In this episode, Dr Louise Newson is joined by Emma McAuley, a young woman who was thrust into a medical menopause at age 24, after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Emma speaks openly to Dr Newson about her experience and how she was told very little about the menopause before her treatment. Emma expected a few hot flushes and instead experienced a vast range of menopause related symptoms and issues.
Dr Newson and Emma also discuss their first meeting at an event held by young adult cancer support charity, Trekstock. Dr Newson was speaking at the event, titled ‘Lifting the Lid on Cancer and the Menopause’ and Emma talks about the effect it’s had on her to finally feel safe enough to ask questions and be able to get the correct advice.
Emma’s Three Take Home Tips:
- In terms of hot flushes – layers are your friend! Even in the winter, wear items that are easy to take off and put back on.
- Speak to everyone you can – whether that’s your peers or a medical professional. Knowing you are not alone can be a huge help.
- Even though other people around you may be complaining about their periods – it’s okay to miss having your own. Talk to your friends about how you are feeling.
Take a look at this booklet from Dr Newson – ‘A Young Woman’s Guide to Menopause After Treatment for Cancer’