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The podcast helping women receive unbiased, evidence-based and holistic advice and treatment for their perimenopause and menopause

    034 Menopause Taboo in Women from Different Ethnic Groups - Dr Nighat Arif & Dr Louise Newson

    034 Menopause Taboo in Women from Different Ethnic Groups - Dr Nighat Arif & Dr Louise Newson

    Dr Nighat Arif is a GP with a specialist interest in women’s health, based in Buckinghamshire. In this week's podcast, Dr Nighat Arif talks openly with Dr Newson about her work educating and empowering women from different ethnic groups about the menopause. Many women from ethnic minorities think the menopause is a condition that only affects Caucasian women or it is a western phenomenon. However, it is well known that many women are experiencing symptoms such as pains in their bodies, “head to toe pain”, low mood and anxiety which are being misdiagnosed and inappropriately managed as these symptoms are not being linked to the menopause. Although language is often a barrier to consultations with a healthcare professional, there are also many cultural differences that need to be explored. Many women’s health issues, including the menopause, are kept “under the veil” and not spoken about. In this episode, Dr Newson and Dr Arif also talk about other taboo subjects such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and how that affects marital relationships in a conservative community. 
    Dr Nighat Arif offers three take home tips in Punjabi to help break down barriers and empower women from South Asian Communities to not accept their menopausal symptoms and suffer in silence.  
    Dr Nighat Arif's Three Top Tips:

    For all women, please keep a symptom diary. No symptom is silly and this is useful to your doctor during the 10-minute consultation.
    Never deny yourself treatment, there are always risks and benefits to every treatment and only your health and wellbeing will suffer if you don't seek help.
    Don't suffer in silence!

     

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    033 Bone Health, Osteoporosis & the Menopause - Professor David Reid & Dr Louise Newson

    033 Bone Health, Osteoporosis & the Menopause - Professor David Reid & Dr Louise Newson

    In this week's podcast, Dr Newson is joined by Professor David Reid, Consultant Rheumatologist and Osteoporosis Specialist at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Reid is also the Senior Medical Adviser and Fundraising Ambassador for the Royal Osteoporosis Bone Research Academy.
    Bone density reduces as our hormone levels lower, as a result of the perimenopause and menopause. Around one in three menopausal women will have a osteoporotic hip fracture so it is essential we are all thinking about ways of improving bone density and reducing future risk of developing osteoporosis. In this episode, Dr Newson and Professor Reid talk about what osteoporosis is, how to diagnose it and also ways of increasing our bone density. 
    Professor David Reid's Three Top Tips for Bone Health:
    For people in their 20s and 30s, don't worry too much about your bone health - take plenty of exercise and eat well, this is the best way to prevent any future problems.
    For women going through the menopause, now is the time to start thinking about your bones. Take preventative measures such as reducing your alcohol intake and stop smoking. Consider a DEXA scan to measure your bone density.
    For elderly people, try regular weight bearing exercise and get the required amount of Vitamin D and Calcium, be careful to ensure your home is safe from trip hazards that can result in fractures. 
    For more information on bone health during the menopause, take a look at:
    https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/menopause/lifestyle-for-healthy-bones-fact-sheet
    Newson Health Booklet - Bone Health and DEXA Scanning

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    032 Taking HRT Forever - Ann Newson & Dr Louise Newson

    032 Taking HRT Forever - Ann Newson & Dr Louise Newson

    In this week's podcast, Dr Louise Newson has an open discussion with her mother, Ann Newson, about her personal views regarding taking HRT. Over 30 years ago, Ann was experiencing symptoms of severe fatigue which were negatively affecting her ability at work, prompting her GP to give her a prescription for HRT. Ann was then told that she was going through “The Change” but had no idea what that meant! The menopause was never spoken about at that time and she was given no information about it. However, taking HRT gave Ann her life back and her energy levels vastly improved. Fast forward to today and Ann is delighted to have learnt so much about the menopause from her daughter, Louise. In this episode, Ann also explains how many of her friends have developed breast cancer over the years despite none of them taking HRT. She strongly feels that women should be given a choice regarding hormone therapy and how she plans to stay on her HRT forever! 
    Find out more here:
    https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/menopause/how-long-can-women-take-hrt-for  
    https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/menopause/to-take-or-not-to-take-that-is-the-question  

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    031 Pelvic Floor Health - Jane Simpson & Dr Louise Newson

    031 Pelvic Floor Health - Jane Simpson & Dr Louise Newson

    This week, Dr Newson is joined by Jane Simpson, a continence nurse specialist who works from The London Clinic in Harley Street. 
    In this episode, Jane and Dr Newson discuss all aspects of pelvic floor health relating to the menopause, including stress incontinence, an overactive bladder (key in the door syndrome!), vaginal dryness/atrophy, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation and the bowels and last but not least the pelvic floor and how menopause can affect our sex lives. 
    You can find Jane at www.thepelvicfloorbible.com and on Instagram @jane_thepelvicfloorbible.
    For more information see our video - Looking After Your Pelvic Floor
     

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    030 Early Menopause and POI - Dr Sarah Ball and Dr Louise Newson

    030 Early Menopause and POI - Dr Sarah Ball and Dr Louise Newson

    In this week's podcast, Dr Louise Newson is joined by Dr Sarah Ball, a GP with a special interest in the menopause. Together, they talk all about early menopause and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) which affects women under 45 years. In the UK, around one in 100 women under 40 experience an early menopause yet many of these women are not diagnosed nor do they receive evidence-based advice and treatment. It is essential that these women receive replacement hormones at least until the age of 51 (the average age of the menopause) unless there are medical contra-indications to taking hormones. Dr Newson and Dr Ball discuss the health risks of untreated early menopause and POI and also the different ways in which women can receive individualised help and treatment. 
    Take a look at these helpful links for more information:
    Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) - Fact Sheet
    Menopause and Me: A Guide for Younger Women

    • 34 min
    029 Life after Breast Cancer - Kirsty Lang and Dr Louise Newson

    029 Life after Breast Cancer - Kirsty Lang and Dr Louise Newson

    In this week's podcast, Dr Louise Newson is speaking to journalist Kirsty Lang about her experience with Breast Cancer and how life has been since her recovery. Together, they discuss the treatment that Kirsty received and the side-effects that she experienced from some of the medication, particularly those that blocked the effects of estrogen in her body. Kirsty talks openly about her menopausal symptoms relating to vaginal dryness and reduced libido and Dr Newson explains the effective treatment options available for these symptoms. They also talk about the differences between information given to men who have prostate cancer and women who have breast cancer. Men are usually given far more information than women, especially regarding the sexual problems that can arise during cancer treatment, and clearly this needs to change. 
    Click here to listen to Kirsty Lang talk about breast cancer in Liz Earle's weekly podcast.

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