In this episode, Dr Louise Newson talks to Claire Sanderson, the editor-in-chief for Women's Health magazine. Claire talks openly about her mental health and the struggles she has faced in the past in the past. She also talks with Dr Newson about the perimenopause and how so many women are incorrectly offered or given antidepressants for their low mood - a symptom that usually occurs as a result of changing hormone levels.
Dr Newson and Claire discuss how HRT can be beneficial for so many women and they also explore the benefits of regular exercise and nutrition. Claire talks about ways that celebrities can help to empower women with knowledge about their perimenopause and menopause and give them confidence that taking HRT is not something to be scared of. Together, they also talk about sexuality and body confidence issues related to low hormone levels.
Claire Sanderson's Three Take Home Tips:
- Find evidence-based information, such as that on menopausedoctor.co.uk, and take it to your doctor. You can demand the right treatment, don't be deterred.
- Look at your health generally, the changes you make now can benefit you for the rest of your life. Do you need help managing your weight, sleep etc? Put yourself first, preserve your armour so you're ready for battle!
- Speak to your friends and the women around you. Lean on your squad and be open and honest - others around you may be struggling too and you can help each other.
Find Claire on Instagram: @clairesanderson