• Summary

  • Leading menopause expert and GP, and founder of The Menopause Charity, free menopause support app called balance and Newson Health Menopause Society, 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. Don‘t forget to tag #TheDrLouiseNewsonPodcast on socials when talking about the podcast!
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  • Sep 27 2022

    Content warning: This episode contains discussion of suicide

    Vanessa had always suffered with PMS and struggled with her mood and emotions after the birth of each of her children. After her fourth child was born, Vanessa’s mental health took a severe turn and she became suicidal. When her husband intervened and insisted she received specialist care, a psychiatrist realised how unwell Vanessa was and this was the beginning of an eighteen year journey of taking medication and receiving mental health support, including spells of inpatient care. It was all Vanessa could do to wake up every day and look after her children. Vanessa had wondered whether her mood was linked to her hormones as she would have 2 good weeks in every month before two bad weeks would inevitably creep in. In more recent years, friends persuaded her to see a menopause specialist and begin topping up her declining hormones and, as Vanessa explains, this has been lifechanging.

    Vanessa’s advice:

    1. You may not be well enough to go and ask for help yourself, allow family and friends to support you with this.
    2. Don’t always accept everything you’re told by healthcare professionals, challenge thoughts and negative attitudes towards mental health and the link with hormones.
    3. We develop lots of coping strategies to mask how we are really feeling. Don’t carry on hiding how you really are, speak to someone.

    Help is available if you are struggling. Please contact the Samaritans by phone on 116 123, download the Samaritans Self-Help app or email jo@samaritans.org

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    30 mins
  • Sep 20 2022

    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:

    1. Take time for yourself, think about your body and your health and value it
    2. It is easy to diagnose osteoporosis and treat it, however…
    3. 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

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    28 mins
  • Sep 13 2022

    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:

    1. Enjoy being active – make it fun
    2. Exercise with a friend – you will motivate and encourage each other
    3. 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

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    31 mins

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  • 08-23-22

Amaizballs podcast

Absolutely essential listen for anyone needing to know more about menopause. After having a hysteroscopy ay 46, these podcasts are a lifeline.Thank you Louise x

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