I would like to talk to you today about my up and coming Mentoring Through Menopause Boot
Camp. This is the first of its kind in the UK.
I am working tirelessly to lift the taboos over discussion of the menopause
and have found a new way to empower women to enjoy better health with knowledge she has gathered
about approaching this challenging phase in life.
I am launching my Mentoring through Menopause Boot Camps on 16th October,
2012 with the aim of helping participants to recognise and overcome debilitating symptoms of the
The Boot Camps will be jam-packed with live teleseminars and
interviews with medical professionals on such diverse
subjects as depression and mental health support, nutrition and diet, incontinence and
vaginal atrophy, breast health and cervical healthwhich are all very important
issues for women going the peri-menopause and menopause.
Participants will be welcome to listen in to the information shared or play an active part in
discussions helping to shed new light on the way women’s lives are affected by the menopause
both emotionally and physically, at
home and at work.
Since I set up my business SimplyHormones six years ago, after my own
fruitless search for information about the menopause, I have interviewed a
variety of experts on women’s health and made the results accessible on my
What was missingwas a way of enabling women to play an active
partin the discovery process and the Boot Camps which are
to be held four times a year will plug that gap.
I am so confident thethe teleseminars will be of benefit that I promise
participants they will be able to overcome the debilitating symptoms of menopause in 50
days – or have their money back.
At the same time I am continuing to press on with sharing my hard-won knowledge
with a wider audience by talking to networking groups of women – and men
– in a bid to encourage businesses to introduce programmes to help their female
employees as it makes perfect sense for companies to embrace such
programmes both as a way of showing they value their staff and because a direct result will be
Research has shown that women reach their full potential in their 40s but
at the age of 45 they are walking out of the door seeking “a better work/life
This is the reason used most often by women quitting their jobs and if we look more deeply into it,
we find women themselves aren’t recognising the symptoms of menopause and
the effect it is having on their daily lives.
I believe this would change if they were better informed and armed with the right
knowledge to move forward. That may involve a change of job but they would be equipped
with the tools to proceed with a free and open mind.
Interest is now growing in the workplace programmesthat I am developing
but the Mentoring through Menopause Boot Campsare ideal for women who
want to learn more about the menopause right now and benefit immediately
from that knowledge.
This is not a quick fix but if women stick with it and follow
the guidelines, they will enjoy a better quality of life.
If you would like to learn more about the Mentoring through Menopause Boot Camps,
please sign up for our Boot Camp Teleseminar which is being held on Tuesday 2nd October. You
can sign up herehttp://mentoringthroughmenopause.com
Thank you Ladies and I look forward to meeting you at my Teleseminar on 2nd October.
Our first guest blogger for our new season is Amanda
Lund-Batchelor, who runs Ananda Healing (www.ananda-healing.co.uk).
I’ve got to know Amanda through our combined interests in improving womens’ health. I love what she
has to say about Menopause, Meditation and Massage. I learned how
to meditate a few years ago and it really helped sort my head out and allow me to sleep better.
Read on for Amanda’s thoughts…..
“What I have found interesting is the number of women who come through our doors
presenting vague symptoms of feeling below par but when you actually start working with them they
open up to the distress they are feeling due to menopausal symptoms. It is almost as though women
are still worried about talking about menopause. For every woman it is different and every woman
will have to find the way that works best for her. Fortunately there are now people out there, like
Kathryn, to give guidance and “break the silence”
Obviously, the one option most people know of is HRT (hormone replacement therapy) but what if you
decide this is not for you, or that you still want to explore alternatives?
Research measure benefits:
At last there is now research to measure results for both massage and meditation and their
effectiveness in reducing the effects of menopause symptoms.
A recent study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences gave a group of women either a plain oil
massage, an essential oil massage (using lavender, rose, rosemary or evening primrose) and measured
the results against a control group. The massaged women, especially the group using the essential
oils, showed a decline in their menopausal symptoms
To me, as a massage therapist, I do not find this surprising. A regular massage is not only relaxing
but also lowers blood pressure, lowers stress levels and increases you sense of wellbeing. All of
which is good for anyone but when your menopausal symptoms include irritability, sleep problems and
depression, it is not hard to see how a regular massage would help.
Reduction in Distress
What about meditation then? This is beneficial for all ages: young, old, male, female. For me, I
would recommend everyone meditate. I would even have it taught in schools along with the maths and
English! But what is really interesting is the research from the University of Massachusetts with
regard to menopausal symptoms. The research showed a reduction in the distress associated with hot
flushes and insomnia. It also showed improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning.
Impressive, don’t you think?
I have recently canvassed my clients who meditate and the feedback I received is that meditation
reduces stress, improves one’s sense of wellbeing and increases the ability to cope with the
symptoms. Interestingly, the reduction in stress also appears to reduce other symptoms with fewer
hot flushes and improved sleep.
What Works for You?
As with any anything, it is all about finding out what works for you. Trying out what is on offer and
accepting if something doesn’t work for you. It’s OK if it doesn’t work, try something else.”
To find out more from Amanda, here are her contact details so we can give you more details on
how we can help you with the menopause, on 01342 842098 or 07917 730944 or email us through our
Please also take a few minutes, by clicking on this link, to listen to some of Ananda Healings
wonderful meditation samples which will give you a taster of what is on offer and how it can help
This blog has been brought to you by Kathryn Colas of www.simplyhormones.com. The website
providing you with all the answers, including Mentoring through Menopause programmes for
individuals, Occupational Health providers and Practice Nurses. Email for more information:
I have met Alison several times and have learned, over mant coffees together, that she was in the
process of creating her transition from Family Doctor to Holistic Medical Practitioner. Our subjects
clearly go together as what we both do does cross over boundaries and we are looking at ways of
working together. I am, in fact, inviting Alison to be part of the my “Mentoring through
Menopause” Bootcamp that us being launched on 6th September where Alison will cover
several “subjects” of menopause which are deemed to be “taboo”. Please keep
an eye out for further information on my Bootcamp.
Did you know that Adrenal fatigue will effect 80% of people at certain points in their lives. It
is deemed to be a 21st Century Stress Syndrome, however, the medical community has
been slow to recognise it as a specific problem despite the common nature of the condition. The
symptoms are debilitating and can include any or all of the following:
Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
Sleep disturbance, insomnia
Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
Craving salty and/or sweet foods
Sensitivity to light
Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
Slow to recover from injury or illness
Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
Low immune function
Low blood pressure
Sensitivity to cold
Low libido, sexual drive or interest
Lack of lust for life and/or food
Irritability, impatience, quick to anger.
I would also like to share with you this interesting article about the 21st Century
Stress Syndrome from the Daily Mail http://z6.co.uk/21stcenturysyndrom.
Do you often feel like this? If you do, please read this article.
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“Cervical Screening can help to reduce the number of women
diagnosed” said Robert Music, the Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s
only dedicated Cervical Cancer Charity. “The screening programme saves 5,000 lives each year
in the U.K. and yet 20 pct of women are not attending their cerfical screening test and the more
that we can do to stress the importance of this life-saving test, the better” he
I hope you agree that it is so very important to have a cervical smear to detect any changes
in cells caused by the human papilloma virus which can be contracted during sexual
A friend of mine lost her sister to cervical cancer and she has told me how painful it was to
see her sister go from a successful 32 year old fashion designer to losing her life to this dreadful
disease within 18 months of diagnosis. The affects on family members is devastating and she now
urges all her friends to make sure that they attend for their smear test at regular
I will be writing more about this disease and wouldurge you to look out for
my future posts on the subject.
Kathryn Colas created www.simplyhormones.com to answer all your menopause
questions. There is plenty of free information on this site as well as a membership area where you
canaccess over 200 pages of information. Email: [email protected]
After experiencing years of debilitating menopausaul symptoms, Kathryn Colas offers a new
solution to this age old problem. Menopause has been described as a passing phase, a natural symptom
of ageing and, not least, biological sabotage, lasting from 5 – 8 years. At no other time do women
experience such physiological and psychological changes. Some fifteen million women are trying to
work out what is going on in their lives with over 50% experiencing severe symptoms. The road to
redemption is rocky but with guidance, this metamorphosis can and should result in the emergence of
a healthy confident woman eager to enjoy her new found liberation. It is the start of the next
chapter of a woman’s life; a new beginning where she should have new found confidence and a
feeling of inner peace.
Menopausal symptoms coincide with the natural symptoms of ageing and for convenience most are
Deterioration in skin elasticity (collagen)
Joint pains and stiffness
Muscle spasm and tone
Raised cholesterol levels
Some symptoms can mirror Under Active Thyroid which is a breakdown in the immune system to
repair itself. These are:
Less effective memory
Your GP can arrange a blood test to highlight any abnormalities as well as confirming your hormonal
status. Testosterone levels should also be checked as they provide balance and support to the other
Divorcecan be a symptom! Divorce rates soar at this time by
disillusioned women. 1 in 7 will go into retirement as a divorcee. Dishearteningly, a GP recently
said that if he had only understood more about his wife’s symptoms, they would still be married.
Divorce statistics could be drastically reduced if therapy or marriage guidance help were sought.
If you’ve had babies you could experience incontinence; temporary and not life
threatening, but embarrassing and confidence draining all the same. These are generally cured by
exercising pelvic floor muscles. Ask your GP for a referral.
Osteoporosis, the silent disease, is not detected until a bone is broken, or family
history exists and will benefit from diet and exercise in your 40’s as a preventative measure.
HRT is not the only answer but a more personalised regime undoubtedly restores balance.
Healthy diet and exercise should not be ignored. Declining hormone levels initiate an
open-season for raised cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Breast
cancer is not a young woman’s disease.
Alternatively, there are many complementary therapies and homeopathic solutions
which can be tried. Seek out a holistic medical practitioner as he/she will take time to listen and
discuss symptoms, medical history and lifestyle in order to get the medication right.
Treatment may include HRT, or homeopathic remedies, together with nutrition and
exercise advice and psychological guidance. The risks of HRT are all relative and should be fully
Sympathetic GP’s are in the minority. As menopause is not a life-threatening disease
you may pass through the surgery unnoticed. Apart from HRT, anti-depressants are often prescribed;
these mind numbing drugs are not the answer. Phyto-oestrogen (plant source that mirrors oestrogen)
based HRT remedies are now available but you do need to ask.
Mind over Matter?
Five psychological symptoms repeatedly occur at menopause:
Loss of confidence
The psychological aspect represents nearly 60% of all symptoms experienced and yet are rarely
acknowledged. The existence of high divorce rates is an unnecessary tragedy that can be
Women must actively participate in their own well being at menopause and take time to
rediscover themselves. Menopause does NOT qualify as a medical condition.
Kathryn Colas created www.simplyhormones.com to answer all your questions. Plenty of FREE information
as well as a membership area where you can access over 200 pages of information.
You heard right! Listen or read on to identify what to ask for. SH interviews Prof John Studd who
continues to care about improving hormonal health in women.
SimplyHormones Presents: Professor Studd on Bio-identical Hormones
KC: I’d like to talk if I may about bio identical hormones. A lot of women are very interested
in this because they are told it’s a more natural way to go because the hormones are absorbed in a
more natural way than the equine oestrogen that’s mostly prescribed. Do you have an opinion on
Bio-identical hormones have been available in the UK for 20/30 years!
PS: Sure, I mean I’ve used nothing else but bio identical hormones for the last 20, 30 years.
It’s been very common in Europe and what’s happened now is the Americans, now that they’ve overcome
their love affair of horse urine and horse oestrones, they’ve just discovered it, they’ve just
discovered the importance of using oestradiol, oestrone, testosterone and they’ve labelled this bio
identical hormones and gullible people all around the world are thinking of this new American
discovery which is a re-awakening on their part, a discovery of what we’ve been doing for 20 or 30
years and it’s quite true. If I hadn’t used Premerin for 20 years I think there’s no place for it
whatsoever. We’re not horses, we’re not plants either, we should use natural human hormones, and
that is oestradiol, oestrone and testosterone EHEA, which is the precursor to testerone perhaps, and
natural progesterone if you can, and that’s all possible except the progesterone; we by and large
use progestogen because it works. Progesterone cream doesn’t work, it’s not even absorbed, we’ve
just spent, or I’ve just spent £100,000 studying this preparation and it’s not even absorbed, it has
no effect with the bones, the mood, the flushes, the sweats.
KC: It’s not metabolised.
Want effective Progesterone cream? Ask your GP for Utrogestan
PS: It’s still a racket that you go on the internet for £35 a pot per month and it’s a waste of
your money. I wish it did work, it would be very, very useful and convincing logically and so we
really, although we use the bio-identical oestrogen and testosterone we are by and large stuck with
sythentic norethisterone or Provera, although there is a more natural progresterone called Utrogestan,
which is effective, and so the compromise is that I use this almost natural progesterone Utrogestan.
KC: So are the bio-identical hormones that you ‘re identifying with, where are they derived
from, are they?
Hormones naturally sourced from Vegetables
PS: They all come from a laboratory. They don’t dig them out of the ground or dig them from
trees, they are all made in a laboratory, by vegetable precursors and they’re pure and they
are the same as the natural hormones in your body and my body.
KC: So it’s just a case if women really want to go down the road of bio-identical hormones it’s
really only available from a private practice isn’t it?
Get your bio-identical hormones from your GP!
PS: No that’s not true. There’s no reason why a general practitioner should not give you
oestradiol either by tablets or preferably transdermally, that’s by patch or by gel,
that would be my ideal way of giving hormones, through the skin, just rubbing the oestrogen
gel or testosterone gel, or a patch, but the patch caused rings, black
rings where they use it very much or with an implant of course, which is very effective, a very
convenient way of giving natural oestradiol and natural testosterone.
KC: That’s very interesting that you’ve explained that more fully, women can now go to their GP
and say that I heard that you can prescribe me XYZ and they are then getting a la carte prescription
PS: They may choose not to, and this happens more and more these days, and
so many GPs have just shut up shop for HRT and the menopause and there’s no justification for it and
GP’s could offer effective, cheap treatment
KC: ‘Cos there are about 7/10 women that experience debilitating symptoms, so it’s not good on
their part that they are not getting the advice they need.
PS: They are not getting very simple, very safe, very beneficial treatment. It’s also very cheap
KC: Yes, OK, we’ll have to stir up the GPs then to get their act together. I know the British
menopause society is trying to push for GPs to be more informed.
PS: We’ve been trying that for now for 20 or 30 years!
KC: Yes, trying to get everybody singing from the same songsheet it’s a difficult one to achieve
Thank you very much for that. Interview ends.
If you’d like to know more about Professor John Studd: www.studd.co.uk
Professor John Studd DSc, MD, FRCOG was consultant gynaecologist at the Chelsea
& Westminster Hospital, London and also professor of gynaecology at Imperial College.
He is now in fulltime private practice and runs the London PMS & Menopause Clinic at 46
Wimpole Street London W1G8SD. At the same address he has The Osteoporosis Screening
Centre for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis.
He is Vice-President of the National Osteoporosis Society and Chairman of the British Menopause
In 2008 he was awarded the Blair Bell Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine which is given
every five years for the obstetrician/gynaecologist who has made the greatest lifetime contribution
to the specialty.
SimplyHormones presents: An Interview with Prof John Studd, Vice President National Osteoporosis
Society and Chairman of the British Menopause Society. Osteoporosis is a natural disease of aging
but one we can ALL do something about – this brittle bone disease most often eats away at
bones after degeneration of hormones at menopause. (more…)
Testosterone for libido, oestrogen for depression – when the imbalance of hormones with monthly
PMT and later on menopause are the cause depression, why are women referred to psychiatrists and
prescribed mind-numbing anti-psychotic drugs? You may well ask! Prof. John Studd, specialist
obstetrician and gynaecologist tells us here, in the first of three interviews, about his quest to
break down barriers in the medical profession to correctly treat women when hormone imbalance is not
My interview with Gill Burgess tells you everything you ever wanted to know about this silent killer;
cervical smears – why they’re important and much much more. Gill Burgess is the Cancer
Screening Co-ordinator for Croydon PCT, specialising in Breast, Bowel and Cervical Cancers. (more…)
Hi there, another thought provoking article for you wonderful guys giving you information on how your
lovely ladies are feeling when they are going through menopause. This will help you to spot side
effects of menopause so that you can understand their symptoms and be supportive. Happy Reading. If
you need any help, please contact me for a chat. I would be very happy to help.
I’m Kathryn Colas and Simply Hormones brings you the latest news on menopause and other women’s health
issues like breast cancer, ovarian cancer and HRT. Learn what you need to know from someone who’s
personally experienced and survived menopause or listen to my interviews with medical professionals on
podcast anytime. For more information on the symptoms of menopause and how to live with it just visit my