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.
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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
097 - Trying to right 20 years of misinformation and hysteria about HRT - Professor Rob Langer and Dr Louise Newson
Dr Newson speaks with Professor Robert Langer in this episode. Robert Langer is Professor Emeritus in Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California in San Diego. He was also an investigator of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Study. Together, they discuss how the WHI Study from 2002 turned the world upside down for women and how they have both been trying to right it ever since.
Professor Langer describes in detail what was understood about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy before the WHI study, how the notorious study came about and why it was finished prematurely and so badly misreported in the media. His unique account of how the events unfolded helps listeners to understand the bigger picture of why healthcare professionals and women remain unaware of the benefits of HRT and are often overly cautious of the perceived risks to this day.
Professor Langer's 3 top tips are:
1. All of the evidence shows that for women who are within 10 years of their menopause, or under the age of 60, if she has reason to take HRT, there is absolutely no need to be concerned about HRT. For these women the benefits strongly outweigh the risks.
2. There's no reason to stop taking HRT at any age, if you've been taking it from the time of your perimenopause or within 10 years of your menopause.
3. With a knowledgeable practitioner, there's no reason that a woman who is past her menopause or over 60, can't start taking HRT, as long as the clinician is aware of how to start slowly and get hormone levels to the right point.
096 - I have taken HRT for nearly 50 years and won't ever stop it - Kay Anderson and Dr Louise Newson
Dr Newson has a fascinating conversation with Kay Anderson, a woman in her 80s who began taking HRT after a hysterectomy in 1972, when she was only 36. Kay remembers the frightening and devastating depression that suddenly engulfed her, as a mum with 3 young children, and how her gynaecologist agreed to use her as a 'guinea pig' and let her have some HRT.
They discuss the different types of HRT that Kay has taken and prescribing trends over the last 50 years, and Dr Newson explains how safe modern types of estrogen is through the skin, and how it can protect the health of your heart, bones and mind as you age. Kay has been the only one of her friends to take HRT and is also the only one who doesn't have to take any other medications!
Kay's top 3 tips:
See another doctor if they won't give you HRT or try and make you stop taking it.
Don't feel pressured to stop taking it, because if you do you will probably be right back where you started.
Tell your friends and family what you want, so they can support you to get the right help for you.
095 - The Lorraine effect: menopause in the public eye. Lorraine Kelly and Dr Louise Newson
Lorraine Kelly joins Dr Louise Newson in this podcast episode and they discuss their shared experience of talking about the menopause on that infamous couch!
Lorraine talks openly about her own menopause and how treatment radically changed her work life, relationships, and emotional wellbeing. Every time menopause is discussed on Lorraine's show, they have an overwhelming response from women who are struggling with their symptoms and can't get the help they need.
Dr Newson outlines some of the ways she is trying to counteract the misinformation around HRT and general lack of awareness from the public and healthcare professionals. They discuss how attitudes are slowly changing around menopause and share their frustrations at the uphill battle they face in trying to get more help for more women.
Lorraine's top 3 tips for women who are thinking about getting help:
Get all the information you can and read up on everything you might need to know.
Don't be fobbed off when you go and try and get help. Remember you're doing it for you, to feel better, but you're also doing it for everyone that loves you.
If you're given HRT and you don't think it's working , don't give up, keep trying with it, or discuss changing the dose or type, it might take a while to find what suits you. Just go for it and be empowered.
Follow Lorraine on Instagram - @Lorrainekellysmith
094 Breast cancer treatments induced my menopause: what help is there now? - Caroline and Dr Louise Newson
Just before her 40th birthday, Caroline was given the unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer. The gruelling treatments brought on the menopause and she endured a miserable seven years as a 'functional wreck'. Nine years on, Caroline reflects on this experience.
093 The midlife method to losing weight and feeling great - Sam Rice and Dr Louise Newson
Food and health writer, Sam Rice joins Dr Louise Newson in this episode to discuss eating well in midlife. Sam tells of her unconventional route into nutrition and wellness, and how living in Bali inspired her to write the Midlife Kitchen with her good friend and best-selling author Mimi Spencer.
This pod cast is a life saver for woman who are not being listened to. It’s empowering, fact based and informative. Even if you think you know about peri menopause and menopause, this will clarify and educate you. Listen to all of them !