Dr Louise Newson BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MRCP FRGP
Louise is a GP and menopause specialist; she has an Advanced Menopause Specialist certificate with FSRH and the BMS. She feels passionately 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, editorials and lectured extensively at numerous meetings (including the RCGP annual meeting last year) on this topic. She has been a director for Primary Care Women’s Health Forum and an editor for the British Journal of Family Medicine. She has developed the menopause information website www.menopausedoctor.co.uk which has been awarded a HoN code and is part of the e-learning Women’s Health section for RCGP.
Louise has worked regularly with West Midlands Police and many other large organisations to provide advice regarding menopause in the workplace. Louise has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines and been on numerous radio and TV programmes. She is the director of Newson Health Ltd, a menopause and wellbeing centre in Stratford-upon-Avon where she works with numerous other GPs, nurses, a nutritionist, a pelvic floor physiotherapist and also a yoga teacher so they offer women evidence based and holistic care for their perimenopause and menopause. This is a private clinic as there is far too little provision for menopausal women in the NHS.
She has also 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. She also is working closely with HIV charities including Sophia Forum to help menopausal women living with HIV.
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!