The Insiders’ guide to Menopause: Tonight! BBC 2

Airs tonight on BBC 2 in Scotland at 21.00 – and available soon on BBC iplayer.

Kirsty Wark asks everything you always wanted to know about the menopause (but were too embarrassed to ask). In a quest for the truth, Kirsty cuts through the confusion and says the unsayable on this very personal odyssey. At the heart of the programme is frank and often funny testimony from famous and not so famous women, including Jennifer Saunders and Kaye Adams, while highly respected experts including the chair of the British Menopause Society give up-to-date advice.

Kirsty also investigates groundbreaking research at Edinburgh University – research which has the provocative potential to extend our fertility. Kirsty examines society’s reluctance to take the subject seriously and talk about it, and comes to the conclusion that if on average women are living up to 30 years after the menopause, it’s time to take care of ourselves.

More info and clips on the BBC website

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  1. Evie Taylor 26 April 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I was very interested to hear the problems of the couple who experienced painful intercourse. After having got over very strong night sweats and hot flushes which were debilitating and embarrassing I am left with the same problem of excruciatingly painful intercourse. I have tried vaginal oestrogen which does not seem to have solved the symptoms. I just wondered if the couple have managed to get their vaginal sex life back on track and that sex will stop feeling like being assaulted with crushed glass? Will things go back to how they were or is this it?

    • Dr Heather Currie 4 May 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Vaginal changes of the menopause are very common yet are hugely under reported and under treated. It is important to note that while vaginal estrogen is very effective for treating the changes due to estrogen loss, it can take several months to gain benefit and treatment needs to be long term; many women only use vaginal estrogen for a short time and are disappointed with an apparent lack of response. Moisturisers and lubricants can also be very helpful and can be used as well as vaginal estrogen.

      A review with your doctor would be very worthwhile.

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