Nursing Standard podcast: is it work-related fatigue… or the menopause? A nurse’s guide

Menopause specialist Louise Newson discusses how to identify symptoms and deal with the life changes it brings

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Louise Newson

You have a low mood, feel exhausted and irritable, and aren’t sleeping well. It may be the demands of nursing – but could it be the perimenopause or menopause?

In the latest Nursing Standard podcast, menopause specialist and GP Louise Newson discusses how to identify these life changes.

How to recognise the symptoms of menopause

Dr Newson talks to RCNi head of news and features Kat Keogh about nurses who thought their symptoms were work-related rather than signs of the perimenopause or menopause.

She explains how to monitor these symptoms and prepare for a medical consultation to seek treatment. She also talks about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy to alleviate symptoms and the role of diet, sleep and exercise, as well as related lack of motivation.

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Dr Newson is the founder of the balance app and My Menopause Doctor, and in 2019 published her first book, Menopause Manual. She is the founder and director of Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre, located in Stratford-upon-Avon.

She emphasises that it is possible to have a good menopause and stay in work with the right treatment and lifestyle.

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