I always had a turbulent time with my hormones , the dreaded PMT and then the often unbearable post-natal brain fog and exhaustion . I had made a promise to myself that I would be prepared for the menopause when it happened , I had done all my suffering.
I knew that at 50 my ‘life saver’ oral contraceptive would be stopped and so I decided to see a private menopause doctor, knowing that it was likely that things would not run smoothly. Several hundred pounds later I learned that I had gone through the peri-menopause whilst on the pill!(Hooray for me I thought quietly to myself)...
As I explored further I recognised that that there were so many women relying on their GP’s for information when, unless the GP had undertaken further training in the menopause, then a fundamental lack of recognition and understanding was liable to cause further distress and confusion. I discovered that there were many who really could not afford to see a private menopause specialist but were so desperate for help that this is exactly what they felt impelled to do. I knew there had to be a better alternative.
I began attending specialist courses and joined the British Menopause Society , absorbing all the evidence and information available. I soon learned that despite my pill reducing it's severity ,I had actually been having symptoms of the menopause for 10 years. This was shocking to me. How could I not have known this ? How could my assortment of female GP’s not have known this ? I now realised that I’d experienced a number of panic attacks which I had tried and failed to explain. I had visited the GP with numerous symptoms, including repeat conjunctivitis and a strange sensation ‘inside’. I had visited every toilet in every town I’d ever been to! I had been freezing every night for years and despite undertaking thyroid tests I was left with no other suggestion as to what was happening to me.
I feel impelled to do something to help other women avoid my situation , particularly those who can not afford the luxury of a private menopause doctor. I was fortunate that my symptoms, although varied, were not as severe as they might have been without the pill. Many other women are not so lucky and can lose years of good quality life to anxiety and depression associated with menopause. It’s not just about hot flushes and a bad mood, which is how I had once envisaged it. It’s so much more complicated and for some it is life changing , BUT it can be treated.
The Hormone Pharmacist was born !
I want to offer you the opportunity to discuss your specific symptoms and to provide evidence based information,using NICE guidelines, to help you make the best treatment choices for YOU.
You should understand and feel empowered to discuss your choices with your GP .
I will provide you with a detailed treatment plan to this end.
If needed ,I can refer you to our in-house private GP’s with recommendations.
Lindsey qualified as a pharmacist in 1991 and has spent over 20 years working in numerous roles across the industry when not being a full-time mum. She has extensive experience of patient counselling and is a member of the British Menopause Society and holds the International Menopause Society course cert