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Midlife Matters Meetings - selected videos from our free online sessions

RDPI runs free online talks with our Clinical Partners, Professor Isaac Manyonda and Professor Vikram Talaulikar (from the Menopause Clinic, London), every first Thursday of the month from 18:30 to 19:30 (UK time). The talks cover a variety of subjects related to the menopause and midlife.

You can sign up for the talks via our Eventbrite page where you will find a list of forthcoming dates and topics.

Below you will find videos from a selection of the talks:




HRT and breast cancer

with Professor Vikram Talaulikar, Menopause Clinic, London and Esher
Vikram is an expert in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and post-reproductive health (the menopause).

Breast cancer is a terrible diagnosis and recently there has been a lot of controversy over the risks of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) in relation to breast cancer, especially in the light of evidence from new studies and re-analysis of results from (now superseded) studies of the early 2000s. It is increasingly recognised that the right HRT, taken in the right formulation for relief from menopausal symptoms, can actually have other long-term health benefits to post-menopausal women.

However, the discussions continue and the long-term evidence is still being collected. But, what about women who have had breast cancer?

Vikram presents up-to-date information about the benefits versus risks of HRT for women with no past breast cancer diagnosis and discusses the options for those who have had breast cancer.



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The menopause: a GPs perspective

with Dr Angela Sharma, GP, Menopause expert and sexologist
Angela is a GP with 20 years experience, a BMS accredited Menopause Specialist and a clinical sexologist.

She has a British Menopause Society's Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care and was trained at King's College Hospital in London. She single-handedly set up and run a busy menopause clinic at her NHS practice and offers women full education / advice about menopause, HRT and non-hormonal treatment, as well as lifestyle advice.

Angela is the co-founder of a private online menopause and sexology clinic (Spiced Pear Health). She runs the clinic With her partner, Dr Angela Wright, who has a similar holistic approach to the individual and a particular interest in sexual dysfunction. They want to bring the approach which our NHS patients value so much to a bigger audience, and are committed to increasing the wider access of women to education about menopause and their sexuality.




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Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

with Professor Vikram Talaulikar, Menopause Clinic, London and Esher
Vikram is an expert in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and post-reproductive health (the menopause).

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (or POI) is where the ovaries stop functioning properly significantly earlier in life than the average age of the menopause (51 in the UK). The term POI is used when the menopause happens below the age of 40 and, in some instances, much younger, even in the teens and 20s. It means that there is no more egg activity (although some women (5-10%)) may still conceive naturally if no cause has been found for POI) and the ovaries stop producing oestrogen and progesterone. The lack of hormones can have significant implications for long-term wellbeing including bone, heart and brain health.




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Fibroids and endometriosis

with Professor Vikram Talaulikar, Menopause Clinic, London and Esher
Vikram is an expert in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and post-reproductive health (the menopause).

Both fibroids and endometriosis are hormone-dependent problems. Oestrogen and progesterone have differential effects on the two conditions. Vikram discusses the risks and benefits of HRT for women with menopausal symptoms with a pre-existing diagnosis of either of these conditions.




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