An open clinic for women experiencing the menopause

talkhealthNHS Choices teamed up with the British Menopause Society and talkhealth to offer an online forum for women experiencing the menopause. Leading medical experts were on hand to discuss issues surrounding the menopause, clear up some of the common misconceptions and provide valuable help and guidance.

The British Menopause Society

The expert forum is now closed, but you can read all of the questions answers by clicking on the links in the box below.

Meet the experts

Mary Ann Lumsden is Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Head of the Section of Reproductive & Maternal Medicine, a Division of Development Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Mary Ann Lumsden

Professor Mary Ann Lumsden is Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Head of the Section of Reproductive & Maternal Medicine, Division of Developmental Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She is an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Greater Glasgow Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mary Ann graduated from Medicine from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1977. Her MD was awarded in 1985. Mary Ann’s past appointments at the University of Glasgow include Senior Lecturer and Reader before being awarded a personal chair.

Dr Sarah Gray has been a GP for over 20 years and throughout this time has had an interest in women's health. As a specialist she leads the NHS menopoause referral service in Cornwall.

Dr Sarah Gray

Dr Sarah Gray has been a GP for over 20 years and throughout this time has had an interest in women’s health. As a specialist she leads the NHS menopause referral service in Cornwall. She has worked with NICE and the GMC. She organises education and training for doctors and nurses in a range of topics including contraception, bleeding problems, menopause and osteoporosis. She has written widely in the field of women’s health and is frequently asked to comment for the media.

Professor Tim Hillard is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Poole, Dorset since 1994. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Dr Tim Hillard

Dr Tim Hillard was trained at the Southampton Medical School and King's College Hospital in London. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Poole, Dorset since 1994. He became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in 1987 and a Fellow in 1999. He is also a fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH). Tim is the district tutor for the RCOG and an examiner for the London and Southampton medical schools. He also examines for the DRCOG and is an Associate Professor at St George's University, Grenada. He is the current Chairman of the British Menopause Society.

More information about Dr Hillard can be found on his website www.timhillard.co.uk

Julie Ayres trained in Leeds and qualified in 1984. This was followed by GP training in Airedale. She has led the Menopause and PMS clinics in Leeds (now Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust) since 1993, currently as a Specialty Doctor.

Dr Julie Ayres

Julie Ayres trained in Leeds and qualified in 1984. This was followed by GP training in Airedale. She has led the Menopause and PMS clinics in Leeds (now Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust) since 1993, currently as a Specialty Doctor. In addition she does the hormone prescribing for the regional gender identity service. She is a British Menopause Society Council Member. Julie runs the Yorkshire Menopause Group for healthcare practitioners, organising educational meetings and their website (www.yorkshiremenopause.co.uk) and is on the editorial board of the Primary Care Women’s Health Journal.

 

Elaine Stephens

Elaine Stephens, clinical nurse specialist in Menopause, Birmingham and a Member of the British Menopause Society Medical Advisory Council.

 

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