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Eileen's Menopause Blog

"I am happy to pass on my personal knowledge and experiences to help those who are still unsure of what is happening to them."

When I realised that I was slowly approaching ‘that age’ I decided I wanted to know as much as possible about the menopause, I wanted to know what physical and emotional changes were likely to occur and what could be done naturally to control or reduce them. I spent several years reading and researching as much material as I could.

This helped me tremendously going through the menopause as I could almost anticipate symptoms depending on how my life was going at the time. This also allowed me to make the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to ward off the symptoms. So I am here today happy to pass on my personal knowledge and experiences to help those who are still unsure of what is happening to them.


A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: What you need to know about HRT

by Eileen, on 29 August 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays it’s all about HRT. With HRT hitting the headlines again in the UK recently, I take a look at what you need to know if you are thinking of going on it, worried about taking it or wanting to come off it. I explain what HRT does, what happens when you stop taking it and why I recommend when coming off HRT, it is important to do it gradually rather than suddenly.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Today I thought I will talk a little bit about HRT. Now, for those of you in the UK, you will know that just this week there was another study published actually indicating that if you take the combined HRT which is a combination of hormones oestrogen and progesterone, that it may increase your risk of getting breast cancer. And I know that there are probably a number of you out there that are getting really worried about this. There’s probably a lot of you may be thinking about going on HRT and now feeling even more confused than what you were before. Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Coping with menopause at work

by Eileen, on 22 August 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays it’s all about how menopause can affect your working life. From fatigue and hot flushes to joint pain, bladder issues and memory loss, I take a look at how your symptoms can become an issue at work and what you can do to help yourself, including how to make your workplace a more supportive and comfortable environment during your menopause.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Today, I’m going to be talking about menopause and work and how going through the menopause can actually affect your working life and your career. Now, we get lots of emails from women who are really struggling through the menopause, generally, and are finding that their work is actually suffering as well.

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A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Blood pressure & Circulation problems

by Eileen, on 15 August 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I take a look at how menopause affects blood pressure and why many women can experience high or low blood pressure at this time. I also explain why menopause can also cause circulation problems including, sluggish blood flow, varicose veins and spider veins.


Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. And today I’m going to talk about blood pressure. Now, it’s a really interesting fact that more than 50% of women over 50 will end up getting blood pressure problems. And high blood pressure today is actually known as the silent killer because for some people there are absolutely no symptoms whatsoever until maybe they end up getting serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Now, unfortunately, going through the menopause one of the things that falling oestrogen can do is to actually affect our blood pressure. So it’s very important, once you know for definite that you are going through the menopause, that you get your blood pressure checked regularly. Now, please don’t go overboard, don’t get really anxious about this. But maybe once every six months would be enough just to keep everything in check. Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Sugar cravings & appetite changes

by Eileen, on 8 August 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

Craving sugar, sweets and biscuits? How about your appetite? Are you constantly hungry or not hungry at all? In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I take a look at why many women experience intense cravings for sugary foods during the menopause, why your appetite can suddenly change and how all of this can impact your weight.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A. Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. And today I’m going to be talking about sugar cravings and changes in your appetite during the menopause. Now, these symptoms are usually experienced by the majority of women at some point going through the menopause. You might find that you suddenly start to crave sugar or biscuits or sweets much more than normal. You may also find that your appetite has just got totally out of control or that you seem to feel hungry all the time. Now, why is this? Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Why you need vitamin D in the menopause

by Eileen, on 1 August 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I take a look at why vitamin D is so important during the menopause, how much of this essential vitamin is recommended daily for menopausal women and how you can boost your vitamin D intake naturally, as well as through foods and supplements.


Video transcript:

Hello and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. And today, I’m going to talk about the importance of vitamin D in the menopause. Continue reading >