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Menopause Matters
Let's Talk

The Menopause Matters; Let’s Talk Podcast

 

The podcast which we hope will become your go to for anything to do with the menopause & related topics.

Each episode will be packed with useful information & resources to help you make those more informed decisions. We will provide information you can trust with no flim flam or doom & gloom.

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Episode 1: Flipping Estrogen

In this introductory episode we chat through some of the basics about the menopause. Why there is such a range of symptoms & why we all have such differing experiences. We discuss diagnosis & blood tests and we touch on the variety of different symptoms associated with the menopause - which will be discussed in further episodes, alongside the many options available to cope with symptoms.

Useful links & resources: Women’s Health concern: www.womens-health-concern.org Menopause Matters : www.menopausematters.co.uk Let’s Talk Menopause : www.letstalkmenopause.co.uk NHS inform: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/womens-health The Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast is hosted by Dr Heather Currie MBE, founder of Menopause Matters & Ruth Devlin founder of Let’s Talk Menopause with Dr Becky Smithson. Heather is a gynaecologist with special interests in menopause, Premenstrual syndrome and cervical screening. She is a trustee and past chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), Co-editor of post Reproductive Health, the journal of the BMS, Clinical advisor to Scottish government for the Women’s Health Plan for Scotland, and founder and MD of Menopause Matters, set up in 2001. Ruth is a registered nurse, an educator, a reflexologist & has training in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is the founder & MD of Let’s Talk Menopause, set up in 2012 working & collaborating across all sectors. She published the book, Men…Let’s Talk Menopause. Becky is a GP, a Western Medical Acupuncturist, has training in cognitive behaviour therapy, is a clinical hypnotherapist and teaches advanced communication skills for health care professionals. Producer & audio engineer: Gregor Reid Episodes of the Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast will land every week during Series 1. Additional resources: •BMS : www.thebms.org.uk •NICE guidelines : www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23 •Jackie Lynch/Nutritionist : www.well-well-well.co.uk •Squeezy app : www.squeezyapp.com •Daisy Network : www.daisynetwork.org •The Eve Appeal : www.eveappeal.org.uk •Endometriosis UK : www.endometriosis-uk.org •The Royal Osteoporosis Society : theros.org.uk •PCOS : www.womens-health-concern.org/shop-items/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ •PMS: www.pms.org.uk/ •CBT self help guide : ‘Living Well Through The Menopause' & ‘Managing Hot flushes and Night sweats; A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the Menopause’ by Myra Hunter and Melanie Smith: https://tinyurl.com/bde7f86k

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Episode 2: Vasomotor symptoms - Hot Flushes & Night sweats.

We’re talking hot flushes & night sweats, also known as those vasomotor symptoms - but maybe you’re one of the lucky individuals who never experiences any of these, or you might have cold chills instead. 

We discuss why you can experience them in the first place, what options are available for you to help manage these symptoms, including what you can do yourselves to gain a better quality of life. 

Alas, there is no magic cure for any of these symptoms but there are definitely ways you can help to reduce the intensity & frequency of them.

There is our regular ‘Myth busting moment’ and…who would you call an expert?!

Useful links & resources: Women’s Health concern : www.womens-health-concern.org Menopause Matters : www.menopausematters.co.uk Let’s Talk Menopause : www.letstalkmenopause.co.uk Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ‘Living Well Through The Menopause' & ‘Managing Hot flushes and Night sweats; A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the Menopause’: https://tinyurl.com/y6z6jxje NHS inform: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/womens-health The Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast is hosted by Dr Heather Currie MBE, founder of Menopause Matters & Ruth Devlin founder of Let’s Talk Menopause. Heather is a gynaecologist with special interests in menopause, Premenstrual syndrome and cervical screening. She is a trustee and past chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), Co-editor of post Reproductive Health, the journal of the BMS, Clinical advisor to Scottish government for the Women’s Health Plan for Scotland, and founder and MD of Menopause Matters, set up in 2001. Ruth is a registered nurse, an educator, a reflexologist & has training in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is the founder & MD of Let’s Talk Menopause, set up in 2012 working & collaborating across all sectors. She published the book Men…Let’s Talk Menopause. Producer & audio engineer: Gregor Reid Episodes of the Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast will land every week during Series 1. Additional resources: •BMS : www.thebms.org.uk •NICE guidelines : www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23 •Jackie Lynch/Nutritionist : www.well-well-well.co.uk •Squeezy app : www.squeezyapp.com •Daisy Network : www.daisynetwork.org •The Eve Appeal : www.eveappeal.org.uk •Endometriosis UK : www.endometriosis-uk.org •The Royal Osteoporosis Society : theros.org.uk •PCOS : www.womens-health-concern.org/shop-items/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ •PMS: www.pms.org.uk/

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Episode 3: Joints pains and bone health.

We continue to take a holistic approach as we discuss the symptoms which are often surprising ones for many people when it comes to the menopause…those joints aches & pains, as well as thinking about your long term bone health.

We chat about the importance of preventative measures to take alongside the options available to cope with these symptoms.

Do we all need to take Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)…we start the conversation on this important topic and it’s only episode 3…to be continued!

What exercise is best and what’s all the fuss about magnesium?

There are a couple of bugbears along the way…there will definitely be more…and as always we ask that you share this information with your family, friends and colleagues of all ages.

Don't forget to swing by the Royal Osteoporosis Society website to do their osteoporosis check - will only take you a couple of minutes!

 

Useful links & resources: Women’s Health concern : www.womens-health-concern.org Menopause Matters : www.menopausematters.co.uk Let’s Talk Menopause : www.letstalkmenopause.co.uk Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ‘Living Well Through The Menopause' & ‘Managing Hot flushes and Night sweats; A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the Menopause’: https://tinyurl.com/y6z6jxje NHS inform: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/womens-health The Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast is hosted by Dr Heather Currie MBE, founder of Menopause Matters & Ruth Devlin founder of Let’s Talk Menopause. Heather is a gynaecologist with special interests in menopause, Premenstrual syndrome and cervical screening. She is a trustee and past chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), Co-editor of post Reproductive Health, the journal of the BMS, Clinical advisor to Scottish government for the Women’s Health Plan for Scotland, and founder and MD of Menopause Matters, set up in 2001. Ruth is a registered nurse, an educator, a reflexologist & has training in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is the founder & MD of Let’s Talk Menopause, set up in 2012 working & collaborating across all sectors. She published the book Men…Let’s Talk Menopause. Producer & audio engineer: Gregor Reid Episodes of the Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast will land every week during Series 1. Additional resources: •BMS : www.thebms.org.uk •NICE guidelines : www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23 •Jackie Lynch/Nutritionist : www.well-well-well.co.uk •Squeezy app : www.squeezyapp.com •Daisy Network : www.daisynetwork.org •The Eve Appeal : www.eveappeal.org.uk •Endometriosis UK : www.endometriosis-uk.org •The Royal Osteoporosis Society : theros.org.uk •PCOS : www.womens-health-concern.org/shop-items/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ •PMS: www.pms.org.uk/

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Episode 4: The Psychological & Emotional symptoms 

Thankfully there has been increased awareness about these symptoms in relation to the Menopause in recent years. They are incredibly common and can be some of the most debilitating symptoms that people will experience…but don’t forget, not everyone will experience these symptoms.

It can be challenging for some people to identify the cause of these symptoms, as it’s not always related to hormones - there can be many contributory factors.

We discuss the range of options which can help to manage these symptoms.

Is it right to take antidepressants, should you take HRT, is a combination acceptable?

We go through alternative options for you to consider, either on their own or in combination with the above, but remember taking an individualised approach is always important.

We also continue the conversation about HRT.

Useful links & resources: Women’s Health concern : www.womens-health-concern.org Menopause Matters : www.menopausematters.co.uk Let’s Talk Menopause : www.letstalkmenopause.co.uk Apps for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Catch It Other useful apps: Calm & Headspace Free online workbook: cogbtherapy.com/free-online-cbt-workbook CBT self help guide : ‘Living Well Through The Menopause' & ‘Managing Hot flushes and Night sweats; A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the Menopause’ by Myra Hunter and Melanie Smith: https://tinyurl.com/y6z6jxje In England you can self refer: www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-nhs-talking-therapies-service NHS inform: www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/womens-health The Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast is hosted by Dr Heather Currie MBE, founder of Menopause Matters & Ruth Devlin founder of Let’s Talk Menopause. Heather is a gynaecologist with special interests in menopause, Premenstrual syndrome and cervical screening. She is a trustee and past chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), Co-editor of post Reproductive Health, the journal of the BMS, Clinical advisor to Scottish government for the Women’s Health Plan for Scotland, and founder and MD of Menopause Matters, set up in 2001. Ruth is a registered nurse, an educator, a reflexologist & has training in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is the founder & MD of Let’s Talk Menopause, set up in 2012 working & collaborating across all sectors. She published the book Men…Let’s Talk Menopause. Producer & audio engineer: Gregor Reid Episodes of the Menopause Matters;Let’s Talk Podcast will land every week during Series 1. Additional resources: •BMS : www.thebms.org.uk •NICE guidelines : www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23 •Jackie Lynch/Nutritionist : www.well-well-well.co.uk •Squeezy app : www.squeezyapp.com •Daisy Network : www.daisynetwork.org •The Eve Appeal : www.eveappeal.org.uk •Endometriosis UK : www.endometriosis-uk.org •The Royal Osteoporosis Society : theros.org.uk •PCOS : www.womens-health-concern.org/shop-items/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ •PMS: www.pms.org.uk/

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