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How to talk to your GP about menopause

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What we hear

Lots of women tell us that they know something’s happening. Their body doesn’t look and feel like it used to. They feel like their former self is slipping away.  They have brain fog, loss of concentration, problems keeping on top of their work, joint aches and body pain, weight gain, emotions all over the place, and intimate relationship suffering.

It sounds like hell and feels horrible.

What to do

The first port of call is often the doctor also known in the UK as a GP which is short for General Practitioner. Making an appointment with an NHS doctor can be a challenge in itself, let alone figuring out what to say when you get into the short consultation.

But be careful, because we hear horror stories of doctors who haven’t been trained in menopause. Or don’t take it seriously. Or misdiagnose as depression. (Please know that antidepressants don’t address the root cause of menopause: hormonal changes to levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone.) As these hormone levels drop, menopause symptoms can emerge.

Some women go through menopause without noticing. Others have a horrendous time.

So if you are suffering, your doctor can help.

Preparation is key

So preparation is key to an effective conversation with your doctor.

It’s worth finding out if there’s a doctor at your local surgery who has a special interest in menopause. If so, ask for that doctor!

Keep records of your symptoms. Write down when your last period was, any changes you’ve noticed which are physical, emotional, sexual, professional. Doctors respond well to evidence and the imact this is having on your life.

What’s helpful to know in advance

Know that the official healthcare guidelines¹ for menopause start with HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy – not anti-depressants. Say this. Even if HRT isn’t right for you, task your doctor with exploring other medical interventions that might help you.

Even if you’re underwhelmed with your doctor’s response. You can still help yourself by looking into ways to improve your sleep, stress levels, work routine. The usual advice of good nutrition and low-exertion exercise like walking or yoga are really good ideas. So is taking a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin.

This will help you:

You’re unique, so a tailored response is required, just for you.

Our advice is encapsulated in a free resource: Questions to ask your doctor about HRT

To take a deeper dive into these themes, check out our ebooks for more detail.

¹ NICE guidelines [NG23] published in 2015 by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Appointments just for you

If you want tailored support that focuses right onto the things that are bothering you most, Sarah and Karen are available for coaching appointments scheduled whenever suits you best.

Both of us have great credentials as coaches. Karen is a qualified executive coach;  Sarah is a coach as well as an accredited therapist too. Each of us has gained a menopause coaching qualification, so we know our stuff. Whether you’re affected personally, in your relationship, or at work – getting some direct support could be the smart thing to do.

The best way to start is a free 30-minute discovery call where we can talk 1-1 about the support you seek. After that, coaching consultancy sessions are payable if we decide to work together.

Karen Briggs


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