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#360 Everything You Need To Know About Menopause with Professor Annice Mukherjee

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Right now, there are more than 13 million peri- or post-menopausal women in the UK. That’s around 25% of the population, you may be in that category or you will be interacting with women in that category. That’s why it’s imperative that all of us have a deeper understanding of what exactly is going on for women at this stage of life.

Menopause has become one of the most talked about health topics over the past few years. And, as topics get talked about more, the variety of information available increases. But is all the information we are consuming accurate?

Today’s guest is one of the UK’s most respected medical experts on women’s hormones and menopause. Professor Annice Mukherjee is a leading UK endocrinologist and author of the bestselling book: The Complete Guide To Menopause. She has over three decades of clinical experience and has supported thousands of women going through menopause to manage their symptoms and improve their wellbeing. She is an Honorary Professor at Coventry University, on the British Menopause Society Medical Advisory Council and was recently named in the Financial Times list, of ‘Women of 2022’.

Our aim for this conversation was to make it a comprehensive guide for all things menopause related and we managed to cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • What happens in the lead up to the menopause
  • What symptoms are commonly caused by fluctuating hormone levels
  • Why not all women experience menopause symptoms
  • How it IS possible for women to prepare their bodies for menopause
  • The impact of stress and other lifestyle behaviours on symptoms
  • Why menopause should not be thought of as a hormone deficiency state
  • The Pros and Cons of HRT

And so much more.

We explore something that Annice calls the ‘menopause paradox’ – there has never been a better time in history to be a woman, with greater equality and better treatment options for symptoms, yet at the same time more women are struggling with their midlife health than ever before.

Annice also speaks from personal experience - having been diagnosed with breast cancer she went through menopause herself at the age of 41. Annice passionately wants all women to know, that they have more control over their health and wellbeing, than they think. This is a wonderful conversation, it is jam-packed full of information and practical insights. I hope you enjoy listening.

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