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Selected articles

We are delighted to bring you some selected articles from Midlife Matters e-magazine. Articles will appear here from the previous edition over time - if you would like to receive your own copy via e-mail (to get them 'hot off the press'), just drop us an e-mail and we will add you to the circulation list.

Menopause: a GP's perspective

Dr Shashi Prasad talks about how to get the most out of your appointment with a medical professional

HRT and menopause - an update

Professor Talaulikar presents an online update on HRT and menopause (video presentation), packed with up-to-date, balanced and research-backed information

Chinese medicine and acupuncture

Jo Darling, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture expert, gives us an overview and how it can help us

Testosterone and menopause

Professor Talaulikar outlines the role of testosterone, what may happen to it during peri-menopause, the effects of deficiency, what options are available and their risks and benefits

Are there any treatments for POI?

Professor Talaulikar discusses the treatment options for Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), including different HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) options

Workplace protections for employees in menopause

Where do we currently sit in terms of legal protections for employees experiencing lack of support, harassment and / or discrimination in the workplace as a result of menopause?

Autistic Menopause: when it all gets too much

For some, menopause is a minor inconvenience. For others, it is cataclysmic and can bring about life-changing revelations. Research suggests that the upheaval of menopause can unmask undiagnosed neurodivergence

Menopause and mental health

Not only does the menopause transition habitually initiate psychological symptoms, including anxiety, low mood and a lack of motivation, but a woman's preceding mental health condition can be exacerbated during this time


Around 10 million people in the UK live with arthritis. Arthritis means pain, swelling or stiffness in a joint or joints. What is it and what can we do about it?

More than just dough

Andy Haddon of the Big River Bakery explains his 'reinvention' from a career in logistics, through study to starting a highly-successful community bakers

The heart and menopause

What impact does peri-menopause have on women's hearts and why are they at greater risk of heart disease / heart attack post menopause? What can women do to protect their hearts? Dr Vikram Talaulikar helps

The battle for equality in women’s heart health

A male-oriented vision is still present in almost all fields of healthcare, leading to many misunderstood diseases in women and the persistent misperception of symptoms, says Professor Angela Maas

Busting HRT confusion

What is the difference between oral and trans-dermal oestrogen in terms of safety protocol and why are micronised progesterone or the Mirena coil the preferred options if women need progesterone?

Rest is rust, motion is lotion

Have you ever considered being more active and not started? 'I used to be able to do that - that's a young person's game'. As strong as these thoughts may be, I will show you why they are not objectively true, says Ryan Faldo

Vaginal Atrophy (GSM)

What is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM - the medical term now used to describe Vaginal Atrophy), how would a woman know and what can we do about it? Dr Vikram Talaulikar discusses this unpleasant condition

Think your way to better pain management

Chronic pain can have a devastating effect on our wellbeing and quality of life. Dr Caroline Marlow explains the role of psychology in how we experience chronic pain and some of the beliefs that she helps people consider to manage their pain better

It's a HIIT!

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for five years increases quality of life and improves cardiorespiratory fitness more than moderate exercise, says Professor Ulrik Wisløff

The penis - what everyone should know

Half of the world's population has one, the other half may sometimes come into contact with one. However, most people know very little about the penis. Professor Dr Piet Hoebeke answers those questions you were afraid to ask

Alzheimer's and HRT

With twice as many women than men suffering with Alzheimer's, what it the latest evidence in terms of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and protection? Dr Vikram Talaulikar and Professor Isaac Manyonda clarify things

Obesity, diabetes and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many worries to us all, but those with diabetes and a higher BMI have been disproportionally hit by the severity of the effects of the virus. Dr Paul Ettlinger of the London General Practice discusses the evidence

Bodies beautiful

The human body is incredibly beautiful. Its colours, shadings, shapes and intricate textures excite pleasure; crinkles, creases, scars and tattoos incite curiosity. As we age, it changes, says Professor Joanna Bourke

Are you connected to your womb?

Two years ago I was suffering with excruciating pain during my 28 day cycle. The pain was so bad that I could not stand up to get out of bed for hours, says Hazel Cake, complementary therapist

Vulval and vaginal cancers

Vulval and vaginal cancers are rare. Professor Isaac Manyonda and Dr Vikram Talaulikar talk about symptoms and how they are treated

Omega-3 and omega-6 in the balance

Our diets often contain too much omega-6 fatty acids. Judy Bentley, a qualified nutritionist, talks about getting the right balance between omega-3 and omega-6

Pancreatic cancer

It is essential to raise awareness of this cancer, as it has the lowest survival rate amongst all major cancers. Only 1% of patients with pancreatic cancer survive for 10 years or more following their diagnosis, says Dr Sanjay Mehta

Stress, resilience and personality

When isolated, negative feelings can become exaggerated as we've lost the point of reference with others and any feelings of anxiety may well become overwhelming. How does our personality affect things?

Gynaecological cancers

'Gynaecological cancer' refers to the five cancers that start in a woman's reproductive system. Professor Manyonda and Dr Talaulikar consider womb and cervical cancer.

From policing to coaching

Di Roskilly talks about how her career progressed in the Police and her change to coaching at midlife

The prostate and prostate cancer

The prostate can be affected by cancer, so it is important to be aware of where it is, how to check and what to do. Dr Ettlinger of the London General Practice, talks about possible problems and solutions

From Alzheimer's to omega-3

Judy Bentley, a qualified nutritionist, looks at the importance of polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 from oily fish

My menopause experience

Bev Ward talks about her own 'menopause experience' and how she used it to get her degree.

Fibroids - some useful information

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths from the muscle of the uterine wall. Professor Manyonda and Dr Talaulikar discuss when they need treatment and how they are treated

Physical and psychological wellbeing

A sizeable proportion of women experience significant symptoms that negatively impact on their quality of life. These can become a frequent occurrence, say Professor Manyonda and Dr Talaulikar

How reflexology can help

A balanced body is a healthy body, says Sarah Corrie and she explains how reflexology can help

Yoga: find the peace beneath

Yoga offers a peace that is so desperately needed in this time of change. You don’t have to be graceful or flexible. You don’t have to be size 8 or into veganism. You just have to turn up, says Deborah Winchester

Sex and the menopause

Professor Isaac Manyonda and Dr Vikram Talaulikar take a look at the changes in libido and sexual satisfaction during the menopause and what can be done about it

Top 'good mood foods'

Simple guidelines will help support your body's hormones and chemicals making your life happier and easier. Judy Bentley, professional nutritionist, tells us how different foods can affect our mood

Hypnotherapy for life's transitions

Hypnotherapy can help alleviate symptoms during menopause

On thought leadership

Should we think for ourselves or have our thoughts led by others? What is thought leadership, anyway?

Training - online, on target?

Training - online versus face-to-face. Hardly a new topic, but, in our daily experience, one that is still hot and maybe getting more so with the current economic situation. A discussion ...

Honesty - always the right decision?

Most people, if asked, would put honesty high up on their list of values and how they want to live their lives. But, if I were to ask people if they had ever lied, the person who says 'No' is, in fact, lying

Unclogging the arteries of business

If companies are not clear about their vision and values, they run the risk of falling into fear and failure without even realising it

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