- DURATION 60 mins
We believe that one of the best ways to smash a taboo is to talk about it, and of all the taboos around the menopause, sex is probably one of the biggest ones. Research by The British Menopause Society has shown that around 40-50% of menopausal women experience loss of sex drive during the menopause transition. The loss of oestrogen experienced during the menopause can affect women’s desire to have sex (libido), and also result in pain during sex due to gynaecological symptoms such as vaginal dryness and irritation.
Join us for this free live session: ‘Sex and the menopause’ where My Menopause Centre’s co-founders - registered menopause specialist and GP Dr Clare Spencer, and Helen Normoyle – will be in conversation with and Eleanor Gardner, co-founder of Pelvic Relief and Trudy Hannington, a Senior Psychosexual Therapist. We’ll cover:
- common gynaecological symptoms experienced during the menopause that can affect a woman’s ability to have or enjoy sex
- loss of sex drive and the treatment options available for both - from HRT, lubes and sex toys, to sex and relationship counselling
We want to make sure this session is as useful, honest and fun as possible so we’d love to hear your questions (anonymous is fine – we get it!).
Drop us a line at [email protected] by Sunday 10th September to get your questions answered.
Meet the Panellists:
Dr Clare Spencer (MA MB BChir (Cantab) DM MRCOG MRCGP)
Dr Clare is a registered menopause specialist and GP. She qualified from Cambridge University and holds Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of General Practitioners. She is the Clinical Director of Menopause Centre and an NHS GP Partner in Leeds, where she also leads a large NHS menopause clinic.
Trudy Hannington is the Senior Psychosexual Therapist who leads a team of 5 psychosexual therapists at the Leger clinic at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.
Trudy has worked in sexual health for over 25 years and specialised as a psychosexual therapist in 2002 after training at the Porterbrook Clinic at Sheffield.
Trudy’s specialist interest is combining medical treatments with sex therapy to optimise outcomes for patients.
She has a special interest in Menopause, in supporting women to access up to date and evidence-based information, so that they can make an informed choice on the best treatment options to suit them.
She also specialises in working with men with testosterone deficiency and sexual difficulties.
Senior Accredited member and Supervisor of COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapists) and Fellow of COSRT
A former Chair of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
Won Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2004.
She is also a Committee Member for the British Society of Sexual Medicine and current Treasurer.
Trudy was also the specialist psychosexual therapist in the Channel 4 documentary “The Week The Women Came”.
Highly qualified in this field Trudy Hannington’s team has NHS contracts with a number of NHS areas in the region and also sees patients on a private basis.
She has lectured nationally and internationally, on the Management of Sexual Dysfunction, most recently in Florida, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Leger Clinic is a flagship service, which offers a “one stop shop” for all areas of sexual difficulty, either medical or psychological.
For more information visit our website at www.legerclinic.co.uk
Eleanor Gardner, Founder of Pelvic Relief
Eleanor has a master’s degree in physiotherapy and has worked in medical devices since 2007.
She founded Pelvic Relief in 2013 bringing together a range of products for pelvic health to manage conditions such as painful sex, incontinence and pelvic pain.
Eleanor works as an ambassador for The YES YES Company, manufacturers of organic lubricants and vaginal moisturisers, attending medical conferences each year on their behalf including The British Menopause Society's Annual Conference.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Helen
Helen co-founded My Menopause Centre with her good friend, Dr Clare Spencer. She is on a mission to raise awareness of menopause and help empower women with the knowledge they need to embrace this new chapter and thrive. Helen is particularly passionate about supporting women in the workplace and helping employers understand the benefits of having a positive menopause policy. Helen has held Chief Marketing Officer roles in a range of sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide. She has also worked in broadcast and telecoms regulation at Ofcom and in the mobile technology sector with Motorola.
Preparing for the Event
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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!
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Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?
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