The menopause & perimenopause information podcast helping women receive unbiased, evidence-based and holistic advice and treatment.
Your own experience of your menopause will be very different to other women’s. You may not be finding it a pleasurable or positive experience.
Having menopausal symptoms can really affect your life in a detrimental way. Not enough women talk about their menopause and there is still much uncertainty about what the menopause means and how it can be managed. I hope my podcasts help to empower you with necessary information to make informed decisions regarding any treatment you may take to help turn your menopause into a positive experience that does not negatively impact your life.
For the latest free, unbiased, evidence-based information and advice about menopause visit https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.
103 - Dr Radhika Vohra: When will women's health become a priority?
In this episode, Dr Louise Newson talks to GP and Trustee of The Menopause Charity, Dr Radhika Vohra. Radhika is a GP with a special interest in women's health, particularly the menopause and perimenopause. She is also an educator for GP trainees and other healthcare professionals.
Together they discuss the current landscape of menopause care in the UK, the poor profile menopause has in healthcare, training and research and the improved appetite professionals now have for more menopause education. Radhika shares her insights from a women's health perspective and hopes the work of The Menopause Charity will be a voice for everyone.
Radhika's 3 hopes for menopause across the globe:
1. Greater recognition of the impact of perimenopause and menopause on women's lives
2. More education for women and healthcare professionals alike
3. Better support for women and professionals working with menopausal women.
102 - Melanie Martins: Treat me like a patient but there's no 'one size fits all'
This episode features a very open and honest account from GP and Newson Health doctor, Melanie Martins. Mel was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and, after a further diagnosis and chemotherapy, found herself 'flung' into the menopause with very little warning or discussion with the health professionals caring for her at the time.
Dr Martins shares with Dr Louise Newson why she believes every woman's experience of breast cancer is unique to them and a 'one size fits all' approach must be avoided. She shares about her own quest for help with persistent and worsening genitourinary symptoms and the psychological process of navigating evidence and making a decision to take vaginal estrogen, when she had avoided contact with this hormone for years.
Dr Martin's 3 pieces of advice for women experiencing menopause after breast cancer are:
1. Read this booklet and listen to the podcasts on menopause doctor website: https://d2931px9t312xa.cloudfront.net/menopausedoctor/files/information/601/Been%20through%20breast%20cancer%20(with%20links).pdf
2. If you're troubled by vulval and vaginal symptoms, stop using soap or shower gel and use an emollient wash instead. You can buy this over the counter in any chemist. These symptoms tend to worsen over time, don't struggle on and get desperate, seek help for them. Vaginal estrogen is safe, it can be used in the long term, alongside HRT, or on it's own.
3. Find accurate information about menopause and treatments after breast cancer. And then make a decision that's right for you and you alone. You need to be at peace with that decision, and remember it's not set in stone forever. We can only make decisions based on the information we have and how we feel at the time, so don't look back with regret about what you did or didn't decide to do.
101 - Dorothy Byrne: Speaking out about the menopause at work
Dorothy Byrne is the Editor at Large at Channel 4 and was Head of News and Current Affairs for 17 years at the channel. In this podcast episode, she speaks with Dr Louise Newson about her own experience of speaking up about the menopause at work. Dorothy gave a MacTaggart lecture at the TV industry's biggest event of the year, The Edinburgh Television Festival, and received an overwhelming response for talking about the menopause in such a setting.(The lecture is available to watch in full on Edinburgh Television Festival's youtube channel).
100 - Reflecting on Dr Newson's and Dr Lewis' achievements for women
Newson Health celebrates its 100th podcast episode with the Clinical Director of Newson Health, Dr Rebecca Lewis. When Dr Louise Newson began these podcasts with the aim of reaching more women, she didn’t envisage doing more than 10 episodes, let alone 100!
In this emotional episode, Dr Lewis and Dr Newson reflect on their joint menopause mission to help women globally with the perimenopause and menopause, as they talk about how their worlds have dramatically changed from being GPs within the NHS, to owning and running the largest menopause clinic in the world.
099 - Kate Muir: I cannot let this happen to other people
Journalist and menopause activist, Kate Muir joins Dr Louise Newson in this podcast episode to discuss Kate's experience of her own menopause journey and what propelled her to make the Channel 4 documentary, Sex, Myths and Menopause.
Kate shares how she struggled to find the right information about her symptoms and HRT, and after an unsuccessful spell taking compounded bioidentical hormones, she was shocked to realise how little advice was out there and how limited healthcare professionals' knowledge is of up-to-date treatments. Kate thought if she, as an educated woman with an enquiring mind was fumbling in the dark, how much harder is it for other women from all walks of life to get the right menopause care and treatment?
Kate's 3 messages for listeners:
Body identical HRT saves your life, it saves your work, it saves your relationships, it makes your body work. It's fantastic.
The research on the long-term benefits of HRT is fascinating. If you're in a family with a history of osteoporosis, heart disease, or dementia, I would be paying very close attention to the evidence on the benefits of taking body identical HRT for your future health.
Tell your story. Every woman has a unique story to tell of their perimenopause or menopause. We need to talk about it more and more.
098 - Davina McCall: Making a menopause documentary left me in tears
Davina McCall makes a welcomed return appearance to the Newson Health podcast to discuss what she has learnt from making Channel 4's taboo-smashing documentary, 'Sex, Myths and Menopause'. Dr Newson and Davina discuss a broad range of topics such as the role of estrogen in our bodies, types of HRT, the huge need for more research, and the gaps in menopause care across the country.
If you listen to this episode when first released, please note Davina's documentary airs on Channel 4 on Wednesday 12th May at 9pm.
Davina's 3 reasons to watch her documentary:
Someone you love, someone you know, or someone you work with will be going through what this programme is about. You may end up with a much greater understanding of that person
If you're pro-women, in any way, there are ways you can get out there and make a noise for positive change.
You will be informed about something that half the nation will go through. Everybody should know about it
Dr. Louise Newson is an absolute hero for women today. I feel SO lucky to be guided by her as I enter my menopause. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I am so grateful.
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This podcast, website www.menopausedoctor.co.uk & related social media sites is giving women hope & verified information to take to their health care professionals. Quite simply, the information in these podcasts both transforms & saves lives.
I feel as though women who are in their 40’s onwards are being hugely discriminated against due to a lack of knowledge and care amongst many medical professionals and these podcasts are making huge steps in helping to change this, providing women with both knowledge and confidence to request appropriate care for what is in effect a hormone deficiency. Thank you.
Dr Louise Newson came into my orbit about 6 weeks ago via a friend who had visited her clinic. Fantastic information. Am now on HRT. I am a new woman! Superb podcasts. I am now better informed than most GP’s!