Dr Louise Newson BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MRCP FRGP
Louise Newson is a GP and menopause specialist and holds an Advanced Menopause Specialist certificate with FSRH and the BMS. She is passionate about improving education about the perimenopause and menopause and also improving awareness of safe prescribing of HRT to healthcare professionals. She has written many articles and editorials and in 2019 launched her first book, Menopause Manual with Haynes Publishing, which went on to be an Amazon bestseller.
Louise has lectured extensively at numerous meetings (including the RCGP annual meeting) on this topic and has been a director for Primary Care Women’s Health Forum and an editor for the British Journal of Family Medicine. She continues to develop the menopause information website www.menopausedoctor.co.uk and is very proud that it has been awarded a HoN code and is part of the e-learning Women’s Health section for RCGP.
Dr Newson has worked regularly with West Midlands Police and many other large organisations to provide advice regarding menopause in the workplace and has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines and been on numerous radio and TV programmes. She is also the founder and director of Newson Health Ltd, with menopause and wellbeing centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she has a team of several GPs, nurses and a pharmacist with a special interest in menopause, as well as a nutritionist, pelvic floor physiotherapist and a yoga teacher. This is a private clinic (due to there being far too little provision for menopausal women in the NHS) which offers women evidence-based and holistic care for their perimenopause and menopause.
In 2019 Louise set up a not-for-profit company – Newson Health Research and Education – and is involved in research with colleagues in Warwick University, London School of Tropical Medicine and also Kings College London. In addition, she is working closely with several charities including Sophia Forum to help menopausal women living with HIV and MASIC for menopausal mothers who have suffered anal sphincter injuries in childbirth.
In 2020 Dr Newson was excited to launch both the 'balance' menopause app and The Menopause Charity. 'balance' is a free app developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. The Menopause Charity, with the help of media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews, has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by menopause.
Watch the video to learn more about Louise and her work in the area of menopause health.
My Personal Experience of the Menopause
I was cooking in the kitchen and out of the blue I experienced my first hot flush – it was unbearable! One of my daughters (who was 11 at the time) asked me what was wrong as I looked so hot and sweaty and then she asked me why I had been so short tempered with her recently. She even asked if I was due a period as her friends were quite often stroppy before their periods!