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CeriMumsnet · 29/12/2020 12:46

Please note this Q&A is now closed for questions but you can see Dr Griffins answers here

Menopause can feel daunting and complicated. Maybe you’re perimenopausal; maybe your periods have stopped but you’re still having menopause-related symptoms. Maybe you’re going through an early menopause, or one brought on by medical treatment. Or maybe you’re just wondering what the next few years might hold for you and how you can best embrace (or at least get through) whatever may be heading your way. Vira Health is here to help, and their expert Dr Michelle Griffin will be answering your questions about everything to do with menopause from 18th to 27th Jan.

Here’s some more information about Dr Griffin: ‘Dr Michelle Griffin qualified as a doctor from University of Cambridge and specialised in Gynaecology, working in a number of hospitals in London and the East of England. She is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has completed her training with the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. She has worked in the NHS for over a decade, as well as for the Department of Health, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation on women’s health projects. She is leading the clinical development of Stella, a new app to help you manage your menopausal symptoms'.

Here’s what Vira Health, the team behind Stella has to say: “Women spend on average 7-10 years in menopause, with symptoms changing and fluctuating all the time. Yet, in the UK, less than 7% of women are satisfied with the care they receive. That’s not ok. Stella offers women personalised plans to help manage menopause symptoms better with support from an expert coach. From insomnia to weight gain and anxiety to incontinence issues, Stella supports women to find relief backed by proven science. Plans are customised to your needs and you can track your progress quickly and easily.”

If you feel in the dark about the symptoms of menopause, you’re looking for advice on managing its effects in day to day life, or you have questions about treatment or care options, you’re in the right place. Share your questions for Dr Griffin below and you’ll be entered into a prize draw where one Mumsnet user will win a £200 voucher for the store of their choice (from a list).

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Do you have questions about menopause? Ask Vira Health’s expert Dr Michelle Griffin - £200 voucher to be won
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UntamedWisteria · 01/01/2021 13:33

So this seems to be a promotion for a new app?

How does the app work?

Can you prescribe bio-identical HRT through the app? Or will it just be herbal remedies and mindfulness that doesn't really work?

How is the app better than having a proper consultation with a qualified menopause specialist? Which literally changed my life for the better.

UntamedWisteria · 01/01/2021 13:35

alwaysataldi I can answer that question for you, so can your GP.

yes, you can take HRT, it's better for most women in the long run than not taking out, and comes in various different forms - tablets, patches and gels.

bunny27 · 01/01/2021 13:57

I am coming to the end of taking tamoxifen after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer 5 years ago. I have been told I cannot take HRT. I am really struggling with intimate itching. GP prescribed Vagisan and I have bought some YES YES YES products. Also am experiencing more bouts of cystitis. This really gets me down. Is this a menopausal symptom and is there anything I can do to reduce it or even eliminate

UpOnDown · 01/01/2021 16:34

what are signs of perimenopause?

UntamedWisteria · 01/01/2021 17:27

are people who've posted their questions on here aware that there's also a very good MN Board on Menopause:

FingersCrossedForAllOfUs · 01/01/2021 18:19

If you have a baby later in life i.e. in your early forties is there a likelihood women might start experiencing the menopause sooner or later than the average?

ItsCovidOutThereThisChristmas · 01/01/2021 19:17

Do menopause symptoms come back when you stop taking HRT? Can you use oestrogen patches for much longer - so into 60's/70's if you choose?

ItsCovidOutThereThisChristmas · 01/01/2021 19:18

Also I was menopausal very early. Is this genetic?

queenoftheschoolrun · 01/01/2021 19:24

I have been managing peri-menopausal symptoms by taking Agnus castus which have helped enormously. Will I be able to stop taking them when I finally hit the menopause? Twice now my periods have stopped for 6 months only to return with a vengeance!

cissyandbessy · 01/01/2021 20:48

I am 48 and as far as I know have no symptoms of menopause as far as I can tell. My mother has suffered significant symptoms for almost 20 years - 50-68 yrs, sweats, dry mouth, insomnia, lowered mood. I am dreading what May lay ahead for me but don't know where to start preparing to help myself? Get some tests done to check hormone level? What to read? Go to a GP or find a specialist from the outset? And if so how? Any advice for a scared beginner?

justmeand2DC · 01/01/2021 20:51

I'm 55 and have been taking HRT for 7 years since I started experiencing severe night sweats/insomnia. Initially my symptoms were completely alleviated but they have returned to a certain extent so not great but liveable. I started off on tablets then patches and now am using Sandrena sachets of 1.5 mg estradiol daily plus Utrogestan which is micronised progesterone. My question is why is the maximum estradiol dose I can be prescribed by my GP in the form of Sandrena only 1.5 mg whereas, if I understand correctly, if I had estrogel I could take 4 pumps daily which is 3 mg estradiol? Is this a licensing thing which I could bypass with a private prescription as I'm wondering if a higher dose might reduce the night sweats I'm still experiencing?

Another question, the Utrogestan was initially prescribed as 2 x 100mg daily for part of the cycle but now I've been told since I'm 55 and presumably post-menopausal I can take 1 x 100 mg continuously and I should no longer have a bleed. However I am still having a bleed approximately every 21-28 days after 6 months. Does this mean I'm not post-menopausal? I'm also a bit confused as to why the progesterone stays the same regardless of how much estradiol you take, maybe if I dropped the estradiol dose the daily progesterone might stop the monthly bleed?

BarefootInTheMoonlitSnow · 01/01/2021 22:07

Thank you Untamed

I am a bit like Miranda (though there was a clear external factor for mental health worsening) but I haven’t even asked my GP because there is so little time, other more pressing concerns & all the pandemic stuff.

I need to be able to have something simple I can work into my life to prepare!

So what 3 things can I do 1) re food, 2) re complementary meds & 3) re asking GP?

I’ll make a start at reading threads on Untamed’s link, but I partly think ffs I do not have the energy for this to be a whole ‘thing’ 😂 so having a simple eat more/less of this, add this supplement (or eat more stuff with this in it, and ask GP this one question seems a bit more manageable.

anything involving food seems more manageable Wink

MartiniDry · 01/01/2021 23:12

Is there currently any help for those of us who can't take HRT?

I entered surgical menopause in my 30s when I had a bilateral oophorectomy following breast cancer surgery and treatment. Fast forward nearly twenty years and I am still suffering the effects of it, particularly hot flushes.

At the time of my surgery there was nothing on offer but HRT, which would likely kill me, so I've since 'suffered in silence'. Have you a miracle alternative, please?

Summergarden · 01/01/2021 23:54

Is the age at which a woman starts the menopause always related to when her mother started? My mother was relatively late so I’m assuming I will be too, but perhaps that assumption will bling me to the first signs.

Hatethewordhun · 02/01/2021 03:05

I'm 48. Is it normal to feel depressed after ovulation each month right up until your next period. I can feel my mood deteriorating about 14 days into my cycle. I hate everyone, and turn into a hermit until my next period. I'm already taking a low dose SSRI but this seems to be entirely hormonal. It's beginning to affect my life in quite an extreme way. This has been going on for about 18 months.

jobbyjg · 02/01/2021 03:37

I'm 36 and have a mirena cook so a lot of my menopause symptoms are weakens but I seem to suffer from in intense especially at night. Is this normal as I find it really embarrassing

WhoLettheCatOut · 02/01/2021 11:49

@hatethewordhun so glad to hear you say this. I've been struggling with the exact same thing which makes me feel even more certain I am in peri just very early at 38

Twistiesandshout · 02/01/2021 14:57

Is weight gain inevitable?

Pineconelights · 02/01/2021 17:02

Will pelvic floor exercises help with incontinence - this is several years after a surgically induced menopause in early forties. Also if you're on a low level of HRT how will you know when or if to increase it? Thank you.

LizzieVereker · 02/01/2021 18:57

Are severe headaches normal? I always had headaches associated with my menstrual cycle but sine being perimenopausal they are more frequent and really severe.

Is there anything I can do to relieve them as they are really affecting my quality of life and ability to work? My GP is unconcerned as he is sure the6 are menopause related, and prescribed strong painkillers which make me nauseous.

LandofLego · 02/01/2021 21:20

I’m 48 and my periods have become very infrequent and so light as to be barely noticeable. However, I keep experiencing some really strong mood swings (not good when you have a 5 year old) which feel a lot like PMS but with not period to follow. Is it possible that some of my hormones are still working to a ‘normal’ cycle, despite no actual period?

SmallestInTheClass · 02/01/2021 21:30

I have a mirena coil due to be removed in a couple of years when I'm 47. Will I be able to have another or will that affect menopause. I have night sweats just before my period for years but no other peri menopause symptoms.

TweetleBeetlesBattle · 02/01/2021 21:38

For those of us in early menopause who can't take HRT. What supplements do you recommend we take to try and mitigate the effects of menopause...osteoporosis etc?

EggysMom · 02/01/2021 22:02

I'm 52 and still having periods, will they ever bloody end? Grin I am sooooooooo bored of this Grin

It appears from reading other posts that I work for an enlightened employer, we actually have a guide for line managers about the menopause and what accommodations can be considered if requested.

searchthesky · 02/01/2021 22:06

Is the age you enter menopause hereditary? My mum had an early menopause, I'm now at the same age she started having symptoms and am dreading getting the hot flushes she had. Are there any supplements you'd advise taking in advance?
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