A Scottish woman who says her menopause symptoms have subsided for fear of having a heart attack, says GP training should be better in dealing with the symptoms and treatment.
Holly Richie, a fit and healthy running enthusiast, spent New Year’s Day at A&E when her heart started racing uncontrollably.
The 38-year-old woman at the time was unaware that she was perimenopausal, which could begin several years before menopause, and palpitations were a common symptom.
She says she was fired by her GP for “going too young” to go through menopause, but her mother experienced it when she was less than 45 years old.
The Scottish Government published a new Women this week. Health. The plan, which ensures that women have equal access to specialist menopausal services.
A survey by the Scottish Women’s Convention found that about two-thirds of women felt that there was not enough information available at the onset of menopause and about a quarter reported a bad experience when they had symptoms, including heat. Went to my GP for help. Flush and low mode.
“Menopause comes in such a bad way,” said Ms. Richie. Symptoms depend on your hormone levels and go away and it’s easy to put it on something else.
“I started going through it but I didn’t know it, so I had all these symptoms like kidney infection and heart palpitations and anxiety.
“My mother was in a hurry but she didn’t tell me because nobody talked about it at the time.
“I spent New Year’s Day 2020 at A&E because I thought I was having a heart attack.
“They did an ECG and took a blood test and said I was fine and I found out later that heart problems are a sign of low estrogen. It’s just to ask one person how your periods are.”
She returned to her GP who told her she was “a little too young” for menopause but a former BBC employee insisted on a blood test, which confirmed she was in transition.
Ritchie, who is married to an eight-year-old daughter and lives in Glasgow’s South Side, said she is now in a place where her symptoms are well under control after hormone replacement therapy is prescribed.
She says she had “no worries” about using HRT after doing her research and advised women to watch a recent Channel Four documentary. Television Presenter Devina McColl if they’re upset.
“I’m more likely to get cancer than a glass of wine, and I’ve been on the pill all my life,” said Ms. Richie, who works for Disney. “It’s a bit of a disgrace to how women have been treated.”
A study from the University of Nottingham and Oxford, published last year, found that long-term use of HRT reduced the risk of breast cancer, and when it stopped, the risk was significantly lower. Is.
Among those who use the combined estrogen-progesterone HRT, nine to 36 additional cases are expected every ten thousand women a year.
This treatment helps protect the bones and some studies have suggested that it may play a protective role in heart disease.
She says she was initially prescribed synthetic progesterone, which women must take with estrogen if they are menstruating to reduce their risk of cancer. The same shape of the body is considered safe but some women have said that they have been told that they will have to pay for the prescription.
Ms Richie said she then had to “fight” for the hormone testosterone, which could improve libido, mood, energy and concentration and be especially beneficial to young women and these women. There are those who are undergoing surgical menopause.
“Women have more testosterone in our bodies than estrogen that no one tells you, so when your estrogen drops, so does your testosterone, and that’s what affects work and energy,” she said.
“The GP will not recommend it, so I had to wait for a referral at the Glasgow Menopause Clinic.
“I used to run eight miles before work and when menopause started I wasn’t able to do it. I’m running again now.”
She says she has been sleeping better for years since she started taking CBD drops at bedtime.
She uses a product from Nutrivie, one of several firms that has reported positive reviews from women who help manage symptoms using substances that include anxiety and sleep disturbances. Is.
Ms Richie said she had written to Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Hamza Yousef to explain the shortcomings of the new women’s health plan.
He said: “There is a menopause section which says that women should get the help of their GP mostly but my point towards them was that the GP has no knowledge so the foundations of this project are shaky. Because you don’t have training. My GP knew very little. ”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicola Steadman said: “Menopause is an important turning point in women’s lives, but an era that very few of us know about.
“Improving the information available can dispel superstitions about menopause, and help women become more confident about the options available to them.
“Women who participated in the Women’s Health Plan said they wanted employers the most to help them manage their symptoms – such as being able to work from home, or changing their schedules when needed.
“The plan certainly recognizes its importance.”