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Questions you forget to ask

consultant Dr Diana Mansour looks at the key HRT questions that women often forget to ask their doctor during a routine appointment

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For immediate release: 9th May 2011

Questions you forget to ask

Do you leave the doctor’s surgery satisfied that you asked for all the necessary information you need? Or do you sometimes realise that you forgot to ask some questions about your symptoms or treatment? If the latter applies to you, you’re not alone. It can be very frustrating when you don’t have all the answers, especially when you need to make an informed decision about a particular treatment option (e.g. HRT).

In the Spring 2011 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant Dr Diana Mansour looks at the key HRT questions that women often forget to ask their doctor during a routine appointment. Examples include: Will I put on weight while on HRT? What should I do if I forget to take a tablet? Will using HRT make me look younger?

“Forgetting to ask for information is a common problem and can be very frustrating when you have booked an appointment to speak to your doctor about a specific issue,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “It may help if you prepare in advance; for example, taking along a written note of any questions you want to ask.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Spring 2011 issue include coping with mood swings, essential fatty acids and screening for women over 50.

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Become a member of The Menopause Exchange before the end of July 2011 to receive our special offer. This includes two free back issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter in addition to the usual membership entitlements. (Members of The Menopause Exchange receive four issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and access to the ‘Ask the Experts’ panel). Annual individual membership to The Menopause Exchange is £18.

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
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange 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 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.
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; hysterectomy and the menopause; types and forms of HRT; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; treating vaginal dryness; sleeping better at the menopause; phytoestrogen and herb safety; menopause relief through your pharmacy; vitamin D; and 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.