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MenoClass is the first of its kind in the UK to offer support, education and exercise to help you to take control of menopause. Each session includes 15 minutes discussion on topics such as weight gain, HRT, lost libido, confidence crisis and busting menopause myths. Talking, sharing and supporting each other helps everyone to realise – it’s not just me then!

This is followed by 45 minutes of fabulous fitness routines to great music which will help you to improve fitness, muscle tone, bone health and body confidence. Each exercise can be done at one of three levels (1, 2, or 3 flames) depending on how hot you want to get. There’s no complex choreography, yet the routines ensure you get a full workout for heart health, some impact for boosting bones, mat work for core strength and muscle tone, balance work and stretches to keep aches and pains at bay, followed by a mindful cool down.

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  • Are you friendly and a good listener?
  • Do you like helping people?
  • Do you enjoy dancing (even if it’s only in the kitchen!)?

If the answer is yes, yes, yes, then we need you! We can give you all the training and support you need to become a MenoLeader, helping women through and beyond menopause.

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Menopause signals prime time to prioritise your bone health 

Menopause signals prime time to prioritise your bone health 

Did you know that menopause is a major risk factor for a sharp drop in bone density leaving you vulnerable to osteoporosis? Because you can’t see or feel your bones losing their density, you can be completely unaware of the problem until you have a fracture. By which time the disease is far harder to treat and manage. Unlike other menopause symptoms that will improve over time, deteriorating bone health will simply get worse if you don’t address it.  Knowing that menopause will trigger a change in your body’s ability to build healthy bone tissue, now is the time to take action to prevent this disease.  And the sooner you start, the better. What happens to my bones during menopause? Oestrogen plays a key role in the formation of bone tissue. It does this by keeping the balance between bone formation (building up) and bone resorption (breaking down).  As oestrogen levels drop during and after menopause, bone resorption increases, accelerating bone loss. This, in turn, puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis and suffering bone fractures. If you have an early menopause before the age of 45, you’re at an even greater risk of this happening. It’s thought that women can lose up to 20% of their bone density between five to seven years after menopause and scientists estimate that up to half of all women aged over 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. How can I build new bone tissue? Bone is made up of living tissue which can be regenerated if you stimulate your bone building cells (osteoblasts) into action. Here at Menohealth we specialise in weight bearing exercises designed to boost your bone building activity. Aerobic activity that involves you ‘landing’ on your feet – including running, jumping and skipping – is good for your bones. In addition, lifting weights like dumbbells and kettlebells and using your own bodyweight in exercises like squats, lunges and press ups all make your muscles pull on your bones to stimulate them into action.  Staying physically active is your first line of defence against losing bone density alongside eating a healthy diet including good sources of calcium, vitamin D and leafy greens.  Not smoking and minimising your alcohol intake are also strongly advised. Best kept secret revealed – Marodyne LiV Marodyne LiV is another way to naturally build stronger bones.  It does this by delivering Low Intensity Vibrations (LiV) that will stimulate your body’s bone building factory into action. LiV is backed by over 50 years of scientific research and Marodyne LiV is clinically proven to naturally prevent and combat osteoporosis while improving movement, flexibility and freedom in just 10 minutes a day. The low intensity vibrations delivered by Marodyne LiV are targeted low-magnitude mechanical signals precisely set at a frequency of 30 Hz which is known to stimulate your body’s stem cells to reform bone and muscle tissue. The device is very easy to use: you simply stand on its low platform for 10 minutes a day. That’s it! As you do so, you’ll feel the low-intensity vibrations send a pleasant and gentle buzz through your body. The sensation is very gentle and sometimes described as being like a purring cat.   No side-effects and 100% natural You’ll be reassured to know that the device has no side-effects or contra-indications, meaning it can be used safely alongside all prescription drugs and/or HRT medication commonly offered during and after menopause. Prevention better than cure Marodyne LiV can be used to combat osteopenia and osteoporosis but, like most things in life, ‘prevention is better than cure’. Knowing that the moment you start the menopause, your oestrogen levels will drop and your bone health will be compromised, taking preventative action to maintain your bone density with Marodyne LiV makes perfect sense. Here at Menohealth we are always on the lookout for new and complementary ways to keep you fit, healthy and well. We can definitely see the potential for Marodyne LiV to play its part. We also love the fact it can be used long into later life, making it a great investment in your long-term health.   Built by NASA The history of Marodyne LiV began 35 years ago when Professor Clinton Rubin from the Stony Brook State University of New York was commissioned by NASA to understand how mechanical signals can influence the musculoskeletal system. Astronauts’ bones don’t experience loads while they are weightless in space and this leads to the loss of bone mineral density, just as in osteoporosis. On average, an astronaut loses as much bone in space in one month as a perimenopausal woman does on earth in one year. Professor Rubin and his research teams broke the code and found that low-intensity vibrations that deliver a precise and targeted low-magnitude mechanical signal at a frequency of exactly 30 Hz will stimulate and regulate critical stem-cell processes to trigger the body to regenerate bone tissue. It took 35 years to perfect the technology that resulted in the Marodyne LiV device that you can buy to use at home.  Certified and safe Certified as a safe and effective tool to help people with osteopenia and osteoporosis, Marodyne LiV is supported by a number of clinical studies that prove low-intensity vibration can help prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women and promote bone and muscle growth in younger osteoporotic women. See more here www.livmd.co.uk   A word of warning Low Intensity Vibration (LiV) must not be confused with Whole Body Vibration (WBV) – which you find in more vigorous vibrating plates at the gym. In fact, WBV is contra-indicated for people with poor bone health, so it’s best avoided if you have any concerns about your bone health.

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Group support for women during menopause and beyond

Group support for women during menopause and beyond

Recent research by Women in Sport found that: “Women in midlife feel largely ignored, invisible and irrelevant, and this is particularly true when it comes to sport and exercise. Yet sustaining fitness and activity levels for women of this age has such life-changing benefits in relation to happiness, mental wellbeing and physical health, now and into later life.” You can read the findings and recommendations in their excellent report – Inspiring women to be active during midlife and menopause   At MenoHealth we are acutely aware of the barriers women face during this stage of life that prevent them from exercising. In fact, this was the driving force behind launching an all-in-one programme that offered support, information and exercise to empower women to take control of menopause. Our own research has shown how important having a relatable role model leading the exercise session can be in motivating, empathising with and helping women to get (and stay) active. Here are two stories showing how Rachel and Teressa turned their lives around with the help of our MenoHealth Leader Charlie Barber. Rachel’s story “I was lucky to have a new menopause support group set up in my NHS workplace by our staff engagement team.  This was to support all women in my workplace going through menopause whether it’s natural, peri, surgical or early menopause.  It was set up to enable us to have a safe and supportive environment to share our feelings, coping mechanisms, support of each other, raise awareness, and much needed discussions with other, wider teams and management.  It was also set up to look into how best our employers can support us to manage work while suffering from all the challenging aspects of the menopause. Charlie (a qualified MenoHealth Leader) was invited to the group to give a talk on the menopause and what Menohealth can offer.  She really inspired me as she has been through a very similar situation to mine.  It really pushed me to look at some issues I may have been trying to deal with on my own and not getting very far.  I did not have the specialist support, from health services to manage all my complex surgical menopause symptoms I feel I lacked motivation and wider encouragement to look at how sport can support my menopause health and improve symptoms and wellbeing.  I was anxious to start off with due to my capabilities and other disabilities and how much I would be able to manage.  Charlie’s support and encouraging energy has given me the motivation and guidance to make changes to my health through weekly exercises classes, nutrition, hints and tips.  I’ve noticed my flexibility, muscles strength, mindfulness and mental health have greatly improved with weekly support. I absolutely love the classes with Charlie and meeting the other ladies in a similar situation as mine, they are so supportive, I have learnt a lot from them.  I feel less isolated now, as I was 40 when I had surgery.  I had no one of my age to talk to then, so the support and classes have given me back an enthusiasm for life that was missing. I wanted to help myself be the best I can, but just needed that guidance. I needed some confidence around exercises, and how that could fit into my lifestyle that I could manage. I have the best teacher I could wish for; Charlie and her support has been invaluable.” Teressa’s story “My perimenopause started with heavy periods, problems with my Mirena Coil and a scan which found I had a grapefruit sized fibroid. From this, I then had to go for an embolisation to reduce it, but that never worked. Due to the heavy bleeding, I had to carry on taking my previously prescribed Tranexamic Acid to try and stop the heavy periods. In the meantime, I started to experience hot flushes and anxiety, so I then went to my Doctor for HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). I was refused it as advised that my blood pressure was too high and I had to get that under control before being prescribed it. I was in tears at surgery. Once my blood pressure started to become under control, I was sent for a blood test, which I later found out from attending a menopause talk, that this would not give correct result as hormone levels can change on a daily basis and to advise my Doctor of the NICE guidelines “no need for women over 45 to have blood test to be prescribed HRT”, and I was advised to request HRT from my Doctor. In the meantime, our staff engagement team at work sent out a link to the MenoHealth website and their online classes, as this was during lockdown. I have to say, that I had never stuck at any exercise before then, but absolutely loved it. It is a place where you can chat to ladies going through similar experiences, are given menopause guidance and nutritional advice and a fantastic exercise class. I then went back to my Doctor armed with info and was then prescribed HRT. After 4 months I started to feel lots better, but at this point I had lost my sex drive. I was then thinking that it would be best to stop taking my HRT, but thanks to guidance and signposting from my menopause leader I am now feeling back to normal! I decided that I didn’t want to suffer with heavy horrible periods anymore, so asked my Doctor to send me for another scan and I am now waiting to be referred to a gynaecologist to have a hysterectomy. Since starting the online MenoHealth classes, I can honestly say that I have never felt this mentally or physically strong and now I attend classes 3 times a week and my fitness has really improved. The sessions are fun, informative and make you feel amazing.” We all know we need to keep active for long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing. But we often lack the motivation, energy, confidence or time; sometimes menopause symptoms prevent us from exercising such as joint pain, heavy periods, genito-urinary symptoms or fatigue. Yet finding the right type of exercise can actually improve some symptoms, help with weight loss, help you feel less stressed and more in control. MenoHealth can be a stepping stone to get you back to being active, staying healthy and happy through menopause and beyond. Click here to contact Charlie or book a MenoClass. 

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How we’re coping with the Menopause at CRN West Midlands

How we’re coping with the Menopause at CRN West Midlands

How we’re coping with the Menopause at CRN West Midlands

How do we survive it…?

At CRN West Midlands, via our Wellbeing programme, we’ve been lucky enough to have a workshop developed specifically for us, to have a safe place to discuss symptoms, share as much or as little as we like about what our own experiences are and talk about any therapies; medicinal or herbal which have helped us combat our symptoms. Our group was the first one, and as a result of the workshop a Google Community Group was created to post information and share hints and tips, about anything and everything related to the menopause that we thought was worth a share. In addition we have a chat group where we can post at any time if we just want a bit of reassurance or to sound off about something and it works essentially as a support network.

However…

Having initially successfully engaged a small group of our staff who believed they were at some stage of the menopause, we realised we still needed to do more.

Having had the opportunity to attend the World Virtual Menopause session in October 2020, I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop run by Julie Robinson, founder of MenoHealth.

I emailed Julie after the event and so began a discussion about how she could potentially support our workforce with information and guidance about the menopause. Courtesy of the change in working practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were all now working from home, and so Julie offered us some virtual lunchtime Mini-Meno sessions, each one a different themed topic with a discussion lead by Julie and an exercise session.

We were able to also invite staff from our SupraNetwork in the East and Eastern CRN Networks, so as a whole Midlands area, we could offer these sessions to any staff who were interested in attending, regardless of their gender or whether they were menopausal, perimenopausal or just interested.

We averaged around 20 participants at each live Mini Meno session (which is a good response to a Wellbeing workshop in our experience), and shared information with staff after the event. These proved extremely beneficial and we received an overwhelmingly positive response that staff found these sessions met their expectations by 100%.

Lessons learnt…

We found two clear stand out themes; our staff want more awareness in the workplace of what the menopause is, how it affects them, and strategies in place for how they want to be supported to enable them to carry on working in order to perform their jobs effectively. And they overwhelmingly want this to be supported by their line managers.

Secondly, they want a safe space to make contact informally with colleagues. They want to make connections with other colleagues who can empathise and understand, and a place where they can ask questions, seek re-assurance and get the advice and guidance they need.

Next steps..

I took steps to further engage with the Wellbeing leads from our SupraNetwork, and spurred on by such positive feedback from the Mini-Meno sessions, we know we want to focus on these two areas.

We want to actively engage our line managers to have an understanding of what the menopause is and how, as an organisation, we can support our staff effectively. We don’t expect them to be experts, but we do want them to have an understanding, some empathy and the confidence to signpost their staff to appropriate resources and sources of help and support.

We want our staff to have access to a space dedicated to the topic – this is looking more likely to be a designated webpage linked to our Wellbeing resources, which will host advice and guidance/policy documents, but also resources we find ourselves from our own experience or research. This also puts the emphasis on self-awareness and staff taking some responsibility for researching their own symptoms but in a less formal way, and with no judgement.

We want to encourage an informal virtual cafe for anyone who wants to connect about the menopause. We want to produce a short instructional video and make it available to any staff to access in their own time and in a safe space, with links to further information or an option to speak to someone within our Network should they wish to do so.

And finally, arguably most importantly, we want to keep the conversation going and normalise the topic of menopause. We know we have younger female colleagues who are interested in finding out more information in order to educate themselves in advance, rather than just ‘waiting for menopause to happen to them’. We’ve also had interest from staff keen to support family members currently experiencing menopause.

We found from group discussions that women are still not feeling supported enough by their healthcare professionals (GPs, Nurse Practitioners etc) to either know in advance what to prepare for, or equally when presenting to their GP with menopausal symptoms, they feel let down by a lack of knowledge, awareness and support.

We now understand that, ‘fore-warned is fore-armed’ – you will still need to find out this information for yourself, and build up an approach to your menopause for yourself. However, the more knowledge you have, the more strategies in place, the better your menopause experience will be. And what a great acknowledgement of that, to know you also helped support colleagues and friends through that process.

We are a female dominated workforce, and we know the majority of our workforce will experience the menopause in some form at some point, so why not ensure they are safe, supported and aware before it happens.? We are part of the NHS, our job is to protect patients, but we need to protect ourselves first and foremost in order to be of service to others.

With this in mind, and to give us time to develop our own strategies we are currently working with Julie to run a further set of virtual Mini Meno sessions to enable us to build on the success of our previous sessions and most importantly, continue to engage our staff to feel confident and supported when discussing the menopause.

To address the demand for a suitable support and exercise programme for busy women – both at work and at home – MenoHealth have launched a 10 week programme of support, education and exercise sessions. 15 minutes covers the main questions and talking points of menopause of menopause such as weight gain, brain fog, hot flushes and HRT. This is followed by 15 minutes of easy exercises you can do at your desk without changing into exercise gear or getting hot and sweaty.

Contact us for more information on how you can become empowered to take control of your menopause.

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