In this podcast, Dr Louise Newson is joined (virtually!) by Lorraine Candy - co-founder of the podcast series 'Postcards from Midlife'. Lorraine and Dr Newson chat about the stigma surrounding the word “menopause” and how we need to work together in order to break that down and really empower women so they can receive the correct help and treatment. They also discuss menopausal symptoms such as anxiety and fatigue and how they can have a massive, negative impact on women's lives if left untreated.
Dr Newson and Lorraine also talk about how important it is for women to receive the right dose and type of HRT. Many women wrongly think that HRT is a single treatment, whereas in fact, there are different hormones available and also different doses. The importance of exercise, nutrition and wellbeing is also discussed. Lorraine also talks very openly about her own experience and how she struggled for several years before receiving the right help.
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Lorraine Candy's Three Take Home Tips:
- Feel your power - you have lived an amazing life and have an enormous amount of experience. Don't let that inner voice tell you you don't have the confidence.
- Arm yourself with information before any visits. Seek out the facts and write them down so you don't forget.
- Talk to your friends, family and other women about what you're going through. Let's spread the word!