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For immediate release: 26 April 2007

Under 40? Menopausal? It’s time to seek specialist help …

Realising that you are going through the menopause can be difficult for any woman. But it is a particularly distressing diagnosis if you are under 40 at the time. Premature menopause (or premature ovarian failure) affects around 1% of women under 40. It can be triggered by surgery or natural occurrences (e.g. an infection), or may simply be genetic. It often causes troublesome symptoms like hot flushes and reduces your fertility. The good news is that specialist counselling, support and treatments are available to help deal with your physical and emotional needs.

In the Spring 2007 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Mr Nick Panay and Mr Emmanuel Kalu, both from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, discuss the causes, symptoms and management of premature menopause. In particular, they focus on the crucial role of counselling and support, the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the issue of diminishing fertility.

“A premature menopause can turn a woman’s life upside down, whether it is brought on by surgery or it occurs naturally,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “The help available needs to be tailored to the needs of women under 40 and deal with emotional issues like infertility.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition and lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. breast cancer). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Spring 2007 issue include post-menopausal health, menopause support and self-help groups and tiredness at the menopause. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

We have members who are happy to speak to journalists about their experiences of the menopause.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to



1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.

2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at organisations, workplaces, health clubs, pharmacies, exhibitions and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.

3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; osteoporosis treatments; sexuality after the menopause; complementary therapies at the menopause; heart disease; memory problems; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and eating for the menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter and regular fact sheets) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £30 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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