Let's Talk / Uncategorized / More thoughts on managing the symptoms of the menopause – weekend blog 11th October 2019. As a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar recently on various topics with different speakers. Diane Danzebrink who is a Well Being Consultant and known as The Menopause Counsellor, was one of the key note speakers. She is leading a campaign to raise awareness of the menopause in the work place, you can find her on face book and on twitter. She had some very interesting points to make but also some very factual information too some of which I was unaware of and thought would be worth sharing. Firstly the subject of oestrogen, as I have blogged before it nourishes tissues but what I didn’t realise was, that our brains are also full of oestrogen receptors and it also protects bone, heart, regulates cholesterol and in fact there are oestrogen receptors throughout our body. This started to make me think of what the effects our decreasing oestrogen levels, are really having on many aspects of our health. Then there is progesterone which is the main calmer and promotes good sleep, normalises blood sugars, reduces anxiety and unfortunately is the first hormone to fall rapidly. She also touched on sometimes a taboo subject, vaginal dryness which in itself is at best uncomfortable, but it also often results in repeated UTI’s because of the lack of oestrogen in the pelvic area and the tissue in that area becoming very thin, leading to dryness, soreness and irritation. She recommends a book by Jane Lewis ‘Me and My Menopause’ I have downloaded it onto my kindle but yet to read it, but I will and then offer some insights into her thoughts. There were some other interesting topics she covered but I will come back to this on my next blog. On a different note I had a lovely time this week end looking after my two grand daughters while my son and daughter in law had some much needed alone time! They were both really good and it was lovely to spend some alone time with them too. As Saturday was so lovely we had over 2 hours out and about going to the park and getting fresh air, grandad was on hand to and then Rosie had ballet on the Sunday so the week end past in a blur, I didn’t get to see much of my grandson but he looked very handsome at a birthday party he went to today and he has even been copying his grandad (who he calls bear) and putting his pencils behind his ear, feeling blessed.