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Leading menopause expert and GP, and founder of The Menopause Charity and free menopause support app called balance, Dr Louise Newson, hosts the menopause and perimenopause information podcast, helping women receive unbiased, evidence-based, and holistic advice and treatment.

Every woman‘s experience of menopause is different and some may not find it a pleasurable or positive experience. Having menopause symptoms can really affect your life in a detrimental way and not enough women talk about their menopause. There is still much uncertainty about what the menopause means and how it can be managed and I hope my podcasts will empower you with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding any treatment and lifestyle changes, and helps you turn your menopause into a positive experience that doesn‘t negatively impact your life.

For the latest free, unbiased, evidence-based information and advice visit www.balance-menopause.com, formally known as My Menopause Doctor.

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Leading menopause expert and GP, and founder of The Menopause Charity and free menopause support app called balance, Dr Louise Newson, hosts the menopause and perimenopause information podcast, helping women receive unbiased, evidence-based, and holistic advice and treatment.

Every woman‘s experience of menopause is different and some may not find it a pleasurable or positive experience. Having menopause symptoms can really affect your life in a detrimental way and not enough women talk about their menopause. There is still much uncertainty about what the menopause means and how it can be managed and I hope my podcasts will empower you with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding any treatment and lifestyle changes, and helps you turn your menopause into a positive experience that doesn‘t negatively impact your life.

For the latest free, unbiased, evidence-based information and advice visit www.balance-menopause.com, formally known as My Menopause Doctor.

    170 - Recognising and reversing osteoporosis with Dr Taher Mahmud

    170 - Recognising and reversing osteoporosis with Dr Taher Mahmud

    Dr Taher Mahmud is a rheumatologist from London who has the ambitious plan of eradicating the bone weakening disease osteoporosis by 2040. Osteoporosis is a common disease, particularly for women around the time of the menopause, but with the right nutrition, exercise and hormone supplementation it is possible to prevent loss of bone tissue and even reverse osteoporosis if it has developed.

    The experts discuss this worldwide preventable problem and some common misconceptions about bones. The discussion covers the challenges of current healthcare systems in getting accurate information about your bone health and the importance of raising awareness of how preventable osteoporosis is to all individuals.

    Dr Mahmud’s tips:

    Take time for yourself, think about your body and your health and value it
    It is easy to diagnose osteoporosis and treat it, however…
    It is far better to learn about your bone health and do what you can to prevent osteoporosis
    To learn more about your own risk of osteoporosis, visit www.sticksandstones.org.uk

    Dr Mahmud is based at the London Osteoporosis Clinic, for more information visit www.londonosteoporosisclinic.com

    • 28 min
    169 - The unfair choice for elite female athletes with Janet Birkmyre

    169 - The unfair choice for elite female athletes with Janet Birkmyre

    Janet Birkmyre began her career racing as a track cyclist in her mid-30s and won her first elite medal at the age of 40. She went on to win three elite National Championship titles and multiple masters World and European titles.  Now at 55, Janet is continuing to improve her times and fitness, and she is a champion of women continuing to enjoy and excel at sport at any age.

    In this episode, the conversation covers Janet’s experience of perimenopause and menopause and taking HRT. As an elite athlete however, there are sanctions for Janet if she takes testosterone replacement as there are currently no exemptions to the regulations for therapeutic use in women, only for men. Janet shares her frustration at the unfair choice imposed on her of continuing with the sport she loves and excels in or replacing her low testosterone levels to help with her ongoing menopausal symptoms.

    Janet’s three positive steps to improve health through exercise:

    Enjoy being active – make it fun
    Exercise with a friend – you will motivate and encourage each other
    Don’t be self-conscious or compare yourself with others – we come in all wonderful shapes and sizes.
    So whatever you look like, whatever you’re wearing, be active and enjoy it!

    Follow Janet on Instagram @janbirkmyre_torq_track_cycling

    • 30 min
    168 - The facts and fiction about menopausal skin with Dr Sajjad Rajpar

    168 - The facts and fiction about menopausal skin with Dr Sajjad Rajpar

    Dermatologist, Dr Sajjad Rajpar makes his third visit to the podcast this week to separate the facts from the fiction about skin changes in perimenopause and menopause and debunk some of the messaging around recent skin products marketed for menopause.

    Dr Rajpar explains the importance of estrogen for skin and how HRT can prevent and heal damage to skin tissue such as leg ulcers, for example. The experts discuss the negative impact of skin product marketing on initially younger women and now menopausal women, and unpick some perceptions about what a ‘menopausal’ face cream will and won’t do for your skin.

    Dr Rajpar’s three tips for problematic skin:

    For dry and irritable skin, avoid foaming and detergent based cleansers and use very gentle cleansing products or even a moisturising lotion to wash with. They may not lather or bubble but they do adequately remove dirt from your skin.
    Use a good moisturiser once or twice a day, consider a lotion in the day as it is lighter and use a cream at night.
    There are creams containing active ingredients that don’t have to rob the bank. Look for ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and sunscreen.
    You can visit Dr Rajpar’s website here www.midlandskin.co.uk and follow him on social media @dr.rajpar_dermatologist on Instagram.

    • 33 min
    167 - The benefits of yoga (revisited) with Lucy Holtom

    167 - The benefits of yoga (revisited) with Lucy Holtom

    This week offers a chance to revisit a previous podcast conversation – or perhaps hear it for the first time. Lucy Holtom is an experienced Ashtanga yoga practitioner who has a particular passion for helping with women throughout all cycles of life whether it’s to help manage the fluctuation of hormones during menstruation, postnatal recovery, or perimenopause and postmenopause.  In this episode, Lucy and Louise discuss the different types of yoga, individual practices and the benefits they can bring. Lucy explains how her interest and experience in well woman yoga evolved and how she supports women in the perimenopause and menopause.

    Lucy’s 3 tips for those interested in trying yoga for the first time:

    If you want to try a class, look for recommendations from others and chat to different teachers to find what’s right for you.
    Wear comfortable clothing – you don’t need to spend money on new yoga outfits, just wear whatever you can move freely in.
    Go with an open mind and enjoy!
    Visit Lucy’s website at www.livingyouryoga.co.uk

    Follow Lucy on Instagram @xxlivingyouryogaxx

    This podcast episode was first released in October 2019

    • 31 min
    166 - Researching suicide in perimenopause and menopause with Dr Pooja Saini

    166 - Researching suicide in perimenopause and menopause with Dr Pooja Saini

    Dr Pooja Saini is a Chartered Psychologist and Reader in suicide and self-harm prevention based at Liverpool John Moores University. Her work has a particular focus in suicide prevention in primary care and developing community-based interventions for high-risk groups.

    Since connecting, Louise and Pooja have been discussing the impact of perimenopause and menopause on mood, mental health and suicide and the many research gaps and unanswered questions in this space. In this episode, Pooja explains more about what is known and unknown regarding the effect of hormones on suicidal thoughts and outlines the research plan for a PhD funded by Newson Health Research and Education.

    Pooja’s tips for those with suicidal thoughts:

    Early intervention is key; seek help as soon as you feel you are not yourself
    Change your habits to do more of what you really enjoy
    Talk to your loved ones, family and friends. Don’t try and hide or mask it.
    If you need support, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 for free from any phone or email them at jo@samaritans.org

    Pooja's Social Channels

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    Work Website

    Reference for BMJ article discussed:

    McCarthy M, Saini P, Nathan R, McIntyre J. Improve coding practices for patients in suicidal crisis. BMJ. 2021 Oct 15;375:n2480. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n2480. PMID: 34654729.

    • 29 min
    165 - When menopausal symptoms persist, with Dr Anna Chiles

    165 - When menopausal symptoms persist, with Dr Anna Chiles

    Dr Anna Chiles is a GP and works in an NHS practice in Gloucestershire and at Newson Health as a menopause specialist. In this episode, the experts discuss the range of symptoms that can occur in the perimenopause and menopause and the impact of these on daily life, and they highlight what can be done for women when symptoms persist for many years.

    Anna’s 3 tips for women who have struggled with symptoms for many years:

    It’s never too late to start HRT and have that discussion with your health practitioner. If you choose to try it, you don’t have to continue with it if you don’t like it.
    You don’t have to stop taking HRT when you reach a certain age
    It’s so important to keep active, for your independence, your balance, joints, and muscle strength. This goes hand in hand with hormone replacement.

    • 32 min

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