Confused about what it is, when it happens, what the symptoms are and what on earth is HRT? You are not alone. These are all questions Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin grappled with on a personal level, and set out to find the answers to, in their podcast Postcards From Midlife. Interviewing experts such as Dr Louise Newson, Dr Shahzadi Harper, Dr Paula Briggs and wellbeing expert Maisie Hill, they learned that a woman is in menopause a year after the date of her last ever period - the average age for this in the UK is 51. For up to 10 years ahead of this, she can be in peri-menopause, when her oestrogen and testosterone hormones gradually begin to fluctuate and decline.
Because we have oestrogen receptors all over our bodies, there are, at the least, a whopping 39 symptoms that can result from these changes, from headaches, joint pains and night sweats to dizziness and loss of libido. Plus many symptoms that affect mental health including increased anxiety, low mood, brain fog, forgetfulness, anger and depression. Like Lorraine and Trish, many women have no clue that peri-menopause is to blame for the often debilitating physical and emotional symptoms they start to experience in their forties, which can have a huge impact on their daily lives. The problem is, women aren’t taught about this, as a society we don’t discuss it (hot flush gags aside), and most GPs have little or no training at all in menopause (remarkable and shocking given it will happen to 50% of the population).
All of the guests on the podcast talk to Lorraine and Trish openly and honestly about their personal experiences of peri-menopause, from the moving - TV presenter Davina McCall - to the devastating - author Marian Keyes. These discussions empower listeners to be open about the subject, to recognise signals in order to receive the correct help and treatment physically and mentally, and to have the correct, up-to-date facts about HRT. Body identical HRT is now safely prescribed and has the same risk of breast cancer as drinking up to two glasses of wine a day. It is also an important medicine prescribed to prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia, yet women are still confused about this life changing treatment.
The podcast explores all of this in detail.
Trish and Lorraine get the lowdown from specialist Dr Louise Newson on getting the right treatment for you during perimenopause, as well as the other health checks we should all be doing in midlife.
Joining Lorraine and Trish to kick off series two, bestselling novelist Marian Keyes shares her remarkable midlife story. Find out how she is rocking her fifties after overcoming severe depression, accepting she won’t have children, redefining work on her terms and becoming a proud Botox and HRT devotee.
Lorraine and Trish share the tips and tricks they'll be using in self-isolation and get some expert advice from menopause specialist Dr Shahzadi Harper. We're all glued to our phones at the moment, but how do the gadgets affect our children? They talk to psychologist Suzi Godson about how parents should really feel about teens, screens and social media.
Take control of your monthly cycle with tips from Perimenopause Power author and women's health expert Maisie Hill. And Lorraine and Trish find out From Maisie which simple lifestyle changes will lead to better midlife health and happiness. PLUS: Can you tap your way to more energy and is bad breathing holding you back?
Brought to you in partnership with Avon In this special one-off episode, Lorraine and Trish speak to women’s health expert and TV GP Dr Sarah Jarvis to find out everything you need to know about the menopause - from hormones to HRT, identifying symptoms and getting the best service from your GP.
In a funny, frank and sometimes tearful interview, Davina McCall opens up to Lorraine and Trish about the impact of peri-menopause on her mind, career and sex life. She also shares the shocking truths she learned making her new Channel 4 TV documentary on the subject..