo Divine. She works with many healthcare professionals in the NHS and private practice to help them advise their patients about regaining sexual function and enjoying sexual intimacy and pleasure through the use of suitable sex toys, dilators and sexual lubricants.

With an extensive knowledge about sex toys and sexual lubricants, Samantha enjoys creating informative, practical articles about sexual health and pleasure which endeavour to normalise sex, help people to talk about it and discover ways to enjoy sex in whatever way they want to or are able to. She has also been featured extensively in the media

As a menopausal woman she also advises women going through the menopause and beyond about ways to enjoy sexual intimacy and pleasure as this is often a time when many couples give up on their sex lives due to the impact of menopausal health issues that affect their intimacy and pleasure.


As we get older our sex drive and sexual sensation can change, especially when dealing with a myriad of perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness or atrophy, decreased sexual sensation or low libido making sex feel painful, uncomfortable or simply not working for you anymore.


Often women give up on sex or continue to endure painful sex which is neither pleasurable, good for their vagina health or their relationship. Women who previously had a good sex life may get frustrated that the menopause has impacted upon their sex life in this way too.


However with a few tweaks to your relationship and the way in which you enjoy sexual intimacy and pleasure, you can continue to enjoy sex, even discovering new ways to make it more pleasurable


Talk to your Partner


This is the commonest reasons why couples give up on midlife sex because they are unable to talk to each other. Your partner probably has no idea about how you are feeling and may think you no longer love or desire them so it is important to tell them why you do not want to have sex or why it no longer feels pleasurable.


Over time, our sexual tastes, sensation, stimulation and attraction change so explore new ways to enjoy intimacy. What might have worked for you or your partner in the past may not work now so show each other where and how you like to be touched, make sounds of pleasure to encourage them when they hit the right spot. Try new positions, prolonged foreplay, quickie sex, simple sex toys, enjoy hotel sex, whatever makes you both feel good.


Share your fantasies, you may discover that some of them are the same. You might even want to act some of them out too!


Use A Good Lube!


Vagina dryness affects women of all ages due to hormones, breastfeeding, medication, cancer treatments, stress, anxiety and especially the ageing process.


One simple way to make sex feel pleasurable, last longer and promote vaginal lubrication is to use lubricant. Do not think of lubricants as just fixing a problem, using a good pH balalanced sexual lubricant can make “ok sex” feel great.


I put YES organic oil based lubricant on before foreplay to get things going which really helps, you may only want to apply it for penetrative sex or other sex play, experiment with what works for you. Always stop if sex feels painful. 


It may take time to get used to using a sexual lubricant for both you and your partner which is why it is important to use a good sexual lubricant, a product free from irritating ingredients that has been designed for sex play, not something from your bathroom or kitchen cupboard. Many couples try a lubricant, find that it causes irritation or even thrush, think all lubricants are the same which is not the case so avoid lubricants.


Using a pH balanced lubricant such as YES organic lubricants and vaginal moisturisers, free for irritating ingredients not only makes sex feel more pleasurable and last longer but also keeps your vagina and vulva happy and healthy, especially as we get older.

A Healthy Vagina is A Happy Vagina


Many people care about what they eat or use on their face, hair and body but do not give a thought to what they are putting on their vulva and inside their vagina or anus yet these are highly absorbent and sensitive intimate parts of our body.


Having had my own sex life and vagina health destroyed in my 20’s and 30’s by using KY and other well known lubricant brands and feminine hygiene products still available on the high street today which caused recurrent  thrush, bacterial vaginosis ( a vaginal infection with a fishy smell which requires anitbiotic treatment), cystitis and urinary tract infections this led to vaginismus whereby the muscles of the vagina constrict, making penetration either impossible or feel painful.


Through my own research and discovering “YES organic lubricants”:https://www.jodivine.com/articles/sex-tips/want-better-sex-use-lube I found that many commercial lubricants/moisturisers and feminine hygiene products contain ingredients including glycerin, propylene glycol, parabens, perfume and dyes in addition to “tingling” or “warming “ ingredients which can irritate the tissues of the vulva and vagina, disrupting the delicate pH of the vagina which may cause thrush or bacterial vaginosis, especially if you are prone to these infections.


Many water based formulations have a high osmolarity so exacerbate vaginal dryness by drawing moisture from the walls of the vagina not hydrating them.


Always check the ingredients before you buy or ask your GP before they prescribe you a product and do a skin test before rubbing it over your clitoris, nothing worse than an itchy or stinging vulva or vagina!  Be aware that some well known brands do not put the ingredients on the box or label so choose a product that has an ingredients label.


Feminine hygiene products, scented menstrual products and perfumed condoms are completely unnecessary as our vaginas are self cleaning and all you will do is disrupt the vagina pH which will lead to irritation, an infection and make your vagina/vulva feel sore.


I keep my vagina and vulva happy by using YES oil based organic lubricant for sex and when using sex toys, YES vaginal moisturiser twice weekly and Vagifem, a local oestrogen pessary three times weekly. For those worried about using HRT, local oestrogen is not absorbed systemically (into the bloodstream), it is absorbed directly into the walls of the vagina and into the skin of the vulva, replacing the depleting oestrogen to keep the skin healthy and flexible. The depleting oestrogen makes the tissues of the vagina and vulva shrink and thin, leaving them feeling sore, less well lubricated and the vagina tightens, making penetration feel sore or painful. It can also lead to thrush or other vaginal infections and irritation. Local oestrogen is the equivalent of taking one HRT tablet each year so an incredibly small amount of oestrogen which can make a huge difference to your vagina/vula health and your sexual pleasure too.

Regular Orgasms are Good for You

Orgasms are fun, free and good for your health! 


Enjoying regular orgasms with a partner or during solo play using your fingers or a sex toy can increase your vaginal lubrication, help you begin to feel more sexual if you are struggling with your libido, reduce stress, boost immunity, keep you looking young and exercise your pelvic floor. Orgasms can also improve the quality of yoursleep, a common problem during menopause, as the release of feel good endorphins induces a state of relaxation helping you drift off.


Often during menopause our ability to orgasm may take longer or it may not feel as pleasurable so I often recommend using a “simple bullet vibrator”:https://www.jodivine.com/articles/buyers-guides/bullet-vibrators either for solo play or with a partner. Small enough to slip between yourself and your partner, bullets can also be used on partners with a penis and on nipples too.


Men can benefit from enjoying regular orgasms because they can improve prostate health and help to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Regular ejaculation flushes out prostate fluid in the prostate gland which can stagnate and become inflamed leading to an enlarged prostate which causes pain, increases the need to pee and difficulty in emptying the bladder.

Kick start your Libido


Sometimes it can be really hard just to make the effort to have sex so take the focus of penetrative sex if this is how you normally enjoy sex with a partner and enjoy non penetrative sex play. Enjoy kissing, cuddling, body massage, gentle touch with fingers, silky ribbons, feathers, mutual masturbation with a good pH balanced sexual lubricant, nipple play. Having regular orgasms can help to kick start your libido and arousal so indulge in a long bath and take your favourite waterproof sex toy with you, grab some self care time alone or share your sex toy with your partner. Show them how it works for you, use it on their body.


Exercise those Pelvic Floor Muscles


Regular pelvic floor exercises can make orgasms feel stronger and help incontinence issues. However, some women have a tight pelvic floor which can make penetrative sex feel painful. If you are unsure how to do your pelvic floor exercises or if you think you have a weak or tight pelvic floor, a pelvic health physiotherapist is the best person to see. They are the experts in pelvic health and will be able to assess your pelvic floor muscles, offering practical exercises to strengthen or release your pelvic floor. Many work in the NHS so ask your GP to refer you. You can also self refer to those working in private practice too.


Explore Sex Toys


Incorporating sex toys into your sex play can help you enjoy new ways to be intimate and discover new sexual sensations especially if you find yourself struggling to orgasm or it takes longer due to decreased sexual sensation. 


A simple bullet vibrator is small enough to slip between you and a partner to enjoy clitoral stimulation during penetrative sex or foreplay. You can use it on yourself, get your partner to use it on you or play with it on their body.If vaginal tightness is an issue, using a slim vibrator or dilator with plenty of lubricant can help stretch the vagina walls, making them more flexible and penetrative sex feel more pleasurable.


Vibrating constriction rings are a great way to help a man maintain his erection, last longer and offer clitoral stimulation at the same .


Sex is not just penetration – enjoying prolongedsex play might be all you want. Explore sex toys, oral sex, bondage, nipple play, mutual masturbation, kissing and intimate massage.


Don’t give up on your sex life, talk to your partner, use a good pH balanced sexual lubricant, masturbate more, explore sex toys, do your pelvic floor exercises, be imaginative, adventurous and have fun in whatever way feels pleasurable for you!


At Jo Divine we believe that sexual health and sexual pleasure go hand in hand and have created a health brochure with suitable products to help people with sexual issues. Working with medical professionals, we hope to encourage patients and HCPs alike in talking more freely about sexual problems. A health issue doesn’t mean your sex life will have to stop!

Thank you Sam for your helpful and informative feature, women will now be informed and have the knowledge to ask their health care professional more questions and gain the correct course of treatment that they rightly deserve.

You can follow Sam on Twitter @SamtalksSex @jodivineuk or via her website for products and information www.jodivine.com / Instagram @Jo.divine

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This week’s real life meno 60 seconds interview guest is Jo Moseley, AKA the Paddle board super hero!

Jo is the first woman within the UK to stand up paddleboard – S U P from coast to coast!!

One awesome real-life meno warrior!!!

Since turning 50, Jo has begun her personal quest and journey of paddleboarding and helping to clean up the environment along the waterways as she travels. Jo takes you on a journey aboard her paddleboard, giving you a refreshing view of life upon the UK’s waterways, scenery, seasons, every type of weather and the wildlife she encounters along the way. Her passion is clear and is infectious, making you feel that you too could jump on a paddleboard, enjoy nature and join her on her mission to help make a difference to the environment.

Jo is passionate about the environment and is actively involved in the #2minutebeachclean and also an active member of the wave project, a surf therapy charity for children in the UK.

This year saw Jo complete the #paddleboardthenorthchallenge!! It was a joy to follow her adventures via social media. Adding to Jo’s talents and comitment to her cause she has just won the 2019 Smart award for Best Bradford Film!! Congratulations Jo we are all behind you, all the way!

Nothing is going to stop Jo, not even menopause! She is enjoying this stage of her life and being able to experience the freedom, joy, exhilaration and the feeling of being alive out on the water. Read Jo’s menopause journey and how she has found a new sense of energy and zest for life.

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#2minutebeachclean #paddleboardthenorth
2019 Smart Award winner Best Bradford Film


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1) Best Part of menopause?

Ooh interesting! I think because the perimenopause broke me when I was already down, the healing & learning is the best part. I had to start looking after myself because I was at such a low point & that has been an interesting & empowering journey. I’ve made friendships, learned skills, gone on adventures & found my creative & personal voice. 

2) Tell us your best #Menomoment?

Ooh I think paddleboarding into Goole this summer in a huge thunderstorm followed by a beautiful rainbow. I had completed my 162 mile coast to coast fundraising & litter picking adventure. As the first woman to do so & at 54, it made me feel like I had achieved something not just for me but for women in their 50s and those going through the menopause. 

3) What has been the worst part of your menopause?

Sleepless nights, crippling anxiety, joint pains & feeling like I was lost.

4) Have you taken the NHS or Private Health route to treatyour menopause?

I haven’t really been treated with either route. I’ve researched & found my own answers. I am however aware that I am very fortunate in that I’ve been able to do this. If I were to seek treatment, it would be NHS.

 5) Have you been supported within your workplace?

I haven’t really needed to ask for support. I work in a very kind environment anyway so I am fortunate. My colleagues do comment on how warm I like to keep my office and why I am wearing 3 jumpers in summer! I get cold flushes! 

6) HRT or natural/alternative treatment for Menopause? 

Lifestyle changes: exercise, vitamin D, nutrition, sleep, stretching, less stress, gratitude, magnesium, sports massages. 

7) What advice would you give to a younger you prior toPerimenopause and Menopause?

Look after yourself more! Put yourself on the priority list! Move, say no to things that don’t bring you joy, stop volunteering for everything, be kinder to yourself, go to bed early. You don’t have to be superwoman! Also read up on the perimenopause & what it’s all about. You think you have to do everything on your own as a single Mum but you don’t. It’s ok to ask for help. Look after your bone health! 

8) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Ooh I hope taking women out on the water on Paddleboarding retreats, litter picking, stretching & having delicious food. Helping women feel like warrior women on the water. Spending more time at the coast & in the sea. Writing & speaking about adventures, wellbeing in menopause & midlife purpose & reinvention.

 9) Who would you like to give a shout out – mention too?

Who has been supportive and instrumental in helping you through menopause?

Ooh great question! Definitely a shout out to Deborah Garlick of Henpicked. I think they were the first online community I discovered who even talked about the menopause openly. I learned so much and was grateful to contribute to their book. That was 4 or 5 years ago. Rachel from Magnificent Midlife has been sharing huge amounts of very valuable information for years too. Also Jo & Anne from Positive Pause and Jane from Meno & Me for inviting me to talk at their respective menopause events this autumn. A privilege & honour. Angela from Behind The Woman is brilliant too. My friend Sam Bunch who wrote a fab, funny book Menopause – A Hot Topic. Basically, we are lifting and supporting each other. 

10)Who is your favourite #Menowarrior?

Ooh Jane Dowling. She gives 110% every day on social media. Sharing her journey, answering questions, supporting and just being incredible. Her exercise videos on Instagram are so helpful. Such a star! 

Thank you Jo for your story, we are looking forward to hearing about your sup adventures! The retreats sound great, keep us all posted.

You can keep up to date with Jo’s adventures and follow her at;

Twitter @Healthyhappy50

Instagram @healthyhappy50

Would you like to be our next real-life meno 60 seconds interview guest?

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Christmas is fast approaching, the season will soon be upon us, how does this make you feel menos?

Are you already feeling the burden of all the season necessities falling on your shoulders?

Are you aware of what is giving you stress or anxiety for the christmas season?

This week give yourself some time to sit down and make a christmas plan to help you manage through christmas, identify what is already causing you stress?

Make a plan to delegate jobs, if you are sharing christmas with family members. Schedule in time for you to take a break, a walk in the fresh air, a quiet time to read a christmas novel or magazine. Set yourself limits as to how you want to spend christmas, practice self care even if it means you need to take a nap if your body is tired!

Remember how important selfcare is when managing menopause symptoms and how to look after yourself with some early nights, healthy eating and exercise this will all help to make you feel so much better.

Have a super week Menos, wishing everyone a healthy, happy and safe Christmas! stay positive, stay safe!

Wash hands, wear a mask and keep you 2m distance. Be kind to one another and give your support!

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Adenomyosis – Endometriosis’s little friend.

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It was great news that Endometriosis has received much needed publicity and support from the UK Government this recently.

This was urgently needed for the many women who experience this debilitating disease.

I would like to bring to people’s attention a disease that goes along with endometriosis, which is Adenomyosis. Little is known or discussed about this condition. Many doctors are unaware or know how to treat this disease.

Symptoms worsen over time and many women have no symptoms.

Causes of Adenomyosis:

  • Genetic / hereditary
  • Damage from uterine surgery – examples of uterine surgery include a D&C (dilation and curette) or c-section
  • A fault occurring when your uterus was forming in utero.
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I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis just before my early menopause diagnosis. I had never heard of this condition before only Endometriosis.

The physical symptoms were explained but I was not really given the correct care that I should have received at that time. The condition then seemed to disappear and was not causing any alarm bells. As I was in early menopause and I genuinely believed that this disease had seized due to my hormones being non existent. I have since discovered this year during the first lockdown, Adenomyosis does not disappear it has moments of flare ups.

April of this year I had to visit to A&E during the first lockdown with regards to my hormones!! This lockdown I will be having a operation to find out what is happening to my womb.

It was incredibly painful, traumatic and it came all of a sudden and was a big shock it really derailed me, physically and emotionally.

After trying various forms of HRT, last year I was fitted with a HRT implant. It appeared to be working for a short time.

I had taken a break from HRT to reset my body as advised by my Consultant.

This was manageable, albeit with some minor symptoms. It was just before the time that the first lockdown arrived that my insomnia and various other menopause symptoms reappeared. It was agreed that I should start with some HRT again. A regime of patches and a new progesterone that I had not tried before called Provera.

I then started with HRT and all seemed well, I could feel some improvement.

I felt good and I could feel a difference to my overall wellbeing.

Everything appeared normal, the spotting had stopped. After taking the progesterone, there was no bleeding. I simply put this down to having had so much spotting of blood previously that there was going to be no bleed caused by the progesterone for the month of April 2020.

A week or so after taking Provera, I suddenly became very cold, I could not get warm and became white in colour. The following day I was extremely tired and feeling out of sorts, not myself, but I put this down to the current lockdown environment of being stuck at home and the stress affecting me.

I was awoken during the early hours of the following morning with the most excruciating pain along the right side of my body that radiated down my right leg. The pain came in a crescendo of waves and was making me feel physically sick. I immediately took strong painkillers to ease the pain. This took some time to work and I then felt ok to carry on with my day as usual.

By mid morning around 11am I was unable to stand, talk or think the pain again came in waves of incredible pain. I called my Doctor to ask what was happening to me? I had never experienced so much pain and the bleeding which had now started was becoming very heavy.

My Doctor arranged painkillers and medication to help me with the pain and bleeding. I was exhausted and weak, I could not think straight, concentrate or move around. I remained in bed for three days. I was totally bed ridden by this sudden traumatic pain and heavy bleeding.

After four days the bleeding subsided as did the pain and I was starting to feel somewhat better. Later that day during a phone call to a friend, I became very teary and emotional. Very sudden and unlike me? After our conversation ended I stood up from the floor and there in front of me was a puddle of blood on the floor. I had started to bleed and had soaked through my underwear, sanitary ware and clothes.

I immediately went to the bathroom to change, at this stage I passed a large clot which then put me into a state of shock. What was happening to me?

Thankfully my friend called be back to check in on me as it was very unlike me to get so teary. Once I told her what had happened she told me to call 111 straight away.

After talking to the Nurse during my phone call with 111 I was advised to go straight to my local A&E dept. I could not make sense of what was happening to me at all. I was coping ok the best that I could considering lockdown and in the midst of the pandemic. How could my hormones be doing this to me now?

I felt so dreadful that I knew I had to go to hospital to be checked over. It was a very strange journey as I was not sure if I was going to be kept in hospital, if I needed an operation if I would come out of hospital? What if I caught coronavirus? How could my body be doing this to me at this time.

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Management has been in the form of changing my diet to a plant base lifestyle and with a huge detox of products, deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel and hair products. No caffeine since May!

Self care and listening to my body. Thankfully no more pain as before but the bleeding still is present and can be so tiring.

I gave up alcohol for 6 weeks during the summer which helped and now I only drink one or two glasses of wine during the weekend. Which is nothing that excessive. Sugar and processed carbs were the trickiest to give up.

I also made a decision to stop my HRT as I noticed there was a cycle of pain, then bleeding and as soon as I stopped with HRT the pain eased. mixture of diet and lifestyle, At present the pain has not returned, but I know now what to expect and what to do.

I have found a very helpful Facebook Groups of a wide range of adenomyosis fighters and endometriosis warriors who are all facing their own battle daily with these chronic diseases.

I have also discovered a fantastic surgeon who is dedicated and committed to helping women with Adenomyosis and Endometriosis, he is based in New York. Dr Vidali can be reached through social media and he has a You Tube channel, which I have added his video below for you to watch and discover more about the illness and what treatments are available.

I would like to raise more awareness for women to gain the correct treatment and support to help with being diagnosed with Adenomyosis.

April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month — The Endometriosis Network Canada
Credit The Endometriosis Network – Canada

Symptoms as a result of having adenomyosis may include:

  • Low iron and anaemia
  • Severe menstruation cramps
  • abdominal pain
  • lower back pain
  • pain during intercourse
  • pelvic pain
  • pain radiating down legs
  • pains/aches muscles
  • abodiminal pressure
  • bloating/swelling
  • enlarged uterus
  • ovulation pain
  • heavy menstrual bleeding
  • prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • blood clots
  • spotting between periods
  • difficulties passing urine
  • passing urine frequently
  • sudden urge to urinate
  • irregular bowel movement
  • painful bowel movements
  • constipation
  • diarrohea
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • infertility
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • low quality of life

Some women may experience all symptoms or a variation. Endometriosis, adhesions and fibroids may also be present with adenomyosis. Ensure that you are checked for these conditions if you suspect you may have Adenomyosis.

Treatment for Adenomyosis –

Progesterone releasing Intrauterine device IUD – Mirena – thinning of the endometrium. A reduction in the size of the uterus. Reducing bleeding and pain during intercourse.

GnRH – an artifical hormone used to prevent natural ovulation. Thinning of the endometrium, a reduction in size of the uterus. Creating a temporary menopause and stopping periods.

Hysterectomy – complete removal of the uterus and adenomyosis.

PeriMenoPost last Sunday evening joined Endometriosis South Coast, Founder Jodie Hughes for a Facebook LIVE conversation surrounding endometriosis and adenomyosis. Head over to our Facebook page to watch.https://www.facebook.com/Perimenopost

PeriMenoPost is not medically trained, please seek medical expert help if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms.Credit – Dr Vidali – @endometriosis_surgeon Instagram / @Drvidali – Twitter / Andrea Vidali MD Facebook

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Come along and join in a class and give it a try for yourself!

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This was urgently needed for the many women who experience this debilitating disease.

I would like to bring to people’s attention a disease that goes along with endometriosis, which is Adenomyosis. Little is known or discussed about this condition. Many doctors are unaware or know how to treat this disease.

Symptoms worsen over time and many women have no symptoms.

Causes of Adenomyosis:

  • Genetic / hereditary
  • Damage from uterine surgery – examples of uterine surgery include a D&C (dilation and curette) or c-section
  • A fault occurring when your uterus was forming in utero.
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I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis just before my early menopause diagnosis. I had never heard of this condition before only Endometriosis.

The physical symptoms were explained but I was not really given the correct care that I should have received at that time. The condition then seemed to disappear and was not causing any alarm bells. As I was in early menopause and I genuinely believed that this disease had seized due to my hormones being non existent. I have since discovered this year during the first lockdown, Adenomyosis does not disappear it has moments of flare ups.

April of this year I had to visit to A&E during the first lockdown with regards to my hormones!! This lockdown I will be having a operation to find out what is happening to my womb.

It was incredibly painful, traumatic and it came all of a sudden and was a big shock it really derailed me, physically and emotionally.

After trying various forms of HRT, last year I was fitted with a HRT implant. It appeared to be working for a short time.

I had taken a break from HRT to reset my body as advised by my Consultant.

This was manageable, albeit with some minor symptoms. It was just before the time that the first lockdown arrived that my insomnia and various other menopause symptoms reappeared. It was agreed that I should start with some HRT again. A regime of patches and a new progesterone that I had not tried before called Provera.

I then started with HRT and all seemed well, I could feel some improvement.

I felt good and I could feel a difference to my overall wellbeing.

Everything appeared normal, the spotting had stopped. After taking the progesterone, there was no bleeding. I simply put this down to having had so much spotting of blood previously that there was going to be no bleed caused by the progesterone for the month of April 2020.

A week or so after taking Provera, I suddenly became very cold, I could not get warm and became white in colour. The following day I was extremely tired and feeling out of sorts, not myself, but I put this down to the current lockdown environment of being stuck at home and the stress affecting me.

I was awoken during the early hours of the following morning with the most excruciating pain along the right side of my body that radiated down my right leg. The pain came in a crescendo of waves and was making me feel physically sick. I immediately took strong painkillers to ease the pain. This took some time to work and I then felt ok to carry on with my day as usual.

By mid morning around 11am I was unable to stand, talk or think the pain again came in waves of incredible pain. I called my Doctor to ask what was happening to me? I had never experienced so much pain and the bleeding which had now started was becoming very heavy.

My Doctor arranged painkillers and medication to help me with the pain and bleeding. I was exhausted and weak, I could not think straight, concentrate or move around. I remained in bed for three days. I was totally bed ridden by this sudden traumatic pain and heavy bleeding.

After four days the bleeding subsided as did the pain and I was starting to feel somewhat better. Later that day during a phone call to a friend, I became very teary and emotional. Very sudden and unlike me? After our conversation ended I stood up from the floor and there in front of me was a puddle of blood on the floor. I had started to bleed and had soaked through my underwear, sanitary ware and clothes.

I immediately went to the bathroom to change, at this stage I passed a large clot which then put me into a state of shock. What was happening to me?

Thankfully my friend called be back to check in on me as it was very unlike me to get so teary. Once I told her what had happened she told me to call 111 straight away.

After talking to the Nurse during my phone call with 111 I was advised to go straight to my local A&E dept. I could not make sense of what was happening to me at all. I was coping ok the best that I could considering lockdown and in the midst of the pandemic. How could my hormones be doing this to me now?

I felt so dreadful that I knew I had to go to hospital to be checked over. It was a very strange journey as I was not sure if I was going to be kept in hospital, if I needed an operation if I would come out of hospital? What if I caught coronavirus? How could my body be doing this to me at this time.

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Management has been in the form of changing my diet to a plant base lifestyle and with a huge detox of products, deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel and hair products. No caffeine since May!

Self care and listening to my body. Thankfully no more pain as before but the bleeding still is present and can be so tiring.

I gave up alcohol for 6 weeks during the summer which helped and now I only drink one or two glasses of wine during the weekend. Which is nothing that excessive. Sugar and processed carbs were the trickiest to give up.

I also made a decision to stop my HRT as I noticed there was a cycle of pain, then bleeding and as soon as I stopped with HRT the pain eased. mixture of diet and lifestyle, At present the pain has not returned, but I know now what to expect and what to do.

I have found a very helpful Facebook Groups of a wide range of adenomyosis fighters and endometriosis warriors who are all facing their own battle daily with these chronic diseases.

I have also discovered a fantastic surgeon who is dedicated and committed to helping women with Adenomyosis and Endometriosis, he is based in New York. Dr Vidali can be reached through social media and he has a You Tube channel, which I have added his video below for you to watch and discover more about the illness and what treatments are available.

I would like to raise more awareness for women to gain the correct treatment and support to help with being diagnosed with Adenomyosis.

April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month — The Endometriosis Network Canada
Credit The Endometriosis Network – Canada

Symptoms as a result of having adenomyosis may include:

  • Low iron and anaemia
  • Severe menstruation cramps
  • abdominal pain
  • lower back pain
  • pain during intercourse
  • pelvic pain
  • pain radiating down legs
  • pains/aches muscles
  • abodiminal pressure
  • bloating/swelling
  • enlarged uterus
  • ovulation pain
  • heavy menstrual bleeding
  • prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • blood clots
  • spotting between periods
  • difficulties passing urine
  • passing urine frequently
  • sudden urge to urinate
  • irregular bowel movement
  • painful bowel movements
  • constipation
  • diarrohea
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • infertility
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • low quality of life

Some women may experience all symptoms or a variation. Endometriosis, adhesions and fibroids may also be present with adenomyosis. Ensure that you are checked for these conditions if you suspect you may have Adenomyosis.

Treatment for Adenomyosis –

Progesterone releasing Intrauterine device IUD – Mirena – thinning of the endometrium. A reduction in the size of the uterus. Reducing bleeding and pain during intercourse.

GnRH – an artifical hormone used to prevent natural ovulation. Thinning of the endometrium, a reduction in size of the uterus. Creating a temporary menopause and stopping periods.

Hysterectomy – complete removal of the uterus and adenomyosis.

PeriMenoPost last Sunday evening joined Endometriosis South Coast, Founder Jodie Hughes for a Facebook LIVE conversation surrounding endometriosis and adenomyosis. Head over to our Facebook page to watch.https://www.facebook.com/Perimenopost

PeriMenoPost is not medically trained, please seek medical expert help if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms.Credit – Dr Vidali – @endometriosis_surgeon Instagram / @Drvidali – Twitter / Andrea Vidali MD Facebook

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Find out how Pilates can help you through the stages of perimenopause and menopause?

A great form of exercise for reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, strengthening bones, flexibility. Working your core muscles and engaging your pelvic floor, which is very important to strengthen throughout these stages with the lowering oestrogen levels the pelvic floor becomes weaker.

Come along and join in a class and give it a try for yourself!

Classes taught online via zoom in the comfort of your own home.

First two classes are free sign up today for more information hello@perimenopost.com

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#WorldMentalHealthDay 2020 Menopause Survival Guide

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The past week and during the weekend has raised more awareness for #WorldMentalHealthDay2020. A much needed conversation to take place and creating a presence within social media. Opening up discussions to ensure that we are talking about our mental health needs how important our mental health and how to support one another during these times.

This year our mental health has been affected in many ways; from the lack of human connection, missing everyday conversations, our worries for the future, our survival, wellbeing and health concerns for our families and friends.

Many women have also experienced an increase of their menopause symptoms. The added stress and anxieties can also affect your symptoms on top of this already incredibly stressful time.

The lowering levels of oestrogen during the stages of perimenopause/menopause can result in feelings of;

  • low moods.
  • sudden rage.
  • fatigue.
  • overwhelm.
  • anxiety.
  • palpitations.

Try to grab some fresh air each day, take a scenic walk in nature and plug yourselves into an empowering or calming podcast. Lose yourself in nature, focus on breathing and create some time for you to practice self care and to ease your mind. Seek medical expert help if you are experiencing serious symptoms and talk to a good friend, your partner or a helpline dedicated to helping mental health.

We are pleased to feature Ros Thompson, https://remediesbyros.com/ A Bach Flower Practitioner, Reflexologist and Reiki Master.

A previous PeriMenoPost Podcast guest. Ros has kindly written an article to share with you meno’s, here inside this week’s blog.

PeriMenoPost would like to endorse Ros Thompson’s remedies, tried and tested!!!!!

They really do help!!!

I found my remedy particularly helpful whilst avoiding HRT during Covid-19. Ros provides a 1:1 consultation with you and prepares a bespoke remedy just for you, to help you with your exact needs!

All sent to you in the post and you also receive a follow up call.

A dedicated and fantastic service!!

Ros has explained the specific flowers and how they can help you with emotions and symptoms during the rocky rollercoaster ride of all stages of menopause. Ros shares her own journey and has great advice and wisdom to offer to you. Enjoy, Meno’s!!!

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Bach Flower Remedies and the Menopause – how they can help!

I am a Bach Flower Practitioner – for those of you who are unaware of these remedies – you may have heard of Rescue Remedy, this is frequently used for shock and trauma and widely available on the high street, the little known fact is that there are another 38 remedies all of which can help to relieve the negative emotions and feelings that we feel throughout our lifes

Covid 19 and the lockdown brought a shortage of HRT products that were available to those women who were in a lot ways totally dependent on them just to get through the day.  Through the networking that I did back at the beginning of lockdown I discovered how many there were problems with menopausal symptoms and also how many women were looking to find alternative ways of dealing with this natural phenomenon.

I personally experienced the menopause at 33 (30 years ago) after many years of ovarian cysts and emergency surgery for the cysts that had burst.  At the time little was known about alternative treatments and I was supplied with HRT as a matter of course, I didn’t even question it. I have to say I felt amazing and 100% better.  However, 6 months later following a check up it was found that I had the developed breast lumps and sadly breast cancer as well.  Off the HRT I came and down the slippery slope I went.  Cut a long story very short – I came through and was fine but sadly am now suffering from osteopenia as a result of poor bone density and lack of advice and information. 

The feelings and experiences of women vary dramatically but within this article I am going to be giving a generalised overview of the remedies that I would recommend to help you through – naturally totally dependent on your personal feelings and situation.  Also, some general suggestions as to what you can do to help yourself and things to ask your GP.

First and foremost if you are looking to avoid HRT I would suggest you look at the supplements that are important to you, Black Cohosh is renowned for helping with hot flushes but give it time to work.  One month will not be sufficient.  Find yourself a good supply of Fish Oil – either through a diet of oily fish 9 at least 3 portions per week, or through supplement – linseed can also help as well.  Look at your levels of Vitamin D as well as these can help hugely with bone density but take advice from your GP as well to avoid other complications.

Relating to your emotions the remedies I have to offer are as follows: –

Walnut – is our key remedy to help with your way through the menopausal time, this remedy will help protect you from the emotional feelings that this period produces, it is a great leveller and will protect your emotions from outside influences.

Impatiens – very often the menopause can cause huge frustration and irritation within you – little things created within the family home can become mountains and result in major upset – Impatiens will free you from this.

Holly – the anger that can often occur and results from menopausal symptoms – holly will allow you to maintain a calm and peaceful attitude and generally feel much better about all going on around you.

Star of Bethlehem – this is a remedy for shock or trauma and is very useful where the menopause is early in life and for some women it can leave them feeling devastated and this beautiful remedy can just simply restore your sense of calm.

Mimulus – fear of the known – this may seem odd but if you are struggling to come to terms with your diagnosis, some women actually resent it and they are frightened as it signals to them old age and they find this very difficult to manage. Here Mimulus is a hugely beneficial remedy – to help you find the courage to move forward and face this new phase in your life.

Larch – a remedy for confidence – some women find that this time reduces them to complete emotional wrecks, this beautiful remedy is there for you to restore your self esteem and allow you accept the fact that you can do all that you need and want to do.

The above is just a brief summary of some of the remedies that are key for your possible symptoms – there are 38 in total and amongst them I am sure we can find something to make your life better – one step at a time.

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You can listen our recent podcast with Ros Thompson – season 2 episode 5.

We discuss the powerful benefits of Bach flower remedies. Her personal journey of menopause and surgery for a hysterectomy, whilst running a home with small children and building her corporate career.

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MZ- Michelle Zelli https://michellezelli.com/

In our latest podcast I talk with the fabulous Michelle Zelli, a PeriMenoPost Member, a well renowned London life coach. Packing a punch with her inspiration, wisdom, intuition and her personal menopause journey. Offering her top tips and motivation for helping you through perimenopause and menopause. Grab your earphones Menos!

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PeriMenoPost Podcast – Season 2 Episode 10 -Julie Conlan, Founder Secret Whispers – Kegels kit.-PeriMenoPost

PeriMenoPost is talking to Julie Conlan, Founder of multi award winning Secret Whispers – kegel kit. A PeriMenoPost Member and fellow #SBS Winner.  Join us as discuss all things pelvic floor and how important it is to connect with your pelvic floor before menopause arrives. Julie was horrified to learn that women are led to believe it is “normal” to cross their legs when they laugh or sneeze.  That urine incontinence after childbirth is almost expected is challenging the message of multi-national companies, profiting from the sale of incontinence pads, that bladder weakness is normal. Dedicated and a passionate to dramatically reduce the current statistics of 50% of women who suffer from incontinence with providing education and support on the importance of Kegel exercises. Secret Whispers is a women’s healthcare company and has been named top 100 trail blazing small business in UK Winner and was invited to the House of Lords!  Julie is also a keen supporter of the charity Sling the Mesh and proceeds from the sale of the Kegel kits go to the charity to help women who are experiencing pain and incontinence support. To order your very own set of Kegels, PeriMenoPost followers can use a discount code – PERIMENOPOST12  Use the code when ordering to receive a 12% discount code. As we enter another lockdown, take some time for yourself and unwind.  Discover more about pelvic floor health and join in our conversation to #UndoTheMenoTaboo If you would like to contact Julie you can reach her at the following links or via PeriMenoPost.com  https://www.facebook.com/SecretWhispersUK/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/PelvicFloorAndCoreHealthWithSecretWhispers/ https://www.instagram.com/secretwhispersuk/ www.secretwhispers.co.uk support@secretwhispers.co.ukAudio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.

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  1. PeriMenoPost Podcast – Season 2 Episode 10 -Julie Conlan, Founder Secret Whispers – Kegels kit.
  2. PeriMenoPost Podcasts – Season 2 – Episode 9. Fiona Catchpole, Founder The Menopause Directory & #AskCyberGran
  3. PeriMenoPost Podcast – Season 2 Episode 8 – Amanda Thebe, Fitness Trainer, Blogger and Author Menopocalypse – FitnChips.com
  4. PeriMenoPost Podcasts – S2 Ep 7 Sara Witter, Counsellor & Psychotherapist – @counselling_heart_and_soul – Early menopause
  5. PeriMenoPost Podcast – Season 2 Episode 6 – Michelle Zelli – Coach

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PeriMenopost launched 2020 Menopause Survival Guide with PeriMenoPost Member – Michelle Zelli over at the gram.

An evening of cocktails, kombucha’s and conversations surrounding Menopause. The importance of acceptance, wisdom and the power of the sentence NO!

How important self-care is during the changes that occur during these hormonal changes. We discussed the changes before and after puberty, after childbirth. The stage of a woman’s life of perimenopause and menopause, that it is a time of discovery and how to power your way through!

Michelle shared her own personal experience of the rocky rollercoaster ride of menopause. How she coped, full of all her top tips and advice.

Explaining that this stage of life is the most exciting adventure and how to own it!

We will be running a series of 2020 MENOPAUSE SURVIVAL GUIDES from now until the end of 2020. Sharing our tips and advice to help you survive the rest of this year with your mind and body in a stronger way of coping and helping you to surviveCatch up – 2020 MENOPAUSE SURIVIVAL GUIDE WITH PERIMENOPOST AND MICHELLE ZELLI IGTV /YOUTUBE Add block

HRT – all you need to know Wednesday 14th Oct 1pm Instagram LIVE – Join us!

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PeriMenoPost recently held an Instagram LIVE with our PMP business club Member; Mr Vikram Talauliker, Menopause Clinic, London.

Mr Vikram Talauliker explained the symptoms of perimenopause. The varying length of time it can take for some women, from the stages of perimenopause to entering into menopause.

Emphasising that you need to assess your quality of life and how important your needs are, all to be taken into consideration prior to taking HRT.

We also discussed early menopause and taking HRT treatment is safe to do so for an early menopause, the health benefits ensure you are giving your body the best treatment possible.

Helpful advice of how to gain a referral from your GP to ask to see a menopause specialist.

As a menopause specialist and certified trainer Mr Vikram Talaulikar explained how at this current time the British Menopause Society are making the necessary changes needed for GP’s to help women with menopause. This is much welcomed news and provides assurance that menopause is being given the attention it is currently in need of.

We touched on different forms of the forms of HRT, we will be discussing this in more depth at our next upcoming LIVE. The first of may LIVES with Menopause Clinic, London.

We will be LIVE at the gram on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 1pm talking with Mr Vikram Talauliker, of Menopause Clinic, London.

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You can ask your HRT related questions and we will answer your questions to help you.

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Founder Julie Conlan, a busy mum, a fitness and health enthusiast who is passionate and determined to help women regain their pelvic floor health. #dontforgetyourpelvicfloor

Her mission is to reduce the current statistics of women who suffer from incontinence providing education and support.

We are looking forward to discovering more of Julie’s top tips and advice to share with our PeriMenoPost followers.

#PMPHour – your very own Twitter Hour dedicated to all stages of Menopause. Thursday evenings 6.30pm – come along and say hi!

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Sunday 18th October 2020 will be #WorldMenopause day. There will be plenty of fabulous events including PeriMenoPost events all day over at Instagram. Keep posted of our events on PeriMenoPost social media posts, plenty of exciting talks and a new “service” launch for PeriMenoPost!!

If you would like to be a guest speaker within PeriMenoPost Podcasts, we would love to hear from you – please email hello@perimenopost.com

Have a super week Meno’s, stay on track, stay calm and say NO!

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Welcome to the 49 Club

49 It’s just a number?

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Having just recently turned 49, this number had become uncomfortable.

Perhaps it is another reminder of one’s ageing on top of the rocky roller coaster ride through midlife managing those “Menopause symptoms”

Since my birthday, I am surprised that it is a whole new feeling!!

A sort of power surge.

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This past year has been a great year for myself personally, albeit under difficult circumstances during corona virus, it has been a strange time.

Upon reflection I have been very fortunate to experience an achievement just prior to lockdown.

Looking back, 48 was in fact a good year, I remained determined to try my best with my health, fitness. Building both of my businesses – PeriMenoPost and Lorna Ive Media.

Life was fun, busy, family and my great group of friends.

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At the age of 48 I applied to enter the first ever Ms Great Britain 2020!

This was the highlight of the year for me, it was the best experience of my life!!

I was completely out of my comfort zone but boy am I glad I did it!!

I had applied to the most famous pageant contest in the UK and I had casually told myself,” you’re too old to gain a place” I did not expect at all to be considered, mainly because of my age. Which I know is wrong but in the midst of midlife and menopause it can affect a woman’s confidence and self esteem.

It was during Christmas 2019 that I had the fantastic news that I had indeed been chosen as a finalist!!

I was full of excitement and was overjoyed!!

Suddenly I became incredibly anxious, how was I going to do this!

A complete novice in the world of pageantry.

How was I going to complete the catwalk, swimwear rounds and being on stage. I was completely terrified!

The team at Miss Great Britain, were fantastic with their support and positivity!! They were great at making me realise that I could achieve this and what an amazing feeling and achievement it would be afterwards, they were correct!

Looking back now it helped that the finals came around so quickly, I became so busy with preparations and the excitement that the nerves disappeared somewhat as the final approached.

As a complete beginner in the world of pageantry contests, a nervous novice. I did not know what to expect. I had no reason to be nervous as I was welcomed into the pageant family with such warmth and kindness, truly inspiring, young women who made me feel welcome and accepted. Within the group I can honestly say my age did not hinder me or isolate me in any way. I found the experience incredibly liberating and such a confidence giving boost which was great for my self esteem!

Why had I not entered before?

The finals took place within weeks prior of lockdown in February 2020 and held at the Athena Theatre in Leicester.

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I will never forget my experience of that first night with all the pageant girls, so friendly and confident! Spray tans, hair, make up, sore feet as I hardly wear high heels! Rehearsing, dancing, catwalk and meeting a fantastic group of young women who have now become close friends.

Jen Atkin and April Banbury were crowned this year’s queens and deservedly so, they are such beautiful young women!

It was all throughly worth it!

I would do it all over again, I am completely hooked to the pageant way of life and looking forward to meeting the pageant famalam once it is safe to do so!

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I wanted to show that midlife and menopause does not have to define you, a role model to show that you can take those opportunities that come along in life and live life to the full!

I am so pleased I took the plunge and the boost to my confidence and self esteem was fantastic, the experience will remain with me forever!

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Season two is nearly completed with some exciting guests discussing the ups and downs of midlife and menopause. Stay tuned for season two.

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Being Mindful with diet can help to manage menopause symptoms. Can CBD Oil help with hangover?

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Have you found yourself saying no to certain foods and alcohol? Join the club!

Have you noticed when you have had that takeaway, that seemed inviting at the time but then disagrees with you during the early hours of the morning? A night of disturbed sleep and feeling awful the next morning? Ringing any bells yet?

Let’s add alcohol to the mix too, those glasses of wine that again seemed a really good idea at the time but then you find yourself wide awake from 2am and cannot get back to sleep, does any of this sound familiar?

During the day has your appetite fluctuated? Suddenly you can be ravenously hungry and then not the next? Then you find it’s all too easy to fall into bad snacking habits. This all happened to me, at a time when I had no idea that I was Perimenopausal. I could not understand what was happening to me if I am honest.

Once you know that it is your hormones that are affecting you in this way, it seems to be easier to manage. I have had to change my diet habits and so far it has worked for me. I make better choices now when it comes to food at home and ordering food whilst out. Now and again the odd takeaway, then I will order something light to eat. I am not perfect 100% of the time, but then who is? I just try to be more careful and manage what I can and cannot eat. I definitely feel so much better for eating more carefully now. During this change when your body is going through such a lot of transition it is so important that your body is in good shape and why not? Eating healthy is much better for us and we want to enjoy our next stage! Right?

Personally, I have found that a varied diet of eating lean meat, fish with fresh vegetables and salads with small amounts of pasta or carbohydrates works best for me. Red meat only once a week, alcohol limiting to just the weekend, the odd 1 or 2 glasses of wine or a cheeky G&T.

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For more helpful advice on Healthy Menopause Eating click on Liz Earle’s link below https://lizearlewellbeing.com/healthy-menopause-foods-help-menopause/

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More Healthy Menopause advice from Dr Marilyn Glenville. Click on the link below:

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Can CBD help with a hangover?

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Over the festive session the chance of having one to many drinks can increase, and this year will be no exception. We may not be going out, but I, like many do enjoy a drink in the comfort of my own home, and we all know that home measures can often be more generous than the ones in the pub, well, I know mine are. 

Okay, so you have indulged just a little bit too much, you wake in the morning with beer fear, your mouth is as dry as the Sahara Desert, you have a banging headache, you feel sick, and to top it all off, your anxiety is peaking.

We all have our tried and trusted methods to help combat the inevitable hangover from hell, my own personal remedies include a pint of electrolytes, a load of carbs, and shot of CBD.  Since using CBD as part of my recovery, I have found that my hangover improves much quicker, so it got me thinking and then researching. Can CBD help with hangover symptoms?

Can CBD help with your Headaches?

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A headache from too much alcohol can range from a dull ache to a vice like grip, and dehydration is usually one of the main reasons for your headache. Your body is working overtime to flush out the alcohol and this usually leaves you chronically dehydrated. I think everyone knows that feeling of reaching for a glass of water in the morning after a few drinks the night before, but, did you know, that by adding in a few drops of  water soluble CBD to your drink, it might just provide the perfect combination to rehydrate and help ease that nagging headache.

Many studies have shown the positive effect of CBD on headaches or migraines, this is due to the anti-inflammatory properties, which is useful in helping reduce any kind of pain including head pain, often associated with hangover headaches.  If you would like to read, click the link >> can CBD help migraine and headaches?

Can CBD help with Nausea?

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When you consume alcohol, enzymes in your liver break down the alcohol into acetaldehyde, if these levels become too high, your liver will be unable to cope, and can react by making you sick. Alcohol can also irritate the stomach wall causing inflammation which can often making you feel nauseous.

In studies CBD has shown to help relive nausea and help reduce inflation which is why it may help your hangover.

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CBD and Anxiety

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There have been many studies that show strong evidence that CBD can help in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (O.C.D), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D).  Read full article here>> CBD to help anxiety

Taking CBD can help with your anxiety after drink, it really could make it a valuable hangover remedy.

Conclusion

I am not suggesting that CBD is the solution to end all hangovers (I wish it was), but it may provide a helping hand in reducing some of the symptoms often associated with a hangover and the speed in which you feel better.

Continue to drink plenty of water, eat nutritious food, and taking a few drops of CBD may just do the trick. So, if this Christmas you overindulge a little, maybe think about adding some CBD to your hangover cure toolbox.

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Karen Lingard is a PeriMenoPost follower.

Karen would like to share her story with you to help other women by talking about the words “perimenopause and menopause”

Karen Lingard

Karens real life menopause journey, told by Karen, herself.

My journey began a couple of years ago, I started to put on some weight and was then not able to lose it. I noticed I was sweating more, than the usual. I never thought this had anything to do with menopause, I still felt far too young.  I am 51 years old now, I feel that this age is a blessing. I began to hide my age and I didn’t really want to admit to getting older. Last year I started to feel that something was not right, upon the left side of my tummy, a slight swelling appeared. I was also experiencing really bad acid reflux which was making me feel quite nauseous a lot of the time.

I was always tired, with no energy. I knew something was wrong but didn’t know what it could be. I kept visiting my Doctor but they insisted it was acid reflux. A blood test revealed that I was anaemic due to the heavy periods I had endured. Having had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, I still felt unwell. My lower back and my joints were burning and were very painful, my Doctor sent me to have x rays and ct scans, just to be sure that there was nothing sinister happening. During this point, I became quite anxious I became convinced that it was something sinister as I knew my own body. I was given anxiety tablets from my doctor. I had never experienced anxiety before, I had never suffered with stress. I just knew there was something more. 

I could not eat fatty foods, this would make me feel sick, my joints became painful and with a burning sensation. It was affecting my quality of life, work and my family life. I decided to pay privately for more scans and tests. My results showed that I was suffering from endometriosis and that I was in fact perimenopausal. Once treated for endometriosis, I began my own research of how to manage perimenopause. After reading Meg Matthews website, it seemed to mirror my own personal experience. During those four months, I had a feeling that I was going mad. I laugh now with friends about my A&E trips as I genuinely believed something was seriously wrong with me. I’m usually a rational person, but it seemed to take over my life. I manage my symptoms with taking regular vitamins to help, such as 3000mg of evening primrose per day, magnesium, cod liver oil, vitamins, vitamin D and calcium. Eating a healthy diet helps, ensuring that I eat all the right foods. I manage my symptoms with plenty of regular exercise and looking after my health and well being.  

A big thank you to Karen Lingard, for sharing her personal journey of endometriosis and perimenopause. We can relate with Karen’s story with many doctor trips, A&E and interestingly diet too was a factor. If you are experiencing symptoms, NICE guidelines online gives a guide on menopause to help you.

PeriMenoPost will now be featuring every week within our blog a real life interview with one of our cherished followers. A bit of fun, embracing and accepting a positive attitude towards menopause and spreading the word that it’s ok and normal to discuss menopause.

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Karen Lingard

PeriMenoPost 60 Second interview with real life

#Menowarriors – Karen Lingard

1) Best Part of menopause?

Able to understand, talk and accept my coming to terms with menopause.

2) Tell us your best #Menomoment?

My funniest #Menomoment, upon reflection and which I now laugh about has to be the trips to A&E .  Friends joke, telling me that I am barred from A&E!

3) What has been the worst part of your menopause?

The bloating and change to my body.

4) Have you taken the NHS or Private Health route to treat your menopause?

Initially self funding privately, I am now treated within NHS.

5) Have you been supported within your workplace?

Yes. 

6) HRT or natural/alternative treatment for Menopause?

Natural.  

7) What advice would you give to a younger you, prior to Perimenopause and Menopause?

Information and awareness would have helped me during this time, as I felt I was in the dark.

8) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Same, I’m now in a much happier, healthier place.

9) Who would you like to give a shout out – a mention too? Who has been supportive and instrumental in helping you through menopause?

Finding Meg Matthews website, http://www.megsmenopause.com – I stumbled upon her Instagram page. Bupa healthcare were very helpful.

10)Who is your favourite #Menowarrior?

Meg Matthews 

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