For Immediate Release-2 August 2004
The menopause doesn’t just affect the over-50s
Thousands of women in the UK experience a premature menopause (before they reach age 45) putting them at risk of fertility problems and osteoporosis. They may suffer from hot flushes, mood swings, tiredness and period problems. Yet many of them don’t recognise these symptoms as being due to the menopause and delay seeking help.
The summer issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter looks at the problem of premature menopause (premature ovarian failure) and its diverse causes. The article, written by Dr Jenny Williamson (menopause specialist and breast clinician in Birmingham), also covers the signs and symptoms and management of this distressing problem among younger women.
“When most people talk about the menopause, they think of 50-something women experiencing hot flushes and mood swings. What they don’t realise is that younger women are affected too. Premature menopause can interfere with a woman’s whole life including
her ability to have children. The Menopause Exchange provides women of all ages with advice and information on the menopause, HRT and alternatives, related topics like osteoporosis and other relevant issues,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of
The Menopause Exchange.
The Menopause Exchange provides women and health professionals with unbiased, accurate information. It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Summer 2004 issue include HRT and the decision-making process, pharmacy help for the menopause and high blood pressure. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel and fact sheets specifically for members.
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 email@example.com
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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 health clubs, organisations/workplaces, pharmacies 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 myths; HRT benefits and risks; breast checks; complementary therapies guide; coping with hot flushes without HRT; heart disease; memory problems; looking after your skin and weight control.
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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