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Easing flushes and sweats without HRT

For immediate release: 28 January 2009

Easing flushes and sweats without HRT

Hot flushes and night sweats affect up to 75% of perimenopausal women and can have a huge impact on a woman’s quality of life. Women who can’t, or don’t want to, take HRT may wish to try alternative management options, such as self-help measures, complementary therapies, herbal and dietary supplements and prescription drug alternatives.

In the Winter 2008/9 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Claudine Domoney discusses the various options available for women who wish to ease hot flushes and night sweats without HRT. She looks at whether there is any research-based evidence to back their use and the types of products available.

“Many women find that they can ease their hot flushes without HRT,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “They will need to find an effective treatment that suits their needs – not just their symptoms but also their medical history. It is important to discuss the options with a doctor or other appropriate health professional (e.g. a pharmacist).”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects, like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition, 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 from individuals and health professionals. Other articles in the Winter 2008/9 issue include menstrual and withdrawal bleeds, the types and forms of HRT (part 1) and cystitis and thrush at the menopause. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service 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 norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk

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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 organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, 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 questions you forget to ask your doctor; aromatherapy and the menopause; phytoestrogen and herb safety; testing for osteoporosis; sleep better at the menopause; getting your libido back; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 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.