Tuesday, 18 January 2011

When to stop #contraception?

Many women are unsure about what type of contraception they can use as they become older, and when it can be safely stopped. Indeed, a recent survey on http://www.menopausematters/ showed that many women who are potentially fertile do not use contraception, and of those that do, many are unhappy with the type used. With so many effective types available, it is a terrible shame that women are still putting themselves at risk of an unplanned pregnancy, or are having problems with contraception used.
Generally, no type of contraception is advised against beacause of age alone, but some medical conditions may preclude the use of certain types of contraception after the age of 35.
If periods stop before the age of 50, contraception should be used for a further 2 years, and if periods stop after the age of 50, it should be used for a further year.
For more information, visit www.menopausematters.co.uk/contra1.php

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Women, #heart disease and the #menopause

Many women are completely unaware that the single greatest cause of death in women after the menopause is cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke. Many women fear breast cancer as the biggest threat to their health and while breast cancer is a terrible disease, women generally are much more likely to die from CVD than breast cancer. Much work is being done by organisations such as Menopause Matters and the British Heart Foundation to increase awareness of CVD in women, and to encourage women to consider simple changes in diet and lifestyle which can reduce their risk, with online information, magazine articles, tv ads, and the show "The Angina Monologues", yet more is needed.
Go to www.menopausematters.co.uk/cvd.php for information, advice, video links and online aids to learn more and reduce your risk, and subscribe to the only magazine specifically for women approaching or experiencing the menopause at www.menopausematters.co.uk/magazine.php