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Experiences with the gp

Morning ladies. I've just read somewhere else that a lady went to her gp regarding symptoms and was told to go and see a life coach.

What are your experiences with your GP when you have gone to ask for help?

Most gps don't have the knowledge or experience of menopause to know what to do so write it off. We aren't living in the dark ages anymore and things need to change.

When I first went to see mine he told me I needed an urgent scan so booked me in to an FGM (female genital mutilation) clinic.. Really lol..

I would like to hear of your experiences and what do you think we could do to change things for the next generation so they don't have to go through the same rubbish we are now going through

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  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 317 Community Admin

    What a great idea, Julie!

    I look forward to hearing about your experiences, ladies. This is a safe space to talk, please don't hesitate to join the conversation. 💗

  • DianePorterfield-BourneDianePorterfield-Bourne Posts: 193 Menopause Nurse Practitioner

    @Julie20 and @Blanka_C

    Great idea Julie!! As you can imagine I hear absolutely everything, from concerns HRT gives women breast cancer, have anti depressants, to its normal you just have to get on with it....

    I only get to hear from women who don't have a positive experience from seeing their GP but many GP's are excellent. However we do have a long way to go.

    I am looking forward forward to hearing what others have to say.


    Best wishes

    Diane Porterfield Bourne.

  • MonicaMMonicaM Posts: 152 mod

    @Julie20 @Blanka_C @DianePorterfield-Bourne

    A few of my doctors I don't feel really knew how to handle menopause and it was a little frustrating. I felt like they treated like any other routine problem you need to loose weight which is true I am sure that will help with some of the symptoms, or they would tell me to take an anti-depressant to help with the night sweats and hot flushes but I didn't want to take any anti-depressants if I wasn't depressed.

    But now I go to a GP that studies menopause and I am hoping that I will feel better soon.

  • DianePorterfield-BourneDianePorterfield-Bourne Posts: 193 Menopause Nurse Practitioner

    @MonicaM

    Many women I talk to are firstly offered anti depressants for their menopause symptoms. The NICE guidelines on menopause are clear....HRT should be offered as first line treatment for low mood in menopause. Yet still many women are offered anti depressants and not offered HRT.

    It'

    s about education and support. As it currently stands GP have very little to no training on menopause. Yet menopause affects every single women. It can't be avoided....

    The emphasis then falls onto our shoulders to learn as much as we can. It is essential to speak to health professionals with an interest in menopause/HRT and read trust worthy evidence based information on menopause and HRT. There still remains many scary stories about HRT and breast cancer but a reputable experienced menopause professional will explain the risks and benefits. Any treatments women have or don't have should be discussed and a mutual decision made. If you are not happy with the advice your health professional has given, ask to see someone else with a special interest in menopause.

    Support groups such as this, which are monitored by health professionals specialising in menopause can make such a difference.

    Diane.

  • MonicaMMonicaM Posts: 152 mod

    @DianePorterfield-Bourne

    Thank you for the clarification on the anti-depressants.

    I did change by doctor, I go to someone who specializes in menopause

  • IzzyBIzzyB Posts: 2

    I have two GP experiences (I) a phone consultation where I was told to go and research and given a website. This was no good to me because it didn’t account for my personal situation and (2) I was told not to take HRT because it just delays the menopause. In doing my own research I came across this site and Dr Louise Newson and I went back to my GP and asked for a low dose HRT patch. What a difference it made! My GP practice offered me no help whatsoever.

  • DianePorterfield-BourneDianePorterfield-Bourne Posts: 193 Menopause Nurse Practitioner

    @IzzyB

    I wish I could say yours was an isolated case but unfortunately it isn't. I am pleased you sought out professional advice and you got your HRT. But it should not be up to women to find out what prescribed medications can help with menopause.

    Low dose is great as long as it is helping, if you don't feel 100% please do talk to your GP about increasing. As sometimes it does need tweaking!


    Best wishes

    Diane Porterfield Bourne.

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