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Nottingham Police force offer menopause policy at work

Detective Constable Keeley Mansell from the Nottingham Police Force joined us to talk about the new measures introduced at her work to help their female officers cope with the menopause.

After suffering debilitating symptoms at the age of 38, Keeley contacted the force's women's network association to see what changes could be made.

The force has now introduced rooms for menopausal staff to use if they are in need of a break or are experiencing particularly bad symptoms.

They will also ensure menopausal women sit near doors and have better access to showers to help them cope with hot flushes. It's hoped the scheme will be rolled out at other forces across the country.

Menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson also joined us to give her thoughts on the scheme and her advice for women going through the menopause.

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Tips for getting a good night's sleep during menopause

Reinforcing estrogen levels is really important, especially when it comes to sleep

– Health and wellbeing expert Liz Earle

Many women struggle with a lack of sleep during menopause. Hormonal changes can cause sleepless nights. Health and beauty expert Liz Earle shares with us some simple tips to encourage a better night's sleep and improve your wellbeing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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