How to Use Genetic Testing for Menopause

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In this video, I interview Emma Beswick, a Nutritional Therapist and CEO of Lifecode Gx – a company that offers a range of specialist nutrigenomics DNA tests. With genetic tests, you can find out how the genes you have inherited from your parents could lead to potential health risks, depending on what you eat and your lifestyle.

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Show Notes:

0:00 Introduction to Emma Beswick and Lifecode Gx

0:52 How did you get into genetic testing?

2:07 Lifecode GX: from the beginning to now

3:52 What are genomics and nutrigenomics?

5:44 What about epigenetics?

7:23 Lactose tolerance in the genes

8:56 The case of vitamin D

9:54 Which test would you typically recommend to women entering midlife: Oestrogen Balance test

15:31 The impact of oestrogen levels on the nervous system

17:20 The importance of choline

19:52 Heart health and choline

21:12 How do you take a DNA test?

21:54 How to go through the test results

22:58 About Emma’s menopause journey

27:41 The power of having both a genetic and functional test

28:51 Emma’s menopause diet

30:32 If you can’t be disciplined

31:26 Which tip would you give women going through the menopause?

32:28 Question: which top tests for menopause? Nervous system test,

34:47 The Oestrogen Balance test

35:28 The Methylation test

36:57 In which order to take the tests?

38:55 Question: do you think HRT has a place in menopausal women if they have genetic tests to work out how to potentially get rid of bad oestrogen?

40:22 Question: I’m post menopause, not had HRT, 3 years ago, I developed perfume/fragrance sensitivity. Been taking supplements for 9 months – no change – I’m convinced it’s hormones

43:51 Question: What type of supplements would you recommend to balance hormones during perimenopause?

46:13 Question: Do you think we should take magnesium daily?

47:26 Who do you think I should interview next?

48:22 Thanks and farewells

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What happens to women’s pelvic floor during perimenopause and menopause?

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In this video I interview Jane Simpson, a continence nurse specialist. For the last 22 years, Jane has been treating women and men of all ages with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has a special interest in stress incontinence, overactive bladder and urge incontinence, vaginal prolapse, pregnancy and childbirth, the menopause, constipation and bowel dysfunction and sex and the pelvic floor. Jane is also the author of a book called The Pelvic Floor Bible (2019) and is regularly featured in the media: The Times, Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and Channel 5 News. She is also the resident Pelvic floor expert on Mumsnet.

Jane Simpson, Continence Nurse Specialist


0:00 Introduction to Jane Simpson

1:52 What is the pelvic floor?

4:46 What does a continence nurse specialist?

5:48 How do you typically work?

8:04 Do we need to be refered or can we book directly?

8:29 When do you recommend we assess the strength of our pelvic floor?

9:48 The menopause and vaginal dryness

12:02 Don’t wait until things become worse

12:13 The case of prolapse 17: 23 The case of overactive bladder

20:33 Your book: The Pelvic Floor Bible

21:56 High impact exercise and pelvic floor health

22:30 What we NEVER should put up with

23:35 App recommendation: Squeezy

24:49 Knowing what you know today, what did you wish you had known 3 years ago?

25:17 Any tip for women going through the menopause?

26:06 Who do you think I should interview next?

28:11 Thanks and farewells

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The importance of Psychology in Perimenopause and Menopause

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In this video, I interview Dr Becky Quicke, a Menopause Clinical Psychologist who helps women develop self-compassion to enter second spring with more confidence and clarity – via the Meno Stars Collective, online courses, and 1:1 therapy. Becky also trains mental health professionals about menstruality and mental health.

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Becky Quicke, Menopause Clinical Psychologist

Show Notes

0:00 Introduction to Becky Quicke

1:05 The importance of psychology

1:32 Framing context: day 3 and winter

2:09 How does the menopause transition impact our psychology?

6:14 Once connected to true self, how does it impact menopause symptoms?

9:31 What is the name of this process? The third wave

11:57 The human nature state is a level of anxiety

12:51 Women are entering perimenopause burned out, stressed

13:31 Do you consider stress and anxiety the same?

14:49 Do you feel anxiety is worst in the morning?

16:12 How Becky works

19:29 Can you imagine women being compassionate to themselves?

20:23 About HRT

23:26 The Meno Stars Collectives

27:00 Knowing what you know today, what did you wish you had known 3 years ago?

29:21 Any tip for women going through the menopause?

30:49 Who do you think I should interview next?

31:33 Thanks and farewells

Get in touch with Becky


Instagram: @themenopausepsychologist

What is Menopause Yoga?

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In this video, I interview Petra Coveney, founder of the world’s first classes, workshops and teacher training courses for Menopause Yoga, which she launched in 2013, following her own menopause experience. She is also a former journalist and BBC producer – and author of a book on Menopause Yoga that will be published in October for Menopause Month. Petra works with menopause doctors and was the first yoga teacher to join the British Menopause Society for health practitioners.  Her unique approach to the menopause combines both western medical science with eastern wellbeing. She was among the first women in the UK’s wellbeing industry to support a women’s right to choose HRT alongside lifestyle changes – at a time when both the words Menopause and HRT were taboo. 

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Petra Coveney, Menopause Yoga


0:00 Mantra for Menopause Yoga

0:41 Menopause Yoga approach

01:33 Good gut health and mental health

04:58 What is your approach to nutrition?

08:57 World founder of Menopause Yoga

09:40 How did you put together the Menopause Yoga Programme?

13:59 How does menopause yoga differ from the other types of yoga?

18:10 The new class: Yoga and creative event

22:43 Thanks and farewells




What is Menopause Pilates?

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In this video, I interview Dinah Siman, who teaches Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga and Meditation. She is the creator of Menopause Pilates for clients and but also teachers, an accredited training course. She is also collaborating with other Menopause Experts, and supporting the Menopause Charity.  

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Dinah Siman, Menopause Pilates Teacher


0:00 Dinah Siman’s introduction

0:26 What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

02:17 Are there are as many types of Pilates as there are of Yoga?

02:47 Are there principles to Pilates?

03:28 In my studio, you can expect …

06:47 Is Pilates rehabilitation?

07:35 What is Menopause Pilates?

09:15 How many sessions are needed for results?

10:29 Yoga and Pilates: how to choose?

11:24 What about Gyrotonic?

13:58 What would you tell someone who doesn’t like Yoga/Pilates to give it another try?

13:39 Where is your studio?

15:38 What is the menopause charity?

18:46 Would you mind sharing about your own menopause journey?

24:12 What is your best tip for menopause?

26:49 What do you wish you knew 3 years ago?

27:31 Who should I interview next?

28:15 How to attend your Menopause Awareness for Pilates teachers training?

29:55 Thanks and farewells



What’s the best Fitness for Menopause?

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In this video, I interview Sam Palmer, a Menopause Fitness & Health Expert who has been working in female health and fitness for the last 23 years. She is passionate about making fitness fun, functional, and female orientated, offering a whopping 11 classes a week and delivering nine of them – all of her classes are dedicated to women over 45. She’s also founded a women-only running club, and was the running coach of the year for the UK in 2014.

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Sam Palmer, Menopause Health & Fitness Expert

Show Notes

0:06​ Sam Palmer’s introduction

1:13​ Do women tend to not like fitness?

2:04​ The many fitness activities offered to women over 45

9:33​ What made you decide to move into the menopause fitness space?

11:33​ Is menopause considered the third age?

13:01​ How does a menopause fitness course differ from a regular fitness course?

14:12​ What’s the best type of exercise for midlife women?

19:33​ How often should we exercise?

20:28​ Which tracker do you use?

21:34​ What is your favourite type of exercise?

23:36​ How much does exercise impacts menopause symptoms, for example bone density

27:25​ My biggest problem has been anxiety, and exercise helps me a lot

28:20​ 5-min fitness hacks if you’re new to exercise

28:59​ Do you think fitness alone is sufficient for managing menopause symptoms

30:15​ The case of constipation

31:08​ Can you share elements of your menopause journey, since you knew what was coming?

36:41​ Knowing what you know today, what do you wish you’d known 5 years ago?

37:26​ What is your best tip for menopause?

41:23​ Who should I interview next?

42:20​ Thanks and farewells

Get in touch with Sam

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Instagram: @sampalmermidlifemakeover

How to update Makeup for Menopause

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In this video, I interview Sanni Sorma, a hair and makeup artist who works in luxury destination weddings, photoshoots, and TV. She tells us how to adapt our makeup as we age (aka for a typically drier menopause skin), and which products are particularly good for us.

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Sanni Sorma, Hair & Makeup Artist

Show Notes

0:06​ Sanni Sorma’s introduction

2:15​ Do you notice a difference in skin and hair condition from a woman’s mid-30s?

3:58​ Retinol and tretinol – for acne and wrinkles

7:23​ Niacinamide – for breakouts

8:47​ Thank You Farmer – for suncream

11:01​ Revitalash – for regrowing eyebrows & eyelashes

13:26​ How do you find all these exciting products?

15:38​ Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – for skin glow

17:30​ Dr Sebagh Luminous Glow Cream – primer for skin glow

18:37​ How do you create dewy skin?

20:37​ How not to accentuate the pores?

22:59​ How to powder for a dewy skin?

23:51​ Anastasia Brow Freeze – to fix eyebrow issue

28:29​ How to improve red undertone?

31:58​ Always have a neutral lipstick colour

32:46​ How to find lipstick colours that suit you?

34:39​ Knowing what you know today, what do you wish you knew 5 years ago?

35:53​ What’s your best beauty tip?

37:57​ Who do you think I should interview next?

39:11​ Thanks and farewells

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Menopause in Literature

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In this video, I interview Sam Bunch, author of Menopause: A Hot Topic! Sam collects conversations. She is a writer and interviewer, TedX Speaker (Want to learn about life? Stop to Listen), complimentary therapist (naturopath & reflexologist), and a play writer. She is currently interviewing 100 men for her next book.

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Sam Bunch, Author

Her Book: Menopause: A Hot Topic

Menopause: A Hot Topic
Sam Bunch, Author

Show Notes

0:06​ Sam Bunch’ introduction

3:54​ ‘My menopause seems to have given up the ghost’

6:03​ ‘How are you?’

12:34​ What inspired you to write Menopause: A Hot Topic?

18:19​ The Start / The Middle / The end

25:02​ How easy is it to find women to share about their menopause?

16:18​ Did anything help improve your menopause symptoms?

28:50​ Have you found a recurring theme interviewing all these women?

31:15​ What did you learn from writing this book on menopause?

32:46​ Are you a menopause expert?

36:14​ Knowing what you know today, what do you wish you knew 5 years ago?

39:38​ What’s the best tip you’d give about menopause?

40:53​ Who should I interview next?

42:17​ Thanks and farewells

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Menopause and Aromatherapy

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In this video, I have the pleasure to interview Jo Kellett, a holistic aromatherapist specialised in women’s hormonal journey from puberty through to menopause. Jo is not only an aromatherapist, but she’s also a lecturer, author, and blender. Jo is sharing her knowledge about essential oils and her own menopause experience. Among other things, we discussed how aromatherapy and essential oils work, and how they can help manage menopause symptoms.

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Jo Kellet, Holistic Aromatherapist

Show Notes

0:10​ Jo Kellett’s impressive biography

2:48​ How does aromatherapy work?

4:41​. How are essential oils produced?

6:20​ Can essential oils be applied directly on the skin or ingested?

7:41​ What are the side effects of ingesting essential oils?

8:38​ How can aromatherapy help with menopause symptoms?

10:05​ The different ways to use aromatherapy in menopause relief?

10:41​ How many massage treatment sessions to relieve menopause pains?

13:50​ Essential oils can balance hormones: which ones in particular?

16:54​ Herbal medicine vs essential oils

17:50​ How to use essential oils with an oil burner/ diffuser?

19:33​ How to use essential oils on the body?

20:20​ Different concentrations in essential oils?

21:16​ Can essential oils help reduce wrinkles?

22:37​ Where can we learn about aromatherapy and remedies?

24:02​ Is aromatherapy becoming more popular?

24:58​ Controversy: aromatherapy and MLM

27:42​ How to choose a good quality essential oil?

29:44​ Does it matter if the essential oil is organic?

32:16​ Can you tell us about when you helped a woman with menopause symptoms with hot flashes?

34:23​ Which essential oils for insomnia?

36:23​ What did you learn about aromatherapy you wish you knew before?

37:17​ What’s your favourite essential oil?

38:53​ Which oils are good for dry skin during the menopause?

40:41​ Is there anything you’d like to share about menopause?

43:56​ Knowing what you know today, what do you wish you’d known 5 years ago?

45:20​ What’s the best tip you can give our listeners?

46:03​ Who do you think I should interview next?

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Instagram: @fromtheseedaroma



Menopause and Hypnotherapy

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In this video I interview Michelle Baldwin, a Clinical Hypnotherapist specialized in menopause. Michelle Baldwin is a former maternity nurse whose interest in the way the mind and body are connected lead her to retrain as a hypnotherapist. After experiencing difficult menopause symptoms herself, Michelle’s main focus is on helping menopausal women overcome the often debilitating symptoms of menopause and feel amazing. With her help women regain their energy, libido, and ability to function normally as well as lose weight and stop having hot flushes.

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Michelle Baldwin, Clinical Hypnotherapist

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Instagram: @MichelleBaldwinHypnotherapy