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Ask Dr Anne Henderson your questions about menopause - £100 voucher to be won

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YanaGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 23-Sep-20 10:04:04

From understanding more about the importance of good nutrition during the menopause to gaining advice that helps you keep healthy and active, GOPO® Joint Health is inviting you to share your questions with Dr Anne Henderson to help you understand how and why you may start to notice physiological changes.

Here’s what GOPO® Joint Health has to say: “Ahead of Menopause Awareness Day next month, GOPO® Joint Health has teamed up with Menopause Specialist, Anne Henderson, and invites the Gransnet community to share your menopause related questions.

GOPO® Joint Health is committed to helping the Nation feel limber at any age, and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. GOPO® Joint Health is a health food supplement that contains 100% specially cultivated natural rose-hip with a high level of the galactolipid compound known as GOPO®, a key component of rose-hip which may play a valuable role in the care of joints and joint tissues. It is rich in Vitamin C which contributes to the formation of collagen for the normal function of cartilage, the protective and connective component of joints.”

More information about Dr Anne Henderson can be found below:
“Anne Henderson is an accredited specialist with over 20 years' experience on advising women during the menopause. A strong advocate of holistic care and nutritional support, Anne is passionate about women's health during this time of change.”

If you're either in the midst of the menopause or perhaps already out the other end but still have some questions, this is your opportunity to find out more. Please post your questions on the thread below and we will choose approximately 15 questions for Dr Henderson to answer in w/c 19th October. Everyone who posts their questions will be entered into a prize draw where 1 lucky GNer will win a £100 voucher for a store of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck

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heatherjw Thu 24-Sep-20 17:18:43

How long do menopause symptoms usually last, I am still being woken by night sweats 15 years on and still get the occasional daytime hot flushes, albeit not quite as severe as when they first started when I was age 51

Eevie Thu 24-Sep-20 17:23:56

I was advised as I was 62 to stop taking HRT (oestrogen only a very low dosage) I take high blood pressure tablet, my GP felt that I was at high risk of a stroke, I’ve been on them since having a full hysterectomy in 2001. It’s been 3 months since I’ve been off HRT and I feel awful! Day and night hot flushes, I’m awake half the night, irritability! I need my life back, would it be advisable to go back on them!

rosrob29 Thu 24-Sep-20 17:47:23

I am 55 and am still having random periods (every 3/4 months) hot flushes and would appreciate advice regarding exercise, diet and alcohol (still appreciate a few glasses!)

Toadinthehole Thu 24-Sep-20 17:48:50

I think I may have started menopause in 2012, with a short spurt of what I now know was depression. In 2015, I started to get insomnia. All normal periods at this time. For the last three years or so, I’ve had intermittent’ sickness’, not unlike morning or travel sickness. It’s been particularly bad since about April this year, alongside the insomnia. All other symptoms are manageable, or mostly not there at all, except I feel hot all the time, and get bouts of panic with it. No periods now for 3 years. I can no longer function with the two main things, sickness, and insomnia. My quality of life is so diminished. Would HRT help any of this? I am intending to see my GP once I get the results from a mammogram I had on Tuesday, my real mum died from breast cancer. I had thought about starting small, so the vaginal pessary. Would be so grateful for any help.

Jasmine50 Thu 24-Sep-20 18:00:53

I’m really struggling with bouts of insomnia, I’ve tried magnesium which worked for a while and has been a god send with easing other symptoms too, I really don’t want to go down the diazepam route as I know this can’t be used regularly, I’ve tried excessive exercise, chamomile tea, meditation, CBT and nothing works. Are there any other natural remedies out there that really work as I’m at the end of my tether!!

Claire11 Thu 24-Sep-20 18:06:59

I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago when I was 42. Everything was taken away apart from one ovary. Unfortunately I went straight into the menopause. Recent blood tests showed I was post menopausal. I tried HRT for a couple of days but immediately felt very unwell. I have a serious dryness problem and use a hormone cream three times a week. Intercourse is still very uncomfortable even when using lube. What else can I do, I'm only 52.

HelHots Thu 24-Sep-20 18:37:32

I have severe atrophy & bladder issues. I've had to stop HRT & pv tablets due to some discharges and awaiting results from biopsies. Treatment, prior to stopping, had minimal affect. What other treatment options do I have ? I'm really worried that the atrophy is going to be a permanent problem. Thank you

Wendyfaint Thu 24-Sep-20 19:02:20

Why do I feel really hot and sweat++ under my chin - and chest but my neck is ok

Erinthe3 Thu 24-Sep-20 19:07:06

Still getting night sweats after ten years, will I have these for life? Feel tired all the time. Age 64.

fishnships Thu 24-Sep-20 22:49:17

I am having hot flushes and difficulty sleeping and have heard of a magnet that is supposed to help. Would you recommend these?

Lisafletch Fri 25-Sep-20 00:08:55

I’m 36 and for the last 3 months I’ve only had 2 days of light period each month I’ve always had 5 days of heavy period, so this is unusual for me and I have also had really bad sweets throughout the day and night is it possible that I could be going through post menopause? As I believe you can have this 10/15 years before you start the Menopause ?

FannyCornforth Fri 25-Sep-20 05:07:06

Try diphenhydramine.
It's an antihistamine sold as a sleep aid. It's available as Nytol (but NOT the herbal one, that doesn't do anything for me).
And Asda do their own brand called Asda Sleep Aid, so I imagine a lot of pharmacies do the same.
You have to get it over the counter, it's only a couple of quid.
It works a treat. I
I've also had some joy with the night time Rescue Remedy.
And there's always Night Nurse! That's potent stuff!

pamelaJEAN Fri 25-Sep-20 07:21:56

I’m nearly 72 and still have the occasional hot flush, and certain times of the year have slight hair loss, I’m not sure if it is still to do with menopause, which I had in my 40s/50s had a terrible time then with flushes.

Lclaytonuk555 Fri 25-Sep-20 08:32:05

I went through the menopause nine years ago - can I still get hormone changes that affect my mood?

Toadinthehole Fri 25-Sep-20 09:17:38

Sorry... Nytol did nothing for me except give me a dry mouth!

stunningacorn Fri 25-Sep-20 10:15:15

I was on the menopause patches now don’t take anything was offered tablets but my mother died young 49 and darn take the risk felt safer with patches do you know when they will be available again? Xx

quizqueen Fri 25-Sep-20 10:20:52

Why does it seem so much harder to lose and keep off weight after the menopause?

FannyCornforth Fri 25-Sep-20 10:45:45

Toad-in-the-hole, are you sure that it was diphenhydramine and not the herbal one?

Toadinthehole Fri 25-Sep-20 12:09:59

fanny, yes, Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 50mg. It was the pharmacist who suggested it. I guess they don’t work for everyone. On ‘ GP’s behind closed doors’, a GP had recommended it for someone else who had insomnia, and he said it didn’t work for him either. I’ve tried ‘ white noise’, and it’s variations, which sometimes does the trick, but the only thing that I can really rely on is 3mg of zopiclone, if I’m desperate. They were first prescribed in 2015, and I’ve managed to keep the dose low. Luckily my insomnia seems to hit in bouts, so much of the time I don’t need anything. Thank you for your response.

FannyCornforth Fri 25-Sep-20 12:25:52

You're welcome Toad, I'm sorry that nothing helps.
I think that I've tried everything under the sun (or maybe moon).

gillyknits Fri 25-Sep-20 13:25:53

I had a hysterectomy over twenty years ago and went on HRT. Just an oestrogen gel and it worked well. Then I was taken off it because of some study on breast cancer which said HRT could cause it.The hot flushes and night sweats came back with a vengeance. I was then put back on the gel after about five years of misery, only for another ‘study’ to come along and was off it again with the same result.
I’m still suffering from the hot flushes and night sweats at the age of 73. Is there any hope that they will go away or is that it?

SRal Fri 25-Sep-20 13:44:10

Any solutions for thinning hair?

juliedee Fri 25-Sep-20 14:10:51

Hi I am mid fifties and the hot flushes are crazy at night time, don't want to take anything tbh, but is there something I could do to help it, getting irritable with lack of sleep some days!

welshmaiden Fri 25-Sep-20 17:12:42

Having had a hysterectomy at age 49 menopause started. since then I have been diagnosed with Lupus, could the sudden menopause be a contributary factor?