For immediate release: 4 November 2009
Get the best menopause advice from your GP
Consulting your GP about the menopause can be a challenging experience, but this doesn‚Äôt have to be the case. If you want to get the best out of your GP‚Äôs limited time, you need to do some homework first.
In the Autumn 2009 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP Dr Sally Hope has devoted an article to GP consultations on the menopause. She advises that you book a double appointment, read up on the menopause beforehand, note down your family medical history and symptoms and be prepared for some routine health checks and tests. If you‚Äôre not happy with the advice you are offered, you can get a second opinion from another doctor in the practice or even change your GP.
‚ÄúSome GPs don‚Äôt seem interested in menopausal issues, but this is often because they don‚Äôt have the time to tackle the symptoms properly,‚ÄĚ says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. ‚ÄúYou need to approach a GP in the right way. Dr Hope suggests that women concentrate on their main menopausal symptoms and write down all the measures they have tried (e.g. herbal remedies).‚ÄĚ
The Menopause Exchange is completely independent ‚Äď it‚Äôs not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Autumn 2009 issue include the oestrogen story, homeopathy at the menopause and digestive problems.
Christmas and New Year special offer: Annual membership to The Menopause Exchange for ¬£15 instead of ¬£18. This includes quarterly newsletters and quarterly fact sheets and access to our information service and Ask the Experts panel.
Visit The Menopause Exchange website at www.menopause-exchange.co.uk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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: the perimenopause; types and forms of HRT; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; phytoestrogen and herb safety; testing for osteoporosis; sleeping better at the menopause; menopausal libido; vitamins at the menopause; coping with stress; and premature menopause.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‚ÄėAsk the Experts‚Äô 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.