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Everything new and awesome in women's health for October

Featuring: the one stop shop Menopause Library, The Friday Fertility Podcast with the awesome Dr Carrie Jones, and menopause must-read from Mental Health UK

To celebrate World Menopause Day earlier this month (18th October) our friends at Menopause Doctor and Balance launched their NEW, evidence-based website of all things perimenopause and menopause at We're talking about the the world’s LARGEST menopause library, filled with thousands of medically approved content - videos, articles, research, podcasts - all easily searchable so you can become better informed on the menopause and stay up to date with all the latest finds. Bookmark this page on your browser ladies as it really is a one stop shop for all your menopause Q&As.

Anyone who knows me or who read last months newsletter will know that I'm OBSESSED with women's health and hormones. And the best way assess your sex and stress hormones, in my humble opinion, is via the DUTCH test (which stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones). I could wax lyrical about this super detailed test ALL the time but I am not nearly as qualified to talk about it as Dr Carrie Jones, Medical Director of Precision Analytical, creators of DUTCH. In this chatty podcast 'Understanding the DUTCH test' Dr Jones discussed how you can use this test to get to the bottom of your own hormone imbalances. Knowlege is power after all!

Psychological effects of the perimenopause and menopause can range from irritability and mood swings to rage and even exacerbating pre-existing mental health conditions. Sadly, GPs don't always make the link between your mood and the menopause due to inadequate training around all things hormonal so you might get offered anti-depressants, told it will all blow over or even that is 'all in your head'. But knowing WHAT you might expect in your perimenopause (your symptomatic years) can help enormously in terms of requesting potential solutions from your health care provider.

If you'd like to know more about how the perimenopausal 7-10 years before your periods cease might be affecting your mental health, you'll definitely want to check out this easy to read article.

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