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Menopause Hormone Therapy shortages in Australia

There has been a recent shortage of some menopause hormone therapy (MHT) preparations in Australia in 2020. 

Many of these shortages have now been resolved or should be resolved by early to mid-2021.

It is advised that you visit your doctor/GP well before your prescription expires to ensure that you are not left without the preparation you need. Should the preparation you need not be available your doctor will be able to supply a substitute until the shortage of your regular preparation is resolved. 

The Australasian Menopause Society provides information on appropriate substitution products:

MHT/HRT Doses Australia

You may also wish to talk to your pharmacist to see which substitution product they do have available before visiting your GP. 

Clearing the fog during menopause

Finding it hard to concentrate at certain times of the month? Your hormones could be causing brain fog.

In the days leading up to their periods, many premenstrual women have long complained about poor concentration, having trouble remembering things, even struggling to make a decision. It’s called brain fog or ‘brain fatigue’ and has finally become a serious topic in women’s health.

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Foods for menopause

It sounds too good to be true – but are there particular foods or dietary changes that can help improve the symptoms of menopause? We speak to Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella to find out.

First things first: what is menopause?

Menopause is the final menstrual period – and it’s a natural part of life. The average age for women in Australia to reach menopause is 51 or 52 years, but anytime from 45 to 55 years is common. 

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Why do women gain weight during menopause?

meditaion menopause

Image: A recent study suggests that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety, and depression.

For most women, perimenopause – the transition to menopause – begins in their 40s. The entire menopause process typically lasts around four years and begins with the ovaries making less estrogen. A woman is considered to be post-menopausal when she hasn’t experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. This usually occurs between the ages of 46 to 52 years.

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Hormones, mental health and menopause

 hormonal emotional health

How hormones impact your mental health during enopause.

What's the connection between hormones and mental health? How do our hormonal changes affect our emotional wellbeing? And what are some ways we can nurture positive mental health?

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