In this podcast, Dr Louise Newson chats to Hayley Etherington, a young woman who has been menopausal since the age of 14.
Hayley talks openly with Dr Newson about her experience and how, even though she was given HRT as a teenager, she has been struggling with many different symptoms for so many years. Hayley's GP didn't make the connection between her symptoms and her menopause diagnosis and never suggested that she may be on the wrong type or dose of HRT.
Since having a virtual consultation with Dr Newson at the Newson Health clinic, Hayley is now on a new regime of HRT and says she feels like a new person, one who feels well and is full of energy.
Hayley has decided that now is the time to speak out about her premature menopause which she held inside for 25 years, in the hope that it may help others who are experiencing something similar.
Hayley's Three Take Home Tips:
- You know your body - not the doctor. Be persistent if you feel you are not getting the right help.
- Get a second opinion, try other GPs or see a menopause specialist if you can.
- Find your tribe of ladies. There is support out there for you - you are not alone.
Follow Hayley on Instagram: @prematuremenopause14
Read Hayley's blog: https://hayleysmenopause14.blogspot.com/