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World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day

Did you know that 26th September marks World Contraception Day? Even though contraception has been around for as long as humans have been having sex, it’s unfortunately still seen as a controversial and contentious subject and isn’t easily accessible to some women,...

Bloating During The Menopause

Bloating During The Menopause

A tummy that balloons in size over the course of a day? Water retention at particular points in your cycle? Sore and tender breasts? You are not alone. Bloating is a common symptom of perimenopause. Fluctuations in your hormone levels particularly during perimenopause...

The Effects Of Menopause On Mental Health

The Effects Of Menopause On Mental Health

It is normal to feel emotional about physical changes like getting older, the impact of poor sleep and the loss of fertility, role changes like children leaving home, looking after ageing parents or other relatives, or facing the loss of parents. Menopause can signal...

Helping Men Understand The Menopause

Helping Men Understand The Menopause

Many men struggle to understand what the perimenopause and menopause is and how it can affect women. If you'/re reading this article you’ve taken a big step in trying to support a woman who may be experiencing this, so, thank you. Although it’s important to remember...

The Perimenopause & Menopause HRT & DVT

The Perimenopause & Menopause HRT & DVT

Many people have heard of the word deep vein thrombosis, and it means when a blood clot develops in in the deep veins of the leg. occasionally in some people these clots can break off and travel up to the lung and these clots are known of pulmonary embolism. ...

Anxiety During The Menopause

Anxiety During The Menopause

The transition into the menopause can be a turbulent time for many women. Declining oestrogen levels and fluctuating FSH levels cause your periods to become erratic, hot flushes to start and your sleep pattern can change too. These and other symptoms can be extremely...

Migraines & The Menopause

Migraines & The Menopause

Fluctuating levels of hormones associated with the menstrual cycle have been found to trigger migraines in women who unfortunately are three times more likely to suffer with this kind of headache than men. Some women also experience ‘aura’ which can mean there is...

Vagina ……. There I Have Said It!

Vagina ……. There I Have Said It!

Over my time in general practice and private practice I have heard the Vagina called all sorts. ‘Flower, tuppence lady bits, flue, down there’. I know what women mean of course but why are we so scared about saying the word? Dryness, itch and painful intercourse are...

Why Self Care Is NOT Selfish

Why Self Care Is NOT Selfish

Self-care isn’t selfish - Advice for Women  As women, we invariably pop ourselves at the bottom of our priority list. Children, grandchildren, partners, parents, friends, work… then you, does that sound familiar?When we think about self-care, we focus on...

Preparing For The Menopause

Preparing For The Menopause

Understanding the perimenopause can help you to prepare for it. Before reaching the menopause, a lot of my patients have mentioned feeling a sense of dread  after hearing  horror stories from family members, friends and colleagues. The lead up to the menopause is...