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gather all the information you need beforehand and tell your GP everything, even if it doesn’t seem that relevant to you


For immediate release: 5 February 2013

Seeing your doctor about the menopause

If you think you are going through the menopause, at some point it is worth speaking to your GP about your symptoms. But how can you get the most out of your first appointment?

In the Winter 2012/13 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP specialist Dr Sarah Gray discusses how you can prepare for your first appointment with your GP. She includes information on choosing the right doctor within your practice, reading up on your symptoms, learning more about your family medical history and researching the treatment options.

“Going to a GP about menopausal symptoms for the first time can be a daunting experience for some women,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Blood tests are not usually reliable, so the diagnosis will be based on your symptoms and pattern of your periods. It is therefore important to gather all the information you need beforehand and tell your GP everything, even if it doesn’t seem that relevant to you. In her article, Dr Gray discusses ways to prepare in advance and also what to do if your appointment doesn’t go according to plan.”

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It aims to provide unbiased and easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The information provided is designed to enable women to make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

Other articles in the Winter 2012/13 issue of the newsletter include HRT choices (patches, skin gels and implants), coping with hot flushes and night sweats without prescribed medicines and digestive problems. We also have book reviews, news and our ‘Ask the experts’ page.

Membership of The Menopause Exchange has changed. We are now emailing our quarterly newsletters to anyone with an interest in the menopause and midlife health for FREE. They should visit The Menopause Exchange website at for information on how to receive them.

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 was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: The perimenopause; Menopausal symptoms you may not recognise; HRT choices (part 1); Treating vaginal dryness; Eating for the menopause; Anxiety at the menopause; Ageing past the menopause; Weight gain; and Premature menopause.
3. 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 to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. 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.
4. 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.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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