Menopause not in retreat

Why do so many of us feel unable to talk about the menopause? And why do so many women feel they should just ‘get on with it’ or ‘tough it out’? The menopause is quite frankly an inevitability. It can affect our ability to function on a day to day basis and chances are it will impact on those we spend time with, be they family, friends or colleagues. Communication & education are key. Reach

Wrinkles ‘down there’ by Dr Heather Currie

Wrinkles ‘down there’ Writes: Dr HEATHER CURRIE, MB BS, FRCOG, MRCGP, DRCOG, MRCGP. Associate Specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries. Managing Director of Menopause Matters Limited. You may not like it when wrinkles start to appear on your face because they are a sign of getting older, but you should love wrinkles in your vagina because it’s their disappearance that’s a sign of ageing. While you put moisturiser on your face

Vaginal dryness by Dr David Edwards

Vaginal dryness Writes: Dr David Edwards GP, Past President British Society for Sexual Medicine / Specialist in Men’s and Women’s Sexual Problems. Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Vaginal dryness can be a troublesome problem that is under diagnosed and under treated.[i] Educating doctors and nurses as well as patients is essential to encourage women to ask for help and get the treatment they need, so I welcome EveryWoman Day for raising awareness of it. Vaginal dryness is

I am peri-menopausal

Lesley, 47 Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. This is an inspirational quote that I look at every day as I have it sitting on my desk. In February 2015, I am sitting in my doctor’s surgery in floods of tears, I am exhausted, emotionally and physically drained. I cannot understand why I am feeling this way as I am not ill. I am a 47-year-old Police Officer with 27 years’ service within

When your lady parts let you down

Sarah, 57, from Oxford I was 51 when my vagina dried up…bang on the average age for menopause. It definitely fell into the category titled ‘Disappointing’. If I’d been given to hyperbole, I’d have put it into ‘Devastating’ but I tried to be rational and reasonable, which itself can be a challenge when you’re in the middle of The Change. There will be a way to fix this, said my rational and reasonable mind. I

Vaginal dryness

Facts Around 3 million women in the UK alone are experiencing vaginal dryness. More than 50% of post-menopausal women aged between 51 and 60 suffer from vaginal dryness. Around 17% of women younger than 50 experience the symptoms of vaginal dryness. A quarter of menopausal women experience dryness during sex, while 16% feel pain. Only 25% of women seek medical help for vaginal dryness. Symptoms Dryness of the vagina, especially during intercourse, while walking or


Facts On average, menopause starts around the age of 51, although it can occur as early as the age of 30 and as late as the age of 60. Around 1% of women experience menopause before they turn 40. Menopause begins with the absence of menstrual bleeding for 12 consecutive months. Menopause symptoms last from the onset of menopause to death. On average, menopausal women gain around five pounds over the three year period. Symptoms