For immediate release: 9th February 2016
Your menopause consultation
If youâ€™re experiencing signs of the menopause, and want reassurance or confirmation, youâ€™ll need to speak to your GP or practice nurse. But how do you make sure youâ€™re prepared for your appointment? And whatâ€™s going to happen once youâ€™re in the consultation room?
In the Winter 2015/16 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, GP specialist Dr Sarah Gray discusses how to organise an appointment with your GP or practice nurse and do your research beforehand. She advises on whether youâ€™re likely to need any tests and how to make a decision about any treatment thatâ€™s on offer.
â€śA menopause consultation should be straightforward, but itâ€™s important that you prepare in advance,â€ť says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. â€śMake a list of your symptoms with the most important first, write down your family history, as your doctor or nurse may not be aware of this, and think about what youâ€™re seeking, whether itâ€™s simply some reassurance or advice or a treatment option thatâ€™s right for you.â€ť
The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, complementary practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians etc.
Other articles in the Winter 2015/16 include who canâ€™t take HRT?, breast awareness and dietary fat intake, as well as recent news, Ask the Experts Q&As and book reviews.
The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter is available via email for free. Sign up on our website, www.menopause-exchange.co.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter (@MenopauseExch).
For more information, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: HRTâ€“which form is best for you?; Coping with flushes/sweats without HRT; The menopause after cancer therapy; The menopause at work; Boost your memory; The menopause: a partners guide; Eating for the menopause; Diabetes at the menopause.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Masterâ€™s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and womenâ€™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 Masterâ€™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.