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Making love during the menopause

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Missed our live event ‘Why your best sex is yet to come – making love during the menopause?’ Fear not, you can catch up on it here. In this second live event on sex in menopause, My Menopause Centre's co-founders Helen and Dr Clare were joined by two fabulous experts in their areas: Eleanor Gardner, Founder of Pelvic Relief and Sue Lennon, Psychosexual Therapist.

What these ladies don’t know about HRT, lubes, sex toys and sex and relationship counselling isn’t worth knowing – so much so that we ran over on time as people had so many questions for them!

  • In a wide-ranging, honest and caring conversation they discussed …
    the common gynaecological symptoms experienced during menopause that can impact a women’s ability to have or enjoy sex (such as vaginal dryness and painful sex)
  • loss of sex drive
  • 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
  • the range of solutions available

There’s more you can read about loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness, and reviving your sex drive.

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Event speakers

Dr Clare Spencer

Dr Clare Spencer

Co-founder, My Menopause Centre and Registered Menopause Specialist and GP

MA MB BChir (Cantab) DM MRCOG MRCGP

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 doctors.net, the Primary Care Women’s Health forum publication, Her Life Her Health, and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust.

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.

Sue Lennon

Sue Lennon

Psychosexual Therapist

RGN. BSc (hons). PG Dip. MA

Sue Lennon, Psychosexual Therapist (RGN. BSc (hons). PG Dip. MA)

Sue Lennon trained as a nurse in 1989 and on qualifying specialised in oncology. She worked as a Macmillan Nurse Specialist for 14 years and recognised very quickly that the sexual impact of cancer and cancer treatment were rarely discussed - and so set out to put this right.

She trained as a psychosexual therapist in 2002 and afterwards developed a sex therapy service alongside her clinical practice, to help those suffering the sexual consequences of life changing illness and spinal cord injury. In recent years her practice has also included work in the world of menopause because going through a complex illness or rehabilitating after a spinal cord injury during the peri-menopausal years adds a whole new level of complexity when trying to make sense of an altered body!

Increasingly Sue has found women seeking help with peri-menopausal and menopausal sexual challenges outside of the rehab situation and finds herself equally as passionate about helping those women adjust. As part of her practice Sue also speaks at international nursing conferences on the importance of assessing and addressing sexual changes with their service users, encouraging health professionals to think truly holistically about sex; to think beyond the medicalised aspects of 'fertility and function' but to also consider the 'fun' aspects of sex and to consider how losing those wide-ranging pleasures could really impact clients and their intimate relationship/s. Sue also teaches for De Montford University on their BSc and MSc programmes for specialist ostomy nurses and has taught in the University of Birmingham MSc programme for Clinical Oncology.

Sue left the NHS in 2016 and now lives in France and works solely online. You can learn more at www.suelennon.com

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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