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Making love during the menopause

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The best way to smash a taboo is to talk about it, and one of the biggest taboos around the menopause is sex.

In this, webinar, ‘Why Your Best Sex Is Yet To Come – Making Love During the Menopause’ our My Menopause Centre’s co-founder Helen Normoyle and the clinic’s Dr Tonye Wokoma, will be in conversation with Eleanor Gardner, founder of Pelvic Relief, and Trudy Hannington, a Senior Psychosexual Therapist, to get the latest lowdown on love-making in the menopause. Trust us, what these ladies don’t know about sex, sex toys and lubes isn’t worth knowing.

Sex in the menopause can be as wonderful as it was pre-menopause (if not better) – and sexual wellness is as much about our physical and mental wellbeing as it is about pleasure. With the average woman living 36 years postmenopausally, we need to look after our sexual wellbeing.

Catch up on our webinar where Dr Tonye, Trudy and Eleanor discussed:

  • the common gynaecological symptoms experienced during menopause that can impact a woman’s ability to have or enjoy sex (such as vaginal dryness and painful sex)
  • the role that sex plays in our overall wellbeing and why it’s so important to talk – whether with your partner or doctor/healthcare professional
  • why some of us experience a loss of sex drive during the menopause transition
  • the range of solutions available to get your va-va-voom back!

And we’d lots of great questions from our audience!

Here are the links we shared in the webinar:

Symptom checker: loss of  sex drive

HRT – vaginal oestrogens

Menopause advice following gynaecological cancer

Taking HRT and Family History of Breast Cancer

HRT – Testosterone Therapy

HRT – Prescribing Testosterone Off-Licence

Top Tips for Keeping Sex Alive

The Best Sex Toys and Lubes to Help with Menopausal Sex

Pelvic Relief

Lubricants and Moisturisers


Gwen Vibrator

Event speakers

Dr Tonye Wokoma

Dr Tonye Wokoma


Dr Tonye is an experienced Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Community Gynaecology and has been a BMS-recognised menopause specialist for almost 10 years. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in September 2016. She also holds the Faculty of Sexual Reproductive Health (FSRH) Advanced Menopause Certificate and is also the FSRH Menopause Guardian involved in the curriculum, logbook and training in menopause care basic and advanced certificate. A true advocate of women’s health and the menopause, she regularly facilitates and delivers sessions on contraception and menopause and has authored publications and delivered presentations regionally and nationally. Dr Tonye also assisted with the medical aspects of Mariella Frostrup and Alice Smellie’s best-selling book, Cracking the Menopause.

Trudy Hannington

Trudy Hannington

Senior Psychosexual Therapist

Senior Accredited member and Supervisor of COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapists) and Fellow of COSRT

Trudy Hannington is the Senior Psychosexual Therapist who leads a team of 5 psychosexual therapists at the Leger clinic at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.
Trudy has worked in sexual health for over 25 years and specialised as a psychosexual therapist in 2002 after training at the Porterbrook Clinic at Sheffield. Her specialist interest is combining medical treatments with sex therapy to optimise outcomes for patients. She has a special interest in Menopause, in supporting women to access up to date and evidence-based information, so that they can make an informed choice on the best treatment options to suit them. Trudy also specialises in working with men with testosterone deficiency and sexual difficulties.
Senior Accredited member and Supervisor of COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapists) and Fellow of COSRT.
A former Chair of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
Won Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2004.
She is also a Committee Member for the British Society of Sexual Medicine and current Treasurer.
Trudy was also the specialist psychosexual therapist in the Channel 4 documentary “The Week The Women Came”.
Highly qualified in this field Trudy Hannington’s team has NHS contracts with a number of NHS areas in the region and also sees patients on a private basis.
She has lectured nationally and internationally on the Management of Sexual Dysfunction, most recently in Florida, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Leger Clinic is a flagship service, which offers a “one stop shop” for all areas of sexual difficulty, either medical or psychological. For more information visit our website at

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 co-founded My Menopause Centre with her good friend, Dr Clare Spencer. She is on a mission to raise awareness of 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. Helen has held Chief Marketing Officer roles in a range of sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide. She has also worked in broadcast and telecoms regulation at Ofcom and in the mobile technology sector with Motorola.

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