Menopause is hitting the headlines once more and discussions are taking place, this is fantastic news!!
However with many headlines regarding HRT shortages and last friday’s Lancet report findings, this has now plunged menopause into a yet another hot debate and causing much confusion, anxiety and frustration for many women. At a time for many menopausal women when they need supporting the most.
More information and assurance is needed to help ease minds that HRT for menopause is still ok to be used.
Before starting HRT your Doctor should always advise you of the risks that you need to consider before starting HRT. If your symptoms are debilitating and are affecting your quality of life, you need to decide and weigh up the pro’s and cons as to what is going to help you going forward to help you manage your menopause treatment. Alternative or HRT, each and everyone of us is different and not all menopause is the same for all women. You have to make the best decision that is going to work for you, a balanced and well advised decision will help you to feel that you are making a personal and well informed choice.
HRT has personally been very beneficial. Yes, I worry about the risks. But my quality of life was being affected greatly and being of a relatively younger age than the average menopause age of 51, I felt I needed the help. I would of tried anything to be honest, as I felt I could not of carried on as I was. Surviving on hardly any sleep and the long list of symptoms, fatigue and tiredness were the worst times.
When HRT works it is fantastic, you then only realise at just how much you had been suffering with such debilitating symptoms. I now have energy to exercise, a more healthy mindset. I noticed that my skin and hair had returned to a healthier appearance. Overall a sense of wellbeing and a zest for life returned.
My decision to take HRT was also to help prevent against a heart attack, or a stroke and importantly, due to a family history of osteopororisis.
I want to enjoy my life and have a better quality of life. No woman should have to live with debilitating menopause symptoms, there is treatment for women and all women should be able to have access to it.
If you missed the articles that have caused the debate and discussions we have attached them here for you to read through. If you are experiencing concerns and are worried please contact your Gp or menopause specialist and ask more questions regarding HRT.
The guardian newspaper article https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/29/breast-cancer-risk-from-using-hrt-is-twice-what-was-thought
Dr Louise Newson @my_menopausedoctor has advised through social media, press and TV that she will still be continuing with her hrt treatment for herself and that she feels that there is nothing to fear. We feel reassured by her balanced view and advice.
@my_menopausedoctor – Dr Louise Newson
Menopause Awareness Month
MENOPAUSE AWARENESS MONTH
September is Menopause awareness month and judging by the recent coverage on social media, the press and TV. We are pretty sure that more awareness will be available for women to help them find the right course of treatment to help them along their menopause journey. We will keep you posted of future events and information that may help you.
@menoandme are holding a menopause health and wellness event on the 21st of Sept in central London. To buy your tickets click on the link in the bio @menoandme on Instagram or www.menoandme.com
Jane Dowling and Dr Heather Currie will be speaking about a health initiative, menopause awareness, fundraising for charity in women.
All you need to do is bring your smile! Goody bags and raffle prizes, we have our ticket, Menos book yours today!!
Real life Meno 60 Seconds Interview
This weeks Real life meno 60 seconds interview guest is our competition winner @Emmapriceroberts – Congratulations and well done Emma!!!
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Emma Price Roberts would like to share her perimenopause story with you. Read Emma’s story…
I am a peri-menopausal 47 year old mum to three girls.
I Finally visited my Gp in april of this year, after experiencing a meltdown whilst at work.
I was suffering from relentless hot flushes and aching bones. I began to treat each symptom individually, until a friend mentioned to me “could it be the menopause?”
I arrived at the Gp surgery in a flood of tears. Luckily, my Doctor listened to my list of symptoms. She saved mine and my family’s sanity by prescribing HRT. I had to make an informed decision and decide my next step, even though my mum had suffered with breast cancer the benefits have definitely outweighed the risks!
Life isn’t perfect, as with HRT it takes time to settle and needs adjusting and I have had to increase my dose. I have also discovered that by taking CBD oil, this is helping me to manage my anxiety it is now so much better than it was.
Real life meno 60 seconds interview with Emma Price Roberts
PeriMenoPost 60 Second interview with real life #Menowarriors
Emma Price Roberts
1) Best Part of menopause?
Still looking for the best part of the menopause…..however having the support of wonderful groups on social media & meeting new friends has definitely been a positive! As too is the fact that I am now starting to look after myself rather than everyone else 😊
2) Tell us your best #Menomoment?
I can’t remember!! That sums it up completely!!
3) What has been the worst part of your menopause?
My worst symptom is the anxiety and the sense of being overwhelmed by everything. Waking up in the middle of the night with palpitations is scary, but with the help of CBD oils this is helping to ease this symptom.
4) Have you taken the NHS or Private Health route to treat your menopause?
NHS route – very supportive GP who is young enough to be my daughter!
5) Have you been supported within your workplace?
6) HRT or natural/alternative treatment for Menopause?
It was a difficult decision for me as my mum had breast cancer 14 yrs ago however after reviewing all of the data & talking to my GP I decided that for my own sanity ( & everyone else’s around me) I would start HRT. I am currently on Femoston 2/10……sweats have stopped & the aching joints however anxiety is still something that I struggle with. To help with that I am now taking CBD oil (my 17 yr old daughter was initially mortified until I explained everything!!!) & I find that this is my new BFF!!!
7) What advice would you give to a younger you prior to Perimenopause and Menopause?
8) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
‘You are not going crazy!!!!’
9) Who would you like to give a shout out – mention too? Who has been supportive and instrumental in helping you through menopause?
My friends have been so very supportive – they have been my sounding board & my therapist over the past year…….they were the ones who reassured me that I wasn’t going crazy & persuaded me to see my GP.
10)Who is your favourite #Menowarrior?
Meno and Me this fabulous lady gives me the inspiration to get out & about when some days I would rather sit on the sofa with a packet of hobnobs (although some days that is completely acceptable)…….I follow her on Twitter & Instagram too.
Thank you Emma for your story and taking part in this weeks real life meno 60 seconds interview.
This week brings September and a routine with children back to school and teenagers off to university.
The holiday season is now over and life returns back to some normality. The lovely weather returns, with bright sunny skies with a much needed cooler temperature, a deep sigh from all menos there! Possibly the best feeling walking on a bright, sunny, cooler september day when the crispy golden leaves start to fall, crunching beneath your feet. Helping you to appreciate and visualise the change of season, also a reminder that it’s time to wear layers!
The return of the hot and cold weather is back!!
What are your plans this week Menos?
Kick start your exercise plan?
Keep a symptom chart of how to manage your menopause symptoms?
Make an appointment to see your Gp to help you with menopause symptoms?
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Whatever your week brings menos make sure you have fun and smile!
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