• Powering through the menopause

    The menopause can be a challenging journey for many women. Enhancement of health and wellbeing through supportive holistic approaches can smooth this time of transition for many.

HEALTHY AGEING FOR WOMEN

We all want to age well. Significant changes occur to the body, structurally and physiologically during the perimenopausal and post-menopausal years. Women are often given the impression that such changes and their consequences are inevitable and must simply be put up with. This is not true. Health and wellbeing can be enhanced during this phase of life through changes in lifestyle, exercise, nutrition sleep strategies, supplements, non-hormonal treatments and, of course, hormonal replacement therapies.

ENHANCING YOUR HEALTH

Taking such approaches seriously on an individual customised basis is important not just for the years around the menopause but also for healthy ageing long term. Women deserve comprehensive assessment and education about what is good for them, what will work, and what will not, in enhancing their health in these important years and beyond.

JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN

Most women experience some symptoms at the menopause. Whilst hot flushes, a decline in libido, altered mood are all commonly recognised and discussed, musculoskeletal symptoms – muscle and joint pain, a higher tendency to soft tissue injuries that are often severe and limiting, poor recovery from exercise and declines in fitness and wellbeing – are common important features that are often poorly addressed.
Additionally, although a range of musculoskeletal symptoms and fatigue around the time of the menopause are often due to changes in hormone levels, this is also the age that other conditions, including autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid disease, can occur.

BONE HEALTH

Bone health is also a vitally important area to consider around the time of the menopause. Low bone mass if severe enough can become osteoporosis where there is a critical risk of fracture. Bone loss is a silent phenomenon, showing itself only in health screens – or if a fracture occurs. The loss of bone occurs precipitously around the time of the menopause, and screening for this, and reducing it, and treating where necessary should be considered in all women.

STAYING FIT & WELL THROUGH THE MENOPAUSE

Maintaining and improving fitness is an important part of healthy ageing but achieving this in the face of hormonal changes can be challenging. The body does not respond to exercise in the same way, recovery is often lower, and exercise regimes often need to change to allow safe and enjoyable exercise to be sustained. Nutritional changes and in some cases supplements may be indicated.
These issues – musculoskeletal health, fitness and performance around the menopause and beyond are focal areas of interest in Professor Speed’s clinical practice.

HRT & MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

HRT does not resolve all menopausal symptoms and must be customised to the patient, her symptoms and her needs. A variety of options are available and women should discuss their individual needs with a clinician who is an expert in HRT to find the right approach for them. Sometimes a few types need to be tried before the best option is identified. Professor Speed is not an HRT expert and does not prescribe HRT, but rather is an expert in the musculoskeletal manifestations of the menopause and the challenges of staying fit and happy during the phase of life. She works with physicians who commonly prescribe HRT, to optimise the health of their patients.

Professor Cathy Speed is a Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport & Exercise Medicine and is a Professor of Human Performance. Her practice is based in Cambridge and London. She has an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues during the peri-menopause, provision of holistic care, and in the promotion of health and well-being at this important stage.

HEALTHY AGEING FOR WOMEN

Healthy Ageing for Women

We all want to age well. Significant changes occur to the body, structurally and physiologically during the perimenopausal and post-menopausal years. Women are often given the impression that such changes and their consequences are inevitable and must simply be put up with. This is not true. Health and wellbeing can be enhanced during this phase of life through changes in lifestyle, exercise, nutrition sleep strategies, supplements, non-hormonal treatments and, of course, hormonal replacement therapies.

Menopause Treatment Plan

ENHANCING YOUR HEALTH

Taking such approaches seriously on an individual customised basis is important not just for the years around the menopause but also for healthy ageing long term. Women deserve comprehensive assessment and education about what is good for them, what will work, and what will not, in enhancing their health in these important years and beyond.

JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN

Most women experience some symptoms at the menopause. Whilst hot flushes, a decline in libido, altered mood are all commonly recognised and discussed, musculoskeletal symptoms – muscle and joint pain, a higher tendency to soft tissue injuries that are often severe and limiting, poor recovery from exercise and declines in fitness and wellbeing – are common important features that are often poorly addressed.
Additionally, although a range of musculoskeletal symptoms and fatigue around the time of the menopause are often due to changes in hormone levels, this is also the age that other conditions, including autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid disease, can occur.
Exercise and Menopause Symptoms

STAYING FIT & WELL THROUGH THE MENOPAUSE

Maintaining and improving fitness is an important part of healthy ageing but achieving this in the face of hormonal changes can be challenging. The body does not respond to exercise in the same way, recovery is often lower, and exercise regimes often need to change to allow safe and enjoyable exercise to be sustained. Nutritional changes and in some cases supplements may be indicated.
These issues – musculoskeletal health, fitness and performance around the menopause and beyond are focal areas of interest in Professor Speed’s clinical practice.
Bone Health in the Menopause

BONE HEALTH

Bone health is also a vitally important area to consider around the time of the menopause. Low bone mass if severe enough can become osteoporosis where there is a critical risk of fracture. Bone loss is a silent phenomenon, showing itself only in health screens – or if a fracture occurs. The loss of bone occurs precipitously around the time of the menopause, and screening for this, and reducing it, and treating where necessary should be considered in all women.

HRT and the Menopause

HRT & MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

HRT does not resolve all menopausal symptoms and must be customised to the patient, her symptoms and her needs. A variety of options are available and women should discuss their individual needs with a clinician who is an expert in HRT to find the right approach for them. Sometimes a few types need to be tried before the best option is identified.

Professor Speed is not an HRT expert, but rather is an expert in the musculoskeletal manifestations of the menopause and the challenges of staying fit and happy during the phase of life. She works with physicians who commonly prescribe HRT, to optimise the health of their patients.

Professor Cathy Speed is a Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport & Exercise Medicine and is a Professor of Human Performance. Her practice is based in Cambridge and London. She has an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues during the peri-menopause, provision of holistic care, and in the promotion of health and well-being at this important stage.

GET IN TOUCH

CAMBRIDGE

The Progress Clinic 
Conqueror House, Vision Park
Chivers Way, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9ZR

T: 01223 200 595 / 01223 200 594
E: speedcambridge@fortiusclinic.com

LONDON

Fortius Clinic Central 
17 Fitzhardinge Street
London W1H 6EQ

T: 0203 195 2442
E: speed@fortiusclinic.com