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  • Bristol Menopause Community

    < Back Bristol Menopause Community £5/month Book Now About Introducing Bristol Menopause Membership. A community specially designed for women navigating the complexities of menopause, midlife and beyond. Our monthly membership offers a supportive and informative space to help you manage and embrace the changes during midlife with confidence and health. What Our Membership Includes: Monthly Educational Webinars: Each month, we host a webinar focusing on critical menopause and midlife related topics such as sleep, self-care, weight management, and overall wellbeing. These sessions are led by experts who provide valuable insights and practical advice to help you thrive, as well as guest speakers. Quarterly Meetups: Build connections and share your journey with like-minded women at our quarterly meetups. These gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to find support and friendship in a caring, understanding environment. Private WhatsApp Group: Join our private WhatsApp group to stay connected with your peers. This 24/7 support network allows you to share experiences, ask questions, and find encouragement from women who understand exactly what you are going through. Exclusive Discounts: Members receive exclusive discounts on health supplements, medical appointments, and blood tests, making it easier and more affordable to manage your health. Additional Benefits: Guest Speakers: We also feature guest speakers who bring fresh perspectives and expert knowledge on various topics relevant to menopause, midlife and women’s health, enriching your learning and support experience. Membership Cost: Experience all these benefits and more for just £5 per month. Our Bristol Menopause Membership is priced to be accessible because we believe every woman deserves to feel empowered and supported through her midlife transition and beyond. Join us today to not only navigate menopause, midlife and beyond with ease but also to celebrate us. Simply drop us an email to join at hello@bristolmenopause.com Book Now Discover our range of menopause supplements, available to order today! Shop Now

  • Our Services | Bristol Menopause & Wellwoman Clinic

    Our Services Filter by Category Select Category Blood Test Ultimate Hormone Profile Blood test £125 Read More Membership Group Midlife and Menopause Retreats Coming soon! Read More Membership Group Bristol Menopause Community £5/month Read More Women's Health Endosure Test & Consultation £450 Read More Women's Health Cervical Smear & HPV Testing £220 Read More Contraception Mirena Coil fitting £195 Read More Pessaries Pessary Advice & Fitting £195 Read More Blood Test Hormone Profile Blood Test £110 Read More Blood Test Peri-menopause Blood Test £175 Read More Blood Test General Menopause Blood Test £210 Read More Blood Test Ultimate Wellwoman Blood Test £290 Read More Menopause 50-minute Menopause Consultation From £195 Read More Menopause Follow-up Menopause Consultation From £135 Read More Menopause Testosterone Initial Consultation £195 Read More Menopause Testosterone Follow-up £135 Read More Menopause Ongoing Menopause Support See for more Read More Wellwoman Check Gold Wellwoman Checks £600 Read More Wellwoman Check Platinum Wellwoman Check £750 Read More Women's Health Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Appointment £195 Read More Corporate Services Support Your Staff With Our Corporate Services See for more Read More Health Screening Health Screenings See for more Read More Contraception Copper Coil Fitting £195 Read More Contraception Initial Contraceptive Consultation £65 Read More Providing companies with women’s healthcare services including specialist menopause care and health screening solutions for all. Discover corporate services

  • Bristol Menopause & Wellwoman Clinic

    Supporting Women's Health & Lifestyle Bristol Menopause & Wellwoman Clinic Explore our Services Supporting Womens Health & Lifestyle Here at Bristol Menopause and Well Woman clinic we understand the unique needs of women as they navigate various stages of life, including menopause. Our dedicated team of British Menopause Society accredited specialists are here to provide comprehensive and compassionate care in women's health, tailored to your individual journey. ​ We offer face to face appointments at our clinic just 2 minutes off Junction 19 of the M5 or nationally we can offer video consultations. Our Services Our mission is to provide holistic, compassionate, comprehensive and evidence-based healthcare services that support each woman's individual needs provided by British Menopause Society registered specialists. Testimonials "I have been using Bristol Menopause and Wellwoman Clinic for a year and couldn't be happier. I had an early chemical menopause years ago and have had many issues which have been resolved by taking HRT. I am also terrible when it comes to having blood taken but Jenna is magnificent in this department - understanding, caring and friendly. No problems with my blood being done by Jenna! All the staff at the clinic are friendly and understanding and it is a lovely safe space where you can go and explain your problems without fear of ridicule. Thoroughly recommended." Sally, March 2024 "This clinic has saved me! Hazel and her team are amazing, responsive and kind. Everytime I have asked for help, I have been given a quick and accurate response, working closely with my doctor. As a result I feel so much happier and more like 'me'. I have recommended this service to all of my friends and family members. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Bristol Menopause....they are just fantastic, at a time of life that is already challenging." Becky, August 2023 "I highly recommend Bristol Menopause clinic to all those I care about who are struggling. Hazel is warm and genuine, her knowledge and support is second to non. Having tried many other routes for help, this is the best! I almost don't want to leave a review incase it becomes too popular!" Emily, January 2024 Part of The Independent Health & Wellbeing Group Bristol Menopause is a proud member of The Independent Health and Wellbeing Group: Providing healthcare and support to all. ​ Explore our group and its services by clicking the button below! Explore more Midlife and Menopause Retreats – Coming Soon! Are you ready to transform your midlife and menopause journey into an empowering experience? We are thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of our exclusive Midlife and Menopause Retreats, meticulously designed to support, educate, and rejuvenate women like you. Find out more!

  • Navigating Menopause Naturally: Empowering Your Journey Without HRT

    < Back Navigating Menopause Naturally: Empowering Your Journey Without HRT Menopause Advice, Alternative Therapies, HRT 4 Sept 2023 In this blog post, we'll explore natural approaches to navigating menopause, including lifestyle adjustments, supplements, exercise, and alternative therapies. Menopause is a transformative phase that prompts various changes in a woman's body, and many seek alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to manage symptoms. At Bristol Menopause and Well Women Clinic, we understand the importance of providing diverse options tailored to each individual. In this blog post, we'll explore natural approaches to navigating menopause, including lifestyle adjustments, supplements, exercise, and alternative therapies. Lifestyle Adjustments for Menopause Management: Balanced Nutrition: Embrace a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Incorporate foods high in calcium and vitamin D to support bone health. Hydration and Caffeine Moderation: Staying hydrated can ease some menopausal symptoms. Reducing caffeine intake may alleviate sleep disturbances and anxiety. Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity can boost mood, maintain bone density, and alleviate stress. Incorporate a mix of aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises. Stress Management: Adopt stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing to improve emotional well-being. Supplements to Consider: Calcium and Vitamin D: These nutrients support bone health and may help prevent osteoporosis. Magnesium: This helps in the regulation of sleep, mood and muscle health. Probiotics: These help with mood and stress relief, as well as digestive health, are anti-inflammatory and are protective for immunity. Vitamin B12: This is a water soluble vitamin and helps in energy levels,brain cognition. B12 protects the cardiovascular system and nerve function. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil, omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and can support heart health and mood. Black Cohosh: Some women find relief from hot flashes and mood swings through this herbal supplement. Soy Isoflavones: These plant compounds mimic estrogen and might help alleviate menopausal symptoms – these metabolise into oestrogen so are not suitable if there is any history of oestrogen driven cancers. Exercise for Menopause Symptom Relief: Aerobic Activities: Walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming promote heart health, manage weight, and reduce stress. Strength Training: Strengthening muscles supports bone health and improves metabolism. Yoga: Practicing yoga enhances flexibility, reduces stress, and promotes relaxation. Alternative Therapies for Symptom Management: Acupuncture: This ancient practice involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to alleviate various symptoms, including hot flashes and sleep disturbances. Mindfulness and Meditation: These techniques promote relaxation, stress reduction, and emotional balance. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT can help manage mood changes, anxiety, and depression often associated with menopause. Navigating menopause naturally is a journey that empowers women to take charge of their well-being. At Bristol Menopause and Well Women Clinic, we're committed to providing you with comprehensive options that align with your preferences and needs. Whether through lifestyle changes, supplements, exercise, or alternative therapies, our goal is to ensure you have the tools to transition through menopause with grace and vitality. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance, support, and personalized approaches tailored to your unique journey. Get in Touch If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. ​ You'll be so glad you did! Contact Us

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterised by the growth of small cysts on the ovaries, which can lead to hormonal imbalances and a range of symptoms. The exact cause of PCOS is not known, but it is believed to be linked to insulin resistance, excess androgen production, and hereditary factors. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families. It's related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body. Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their body and produce higher levels of insulin to overcome this. This contributes to the increased production and activity of hormones like testosterone. Being overweight or obese also increases the amount of insulin your body produces. ​ Some common symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and weight gain. The 3 main features of PCOS are: Irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation) Excess androgen – high levels of "male" hormones in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair Polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS) If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS. There are ways to manage PCOS Symptoms can include: irregular periods or no periods at all difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or no ovulation excess hair growth – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks weight gain thinning hair and hair loss from the head oily skin or acne ​ Here are some ways to manage PCOS: ​ Lifestyle changes: Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management can help to reduce insulin resistance and improve hormonal balance. Medication: Hormonal birth control pills or other medications such as metformin can help to regulate menstrual cycles and reduce symptoms such as excess hair growth and acne. Fertility treatment: For women who are trying to conceive, fertility treatments such as ovulation induction or in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may be recommended. Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove cysts or to treat other complications of PCOS. It's important to work with a healthcare professional to manage PCOS, as it can increase the risk of other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. By managing symptoms and taking steps to improve overall health, women with PCOS can lead full and healthy lives. Explore our services

  • Jenna Young

    < Back Jenna Young Phlebotomist Jenna Young is a qualified Phlebotomist, patient chaperone and trainee healthcare assistant. ​ ​

  • Pessary Advice & Fitting

    < Back Pessary Advice & Fitting £195 Book Now About Our comprehensive consultation, lasting up to 60 minutes and priced at £195.00, is designed to provide thorough care and support for those dealing with vaginal prolapse. Please note this does not include the cost of the pessary, which will be charged at the time of your appointment. This consultation is suitable for anyone who: Is suffering from a vaginal prolapse Is unsure if a pessary is suitable for them and would like to discuss options During your appointment, we cover: Discuss Symptoms: Talk about the symptoms you’re experiencing to understand your condition better. Medical History Review: Review your medical history, including any pelvic organ prolapse symptoms, previous treatments, surgeries, and relevant medical conditions. Physical Examination: Perform a pelvic exam to assess the severity and type of pelvic organ prolapse. This may involve lying on your back with your feet in stirrups while the healthcare provider examines your pelvic organs. Assessment and Measuring for Your Pessary: Determine if a pessary is appropriate for you and select the correct size and type based on your anatomy and prolapse severity. Pessary Fitting: Fit you with the pessary, ensuring it is the correct size and type for your needs. Discussion of Options: Discuss various treatment options available, including lifestyle changes, pelvic floor exercises, surgical interventions, or the use of a pessary. Education and Instructions: Provide detailed instructions on how to insert, remove, clean, and care for the pessary, including proper hygiene practices and when to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any issues. Aftercare Advice and Guidance for Self-Management: Offer advice on managing your condition post-fitting, including what to expect and how to handle any potential side effects or complications. Personalised Management Plan: Establish a follow-up plan to monitor your progress and adjust treatment as needed. This may include scheduling regular check-ups to ensure the pessary is working effectively and comfortably. Adjustments may be made during subsequent visits if needed. Throughout the appointment, feel free to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have about the pessary or your pelvic organ prolapse treatment plan. Book your consultation today and take an important step towards managing your vaginal prolapse effectively and comfortably. Book an Appointment For more information about pessaries and vaginal prolapses, head to our health fact sheets. Book Now Discover our range of menopause supplements, available to order today! Shop Now

  • Navigating Menopause in the Workplace: Why Training and Support Matter

    < Back Navigating Menopause in the Workplace: Why Training and Support Matter Managing Symptoms, Menopause Advice, Mental Health, Wellbeing 20 May 2024 In this blog post, we delve into the importance of menopause training and support in the workplace, exploring how it can enhance productivity and foster a happier workforce. Menopause, a natural phase in every woman's life, brings about many physical and emotional changes. While it's a significant milestone, it's often accompanied by symptoms that can impact daily life, including those in the workplace. As employers strive to create inclusive and supportive environments, addressing menopause-related challenges is paramount. In this blog post, we delve into the importance of menopause training and support in the workplace, exploring how it can enhance productivity and foster a happier workforce. Understanding Menopause in the Workplace Menopause affects all women typically between the ages of 45 and 55 but can affect younger women too. This often coincides with crucial career stages. Despite its prevalence, there's often a lack of awareness and understanding of menopause-related issues in many workplaces. Symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating can significantly impact work performance and overall well-being if not adequately addressed. The Importance of Training Implementing menopause training programmes in the workplace is essential for several reasons: 1. Awareness and Education Training sessions provide employees and managers with crucial information about menopause, its symptoms, and its potential impact on work. This awareness helps foster empathy and understanding among colleagues, reducing stigma and creating a more supportive environment. 2. Supportive Policies and Practices Menopause training can lead to the development of policies and practices tailored to support women experiencing menopausal symptoms. Flexible working arrangements, access to appropriate facilities, and adjustments to work environments can all contribute to alleviating the challenges women face during this transition. 3. Empowering Employees By equipping employees with knowledge and strategies to manage menopausal symptoms, organisations empower women to continue performing at their best. Training can provide practical tips for self-care, stress management, and navigating workplace challenges, enhancing resilience and wellbeing. Enhancing Productivity and Wellbeing Investing in menopause training and support yields numerous benefits for both employees and employers: 1. Improved Productivity By addressing menopause-related issues proactively, organisations can minimise absenteeism and presenteeism among menopausal employees. When women feel supported and understood, they're better equipped to manage their symptoms and remain focused and productive at work. 2. Retention of Talent Creating a menopause-friendly workplace demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and employee well-being. Organisations that prioritise the needs of menopausal employees are more likely to attract and retain top talent, fostering a positive company culture. 3. Enhanced Employee Morale A workplace that prioritises employee health and wellbeing creates a sense of belonging and loyalty among its staff. When women feel supported during menopause, they're more likely to feel valued and appreciated, leading to higher morale and job satisfaction across the organisation. Conclusion Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase of life for many women, yet its impact on the workplace is often overlooked. By implementing menopause training and support programs, organizations can create inclusive environments where women feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive professionally. Investing in menopause education enhances productivity and contributes to a happier and more engaged workforce, ultimately benefiting employees and employers. Are you ready to create a workplace where every woman feels supported and empowered during menopause? Take the first step towards building a more inclusive and productive environment by implementing menopause training and support programs in your organization. Educate Your Team : Start by raising awareness about menopause and its impact on the workplace. Host training sessions to educate employees and managers about menopausal symptoms and how they can support their colleagues during this transition. Implement Supportive Policies: Review your organization's policies and practices to ensure they accommodate the needs of menopausal employees. Consider offering flexible working arrangements, providing access to appropriate facilities, and adjusting work environments where needed. Empower Your Employees: Equip your team with the tools and resources they need to manage menopausal symptoms effectively. Provide practical tips for self-care, stress management, and navigating workplace challenges during this transition. Lead by Example: Demonstrate your commitment to supporting menopausal employees by fostering a culture of inclusivity and empathy in the workplace. Lead by example and encourage open dialogue about menopause-related issues. Get in Touch If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. ​ You'll be so glad you did! Contact Us

  • Navigating the Journey of Menopause: Symptoms, Treatments, and Lifestyle Changes

    < Back Navigating the Journey of Menopause: Symptoms, Treatments, and Lifestyle Changes Perimenopause, Post Menopause 29 Aug 2023 In this blog post, we'll explore the different stages of menopause, discuss common symptoms, delve into treatment options, and highlight lifestyle changes that can help manage menopause symptoms with grace and confidence. As women, we undergo a remarkable journey throughout our lives, and one significant phase is menopause. From perimenopause to post menopause, this transition can bring about a range of physical and emotional changes. At Bristol Menopause and Well Women Clinic, we understand the unique challenges women face during this time. In this blog post, we'll explore the different stages of menopause, discuss common symptoms, delve into treatment options, and highlight lifestyle changes that can help manage menopause symptoms with grace and confidence. Perimenopause: The Prelude to Change Perimenopause typically begins in a woman's late 30s to early 40s, marking the gradual decline of reproductive hormones. During this phase, irregular periods, mood swings, and changes in menstrual flow may occur. Hot flushes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances may also make their debut, causing discomfort. While this phase can be challenging, it's important to remember that you're not alone. Menopause: Embracing a New Chapter Menopause itself is defined by a full year without a menstrual period. Oestrogen and progesterone levels continue to decline, often leading to common symptoms such as vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and changes in bone density. Mood changes and cognitive shifts are also possible, but rest assured that there are strategies to manage these shifts. Post Menopause: A New Normal Once you've reached post menopause, some symptoms may subside, but others may persist. It's essential to address any lingering issues and continue to prioritize your health and well-being. Treatment Options for Managing Menopause Symptoms Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): HRT can help alleviate a range of menopause symptoms by restoring hormone levels. Our clinic offers personalized HRT plans to suit your specific needs and health history. Non-Hormonal Treatments: For those who can't or prefer not to use hormones, various non-hormonal options like antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and vaginal moisturizers can be effective. Lifestyle Changes for Enhanced Well-Being: Healthy Eating: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can support overall well-being. Regular Exercise: Engaging in physical activity helps manage weight, improve bone health, and reduce mood swings. Mindfulness and Stress Management: Practices like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help reduce stress and promote emotional balance. Adequate Sleep: Prioritize restful sleep to counteract the disruptions often associated with menopause. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration supports overall bodily functions and can help manage some symptoms like hot flushes. Connect and Communicate: Share your experiences with friends, family, or support groups to foster a sense of community and understanding. The journey through perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause is uniquely yours. Remember, menopause is just one chapter of your life story, and we're here to help you make it a vibrant and fulfilling one. Don't hesitate to reach out for support, answers, and a helping hand as you embrace this remarkable phase of womanhood. Get in Touch If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. ​ You'll be so glad you did! Contact Us

  • Perimenopause & Menopause

    Perimenopause & Menopause Perimenopause, often referred to as "menopause transition," is a stage in a person's life when their body undergoes hormonal changes leading up to menopause. Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation, marking the end of a person's reproductive years. Perimenopause typically occurs in the late 30s to early 50s, although the age at which it begins and the duration can vary among individuals. During perimenopause, a person's oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels may fluctuate, leading to irregular menstrual cycles, changes in menstrual flow, and various physical and emotional symptoms. Some common symptoms of perimenopause include hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and changes in menstrual patterns. These symptoms can be bothersome for some individuals and may impact their daily lives. It's important to note that perimenopause is a natural biological process and not a medical condition. However, if the symptoms are severe or interfere with a person's quality of life, they should seek medical advice. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other treatments may be recommended to manage the symptoms of perimenopause, but the decision to use such treatments should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional. These can include lifestyle advice and guidance, taking into consideration individual health risks and benefits. Co-directed alongside our founder, Hazel Hayden, we invite you to explore this video resource, delving into the realms of Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to gain valuable insights and knowledge. Determining whether you are in perimenopause requires recognising certain signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with this stage of life. Here are some indicators that may suggest you are peri menopausal: ​ Irregular menstrual cycles: One of the primary signs of perimenopause is changes in your menstrual cycle. Your periods may become irregular, shorter, longer, heavier, or lighter than usual. You may also experience skipped periods or have a significantly different flow. Hot flushes and night sweats: Many individuals going through perimenopause experience hot flushes, which are sudden feelings of warmth, often accompanied by flushing of the face and upper body. Night sweats, excessive sweating during sleep, can also be prevalent, as can cold flushes. Vaginal and urinary changes: Perimenopause can cause vaginal dryness, itching, or discomfort during sexual intercourse. You may also notice an increased frequency of urinary tract infections or urinary incontinence. Mood changes: Hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause can lead to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or feelings of depression. You may also experience difficulties with memory or concentration. Changes in sleep patterns: Some individuals going through perimenopause may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or experience poor sleep quality, which can contribute to fatigue and irritability. Decreased libido: A decline in sexual desire or changes in sexual function can occur during perimenopause. It's important to note that these symptoms can vary among individuals, and not everyone will experience all of them. Some women may never experience a hot flush but may find mood changes the worst symptom. Additionally, these symptoms can also be indicative of other medical conditions. For support with perimenopause & menopause, explore our services Explore our services

  • Dr Jo Burgin

    < Back Dr Jo Burgin Menopause Doctor Jo is a Doctor and academic with over 15 years working in Sexual and Reproductive Health, both clinically and as a part of non-governmental organisations. She is a current Clinical fellow at the University of Bristol with research focusing on menopause. Jo, an accomplished medical professional in the field of women's health, holds a Masters in Sexual and Reproductive Health research, complemented by postgraduate diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her dedication to advancing reproductive and hormonal health is evident in her international work, where she focused on delivering crucial training to clinicians in low-resource countries. As a clinical editor for the Contraception Choices website, Jo plays a pivotal role in developing informative content on perimenopause. Additionally, her affiliation with the British Menopause Society underscores her commitment to staying at the forefront of menopause-related advancements. Jo's recent studies, particularly in Contraception for Women over 40 and Mental Health and Perimenopause, have shed light on the pressing need for enhanced services in women's healthcare. Her contributions extend beyond research papers published in the British Medical Journal; she has also presented her findings on peri-menopause within Bristol's black communities, showcasing a commitment to inclusivity and community health. Despite her extensive contributions to research and academia, Jo remains grounded as an NHS GP in Bristol, where she continues to advocate for comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. Her passion for improving women's healthcare services is not only evident in her studies but is also a driving force in her everyday practice. ​ ​

  • Navigating the Festive Season: Self-Care Tips for Menopausal Women

    < Back Navigating the Festive Season: Self-Care Tips for Menopausal Women Menopause Advice, Stress, Wellbeing 23 Dec 2023 As the festive season approaches, we understand that this time of year can bring added stress for menopausal women. As the festive season approaches, we understand that this time of year can bring added stress for menopausal women. Hormones can become unbalanced due to the increase in stress and our own expectations can lay heavy on our health and emotional wellbeing. Acknowledging Stress Triggers Identify Stressors: Recognise the factors that contribute to stress during the Christmas period. Whether it's family gatherings, financial pressures, or increased social commitments, understanding these triggers is the first step. Setting Boundaries: Learn to say no when necessary. It's okay to decline invitations or commitments that might overwhelm you, prioritizing your well-being. Prioritising Self-Care Mindful Time Management: Plan and organise your days and weeks thoughtfully. Allow time for rest, relaxation, and self-care amidst the Christmas rush. Healthy Eating Habits: Amidst the festive indulgences, aim for a balanced diet. Incorporate nutritious meals to maintain energy levels and support overall well-being. Stay Active: Regular physical activity can alleviate stress. Engage in activities you enjoy, whether it's a brisk walk, yoga, or dancing to your favourite tunes. Managing Menopausal Symptoms Temperature Management: Layers can be your best friend! Dress in layers to manage temperature fluctuations caused by hot flashes. Stress Reduction Techniques: Practice relaxation exercises like deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness to manage stress and anxiety. Seeking Support Reach Out: Connect with friends, family, or support groups. Sharing experiences and feelings can provide relief and a sense of camaraderie during this time. Professional Guidance: If stress becomes overwhelming or menopausal symptoms significantly impact daily life, seek guidance from healthcare professionals. Embracing Self-Compassion Remember, it's okay to prioritise your own wellbeing during this time. Self-care isn't selfish; it's essential for navigating the demands of the festive season while managing peri-menopausal symptoms. Conclusion: As the festive spirit fills the air, remember to fill your own cup first. By acknowledging stress triggers, prioritising self-care, and seeking support when needed. Please share your thoughts or questions in the comments below. Remember, self-care is a gift you deserve this Christmas season. Get in Touch If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. ​ You'll be so glad you did! Contact Us

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