February 1, 2021


Try our Menopause and GSM Symptom Checkers

Download our menopause symptom checker and download our vaginal atrophy/GSM symptom checker.

If you think you may be suffering from symptoms of perimenopause, then try our simple symptom checker. Put a tick by any of the symptoms that apply to you, then print off and take with you to your doctor’s appointment.

The NICE guidelines on menopause state blood hormone tests alone are not indicated to diagnose menopause in a woman over 45 years of age, experiencing menopause symptoms.

Understanding Menopause for Partners

Menopause can be a challenging time for any couple but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to be prepared so that you can approach this time in your lives with the knowledge to help you support each other through it and on towards a new chapter in your lives.

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Preparing for your Smear Test

These are some useful tips which may encourage you to attend your appointment and make it easier and more comfortable to have your smear test.

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Understanding Vaginal Atrophy 

Vaginal ATROPHY, which is officially known as Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (G.S.M) is a common symptom of menopause affecting about 70% of women yet only 7% will ask for help from their GP, unfortunately many decide to self-treat, this is not recommended.

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Also, try our vaginal atrophy/GSM symptom checker.

The Psychological Impact Of Menopause

Anyone who has experienced pre- menstrual syndrome will be well aware of the emotional rollercoaster that fluctuating hormones can cause during the reproductive years but many women are simply not prepared for the variety and intensity of those symptoms which affect some women at menopause.

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Ten Things your Doctor should know about Menopause

Women, their partners and their families cannot afford to keep waiting for GP education to improve; too many women are experiencing poor short and long term physical and mental health due to a woeful lack of professional knowledge. Having campaigned now for several years for better care and support for women it is clear that things are not changing quickly enough so we must take control and educate ourselves and encourage others to do the same. To that end I have compiled this guide.

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Getting the most out of your doctor’s appointment

So you have decided that it’s time to visit your doctor to discuss the seemingly unrelated mixed bag of symptoms you have been trying to cope with. So where do you start when planning your visit?

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