What do we offer?
Peppy offers consultations with a menopause practitioner, over the phone, at times that are convenient to you. Your practitioner can provide advice about your symptoms and your treatment options. They will not prescribe over the phone, but can help you better understand your personal situation and what might help. The initial consultation is 45 mins, followed up with a personalised report and resources sheet. You can also book a 30 min follow up call at a later date.
Here’s what some of the women who have used the service have said:
“This is a great service, as not enough is being talked about the menopause, and you don’t really know where to turn to get advice: the internet can be misleading, so I don’t trust everything I read. It is great to talk to someone who can really understand your problems and work out a plan to overcome them. “
“I would recommend this to anyone as the perfect first step, or to use as a professional sounding board if already seeking treatment. This session is a personalised, truly individual advice service which addresses the psychological side of menopause in equal measure as a doctor would look at purely clinical results.”
“Friendly and inclusive”
“Someone who can really listen to your back story etc and ties it all in to her advice.”
Our menopause practitioners
Peppy menopause practitioners are all registered nurses, who have the knowledge and expertise to counsel women about all aspects of menopausal health. Most are members of the British Menopause Society, the professional organisation for those working in this field and have undergone a specific menopause education programme. All nurses adhere to our ‘Menopause principles of practice’ which are in line with UK NICE Guidance on diagnosis and management of menopause and professional recommendations from the British Menopause Society.
Menopause is a natural life stage and for most women happens around the ages of 45-55 years. 1 in 100 women will experience menopause under the age of 40 years and some women will experience a sudden menopause, perhaps because of cancer treatment or surgery. For some, the peri-menopause (the time leading up the final period) will be uneventful and little support is necessary. For others, in fact around three quarters of women, the hormonal fluctuations lead to symptoms, which for around 25% of women may be sufficiently troublesome, that home and work life is affected.
Common symptoms include:
– Flushes during the day
– Night sweats, waking you up and leading to sleep problems and tiredness
– Concentration issues and memory loss, e.g. what is sometimes described as ‘brain fog’.
– Generalised drying – skin, eyes, vaginal tissue
– Needing the toilet more frequently and at night.
– Mood changes, feeling tearful, irritable or low in mood.
Understanding the changes that happen, knowing what is normal and making choices about how to deal with these symptoms is a positive step towards improving health. Surveys indicate that women at work often find these symptoms most troublesome and some even consider leaving work because of them. It can be difficult to speak with your manager and some women describe a loss of confidence because of the situation. Menopause is a personal issue and talking one on one to a knowledgeable professional can really help.
What can I expect from a Menopause practitioner?
Your practitioner will help you understand what is normal at this time of life, answer any questions about menopausal symptoms and listen to how they may be affecting you, at home and at work She can explain the changes that are happening in your body, and offer a range of options to help symptoms, including lifestyle and dietary choices, supplements and therapy choices. She will be able to answer all your questions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and offer individualised menopause support.
The discussion will equip you to make an informed choice about how you want to improve your health and wellbeing around the time at the menopause and after the call you can ask to receive a short summary of key discussion points. We will also provide you with further resources, for wider reading if you wish.
What qualifications and experience do Peppy practitioners have?
Peppy practitioners are all:
– Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
– Fully indemnified for clinical practice
– Have at least three years’ experience of menopause clinical practice.
– Have completed a specific course in menopause care
Nurses are expected to maintain their menopause expertise by attending regular educational updates and by being members of the professional society (British Menopause Society).
Peppy’s Director of Menopause, Kathy Abernethy, herself a high-profile menopause specialist, has vetted every nurse for qualifications and menopause expertise.