These women have the symptoms, but are they really menopausal?

On today’s show, Dr Hilary joined us along with his wife Dee, who was one of five women given a blood test by us to see if they really are menopausal.

All of the woman, who range from 46-52 years old, are experiencing menopausal symptoms.

“Unless you do the blood test, somebody might assume they’re in the menopause and ask for HRT where it isn’t appropriate.” Dr Hilary explained, “Whereas other ladies who do have symptoms that are suggestive, actually are in the menopause and would be very eligible for appropriate HRT therapy.”

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The Menopause Monologues: Kate Garraway, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore open up about their menopause experience

Since my menopause, I wake up in the morning, and it's a bit like there’s a tonne of bricks on my shoulders.

– Nadia Sawalha

This morning we heard from some famous faces about their experiences of menopause. Kate Garraway, Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore, Helen Lederer and Helen Thorn opened up about how they were affected, from exhaustion to mood changes to insomnia.

Have you got a fertility-related question for Dr Hilary?

As part of National Fertility Awareness Week, Dr Hilary will be answering your fertility-related questions on Thursday's show.

Are you having difficulties conceiving or accessing IVF? Perhaps you're undergoing IVF treatment but still struggling to get pregnant? Email your questions and concerns to before 5pm on Wednesday 1 November for a chance to have them answered on the show.

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Liz Earle tells us about the importance of a healthy gut for balancing our hormones during menopause

If we can improve our gut health and get more of the gut-beneficial bacteria working for us, chances are we’ll even out our hormones and we’ll feel so much better too.

– Liz Earle

During menopause many women experience changes in their gut bacteria which can be very influential on their hormones. Health and beauty expert Liz Earle explains what foods you should be eating to improve your gut health, and how this can help keep a good hormonal balance during menopause.

Should employers put policies in place to help staff going through menopause?

Women are being signed off with depression, anxiety, migraines, and they don’t realise it’s related to the menopause.

– Dr Louise Newson

The symptoms of menopause can severely affect a woman’s life, however 70% don’t tell their employers about their suffering.

Dr Louise Newson joined us in the studio to discuss the effects menopause can have on women in the workplace, and whether more should be done to help.

Meg Mathews on her menopause experience: 'I had such anxiety, I couldn't leave the house for two months.'

As part of our The M Word series, we want to encourage women to talk openly and honestly about their experiences of menopause.

On this morning's show we spoke to Meg Mathews who is on a mission to help remove the stigma surrounding the topic.

Frank Bruno speaks candidly about mental health battle: ‘It's like a pressure cooker, once it boils over, it just goes.'

British boxing icon Frank Bruno joined Lorraine on the sofa this morning to open up about his mental health struggles, and why he believes it’s important to encourage people to talk.

Watch Frank's full interview above.