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Why your best sex is yet to come – making love during the menopause

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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. Various studies have shown that anywhere from 40-50% of menopausal women experience a loss of sex drive, and around 1 in 3 experience vaginal dryness related to the menopause. That’s why we were delighted to run our very first live event focusing on both of these topics.

In this webinar, ‘Why Your Best Sex Is Yet To Come – Making Love During the Menopause’, My Menopause Centre’s co-founders Helen Normoyle and Dr Clare Spencer (Registered Menopause Specialist and GP) are joined by Sue Makin (Counsellor and Sex Therapist) and Eleanor Gardner (Founder of Pelvic Relief) where they discuss:  

  • Some of the common gynaecological symptoms experienced during the menopause that can affect a woman’s ability to have or enjoy sex
  • Loss of sex drive (loss of libido)
  • The treatment options available – from HRT, lubes and sex toys, to sex and relationship counselling.

You can read more about reviving your sex drive in our blog or in this article about loss of sex drive.

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Event speakers

Dr Clare Spencer

Dr Clare Spencer

Registered Menopause Specialist and GP


Dr Clare is a registered menopause specialist and an NHS GP. She qualified from Cambridge University and holds Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She initially trained in obstetrics and gynaecology where gained a Doctor of Medicine for research in fetomaternal medicine.

As well as her role of Clinical Director at My Menopause Centre, she currently runs an NHS menopause service and is a GP partner in a practice in Leeds. She is also a British Menopause Society menopause trainer and is involved in educating GPs about the menopause transition through talks, lectures and seminars. Dr Spencer has written menopause training modules and pathways for, the Primary Care Women’s Health forum publication, Her Life Her Health, and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust.

Sue Makin

Sue Makin

Counsellor and Sex Therapist

BSc. Therapeutic Counselling, Dip. PST, Cert. CC, Cert. Online Coun., Dip. Sup., IAPT Dip. CTfD, IAPT Dip. CTFD Sup., Reg. MBACP, Accred. COSRT, Accred. BSCPC, Accred. BSCPC Sup., Accred. COSRT Sup.

Sue is an experienced counsellor, sex therapist, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapist) practitioner, mindfulness practitioner, coach and supervisor. She runs a successful private practice in Ilkley and Leeds, also working for Macmillan as a psychosexual therapist, and a supervisor of therapists in Jersey and Alderney. Sue has developed her psychosexual service over the last 20 years, gaining her BSc. in Therapeutic Counselling 27 years ago then qualifying as a sex therapist and couples counsellor. She is an Accredited COSRT psychosexual therapist and Accredited COSRT Supervisor. Sue trained with Tavistock in IAPT Couples Therapy for Depression and is an Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor with BSCPC.

Eleanor Gardner

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.

Helen Normoyle

Helen Normoyle

Co-founder, My Menopause Centre

Helen Normoyle, a self-described women’s wellness champion, is on a mission to raise awareness of the 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.

Prior to co-founding My Menopause Centre with Dr Clare Spencer, she held Chief Marketing Officer roles across the healthcare, beauty, broadcast, furniture and property sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide respectively.

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