DR ROSY FAZZI TELLS US HOW TO SURVIVE CHRISTMAS WITH THE MENOPAUSE

I am absolutely delighted to host this guest post by Dr Rosy Fazzi , who is head of the Women’s Health department at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre in Edinburgh.  Dr Rosy is a specialist in women’s health issues, and is passionate about the treatment for management of intimate female problems at various stages of life.  Here are her tips on how to survive Christmas with the menopause.

 

The menopause is often thought of as ‘the last taboo’, trailing behind many other health and wellbeing issues when it comes to something that is spoken about openly. In fact, the menopause is something that up to 50% of UK women are too embarrassed to talk about at all, even with their GPs.

 

But it is imperative that we talk, that we open the dialogue surrounding the menopause; it’s something that every woman will experience and we need to create greater visibility surrounding the symptoms and the triggers of the menopause, some of which I want to discuss in this blog post. The menopause can be a distressing time for women who aren’t sure what to expect from their symptoms and aren’t certain which triggers will set them off – women need to be equipped with the knowledge that will help them manage the symptoms and the triggers during this time of life.

 

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For example, we all know that Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, but did you know that for menopausal women, it is also one of the biggest trigger times for symptoms of the menopause – in particular, the hot flush?

 

It’s very common for women to experience a higher frequency of hot flushes than normal if they are exposed to increasing levels of stress, as well as other triggers, including drastic changes in temperature or consuming greater amounts of alcohol or coffee – all triggers which are prevalent during the festive season.

 

The stress of Christmas shopping, meal planning and sticking to a hectic pre-Christmas social calendar – never mind the day itself – these alone can be hugely demanding for women who feel the responsibility is left to them to ensure that everyone else is having the most wonderful time of the year.

 

Stress is actually one of the major factors in triggering hot flushes; the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream causes your heart to race and blood flow to increase, leading to a subsequent increase in temperature. A hot flush is your body’s response, its attempt to cool the body down. But a hot flush can be overwhelming in its intensity and leave you sweating and even shivery afterwards, as your body attempts to bring your temperature back to a normal level.

 

Alongside stress, there are other factors that come into play when it comes to bringing on a less-than-festive flush. The extremes of temperature that come with dashing in and out of shops, or in and out of the kitchen on Christmas Day itself, contribute to kickstarting a hot flush. And while we’re all so busy, you might not think that there’s any harm in consuming an extra cup of coffee to give you an energy boost, or indulging in some wine with friends in the run-up to December 25, but caffeine and alcohol are both hot flush triggers too.

 

But you needn’t think that your entire social schedule, shopping routine and gift list has to go out of the window this Christmas; in fact, I firmly believe that making small lifestyle changes this Christmas may help to reduce stress levels and keep those hot flushes at bay.

 

My five top tips for surviving a menopausal Christmas:

 

Wear temperature-control undergarments

This is such a simple change to make, yet it can really make a big difference. There are some fantastic menopause-specific undergarment ranges on the market, using temperature-control fabrics to regulate body heat, reduce the awful shivers post-flush, and wick away moisture to avoid embarrassing sweaty situations too. These garments are designed for wearing underneath your clothing during the day, so you can still wear your regular clothes and get all dressed up for the festive season, but be confident that you can remain in control underneath.

 

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Layer up your clothing

Layering is the ideal solution for helping to regulate your temperature when you’re out and about. Layer a temperature-control tank top with a t-shirt and a cardigan, rather than wearing one bulky jumper, to help you better manage your body’s response to changes in temperature. Choose cosy items that are quick and easy to pull on and off, depending on how hot or cold you feel.

 

 

Swap your coffee for a matcha tea

The caffeine in your regular teas and coffees stimulates the central nervous system, accelerating the heart rate, the blood pressure and the body temperature – all of which can bring on a hot flush. But just plain hot water can induce an episode, so I recommend trying something cooler to start your day. A bottle of cool iced matcha tea a good choice, as it’s cool and refreshing, with very low levels of slow-release caffeine, and an incredible level of antioxidants that help to keep the body healthy – especially important in winter when germs are rife!

 

 

Reduce your alcohol intake

Yes, this can be very tricky around Christmas, but if you find that a glass of wine brings on a sweaty, shivery flush, it’s best to find an alternative. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options in the supermarket if you don’t want to feel like the odd one out without a glass of something with dinner, or you can make delicious mocktails with fresh fruit juices. Pomegranates are credited with high levels of oestrogen and antioxidants that can help ease the symptoms of the menopause, as well as rich levels of vitamins C, A and E, and folic acid. Make yourself a deliciously festive, non-alcoholic cocktail this Christmas, using a plentiful helping of pomegranate juice and seeds, so you can still join in the festivities but soothe your symptoms at the same time.

 

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Limit exposure to extremes in temperature

If you can stay indoors and do your Christmas shopping online, you might find it much easier than dashing from the cold into a store with the heating ramped up, and back out again. Extremes in temperature can bring on hot flushes in a flash, so if you can avoid exposing yourself to them in the lead-up to Christmas, you might find that you have a far more comfortable experience Christmas shopping. If you do find yourself getting hot and flustered whilst out and about, try a cooling face mist with rosewater to soothe and refresh the skin, and help you to cool down.

 

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  • Wear temperature control garments.  These garments by Become are just what you need.  They are made using a combination of intelligent fabrics that help to regulate body temperature and wick moisture away from the body while reducing odour. They feel silky smooth, are comfortable and breathable against your skin.  If you head over now to order you will receive 10% off your total order by inputting code ELFEELGOOD10 at the checkout!

 

  • OMGTea Iced Matcha tea.  Matcha tea has many benefits from potential anti-ageing health benefits  to the antioxidants which have amazing nutrients and enzymes that are essential for fighting life threatening diseases and the negative effects of UV radiation.

 

  • A pomegranate ‘gin’ cocktail, made with Pom Juice and Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits.

 

  • Try doing your Christmas shopping online, with stores such as King & McGaw or Trouva, to help you find gifts without the stress!

 

  • Spritz your skin with Aster & Bay’s Rosewater Mist to cool down and refresh.  This is an amazing spritz.  Rosewater Mist is an aromatherapeutic hydrating mist for face, hair and body. It has a light scent derived from the hydro-distillation of fresh Bulgarian rose petals.  Bulgarian rose is one of the finest out there, our recent trip to Bulgaria I purchased as much Bulgarian rose as my suitcase could carry!

 

 

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Dr Rosy Fazzi MBChB, MRCGP, is the head of the Women’s Health department at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre in Edinburgh (www.drnestor.co.uk). Dr Rosy is a specialist in women’s health issues, and is passionate about treatment for management of intimate female problems at various stages of life. Dr Rosy understands the mental and physical impact on women that can result from menopause and childbirth; she is enthusiastic about empowering women, with options to restore their sense of intimate wellbeing and general health. Dr Rosy offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which is an alternative to traditional HRT and can help to ease the symptoms of the menopause.

You can book an appointment with Dr Rosy by visiting www.drnestor.co.uk

Find out more about Become by visiting www.webecome.co.uk

 

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GETTING IN TO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT WITH PRESTIGE HAMPERS

There is no denying I love food, especially those unique and handmade items that are made with love and attention.  I was delighted to receive goodies from Prestige Hampers to review.  It certainly helped get in to the festive spirit as we move in to November.

 

I was gifted the Christmas Sky Hamper which came in a beautiful wooden vintage style crate.  I do think the lovely people at Prestige Hampers looked at my blog to send me something that they knew I would love!

 

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The hamper arrived well packaged and all the goodies were in a stunning vintage chest.  This was an added bonus as I now am using the chest in the bathroom!  It is sturdy and well made as well as being in a beautiful neutral colour.

 

What’s inside the hamper?

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My goodness the vintage chest was full to the bring with a supply of gourmet products.  These included festive Christmas coffee -the smell and taste is divine – English tea in a beautiful vintage style tea tin to Yorkshire crisps and so much more handmade beautiful food items.  I’ve listed them below along with pictures for you to see.

 

Shortbread House Shortbread with Macadamia Nuts 150g
Chardonnay wine and Vinegar Flavoured Yorkshire Crisps 50g
French Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Popcorn 70g
Valley Chocolates Fine Chocolatiers Handmade Chocolates 48g
Mr Filbert Sea Salt Mixed Nuts 50g
Folkinton Tradition Ginger Beer 250ml
Folkinton Sparkling Elderflower Presse 250ml
Coconut Mini Biscuits 100g
Earl Grey Tea Caddy 40 Tea Bags
Chocolate Covered Raisins 200g
Sweet Moments Dark Chocolate with Mint Creams Anton Berg
Honey Rose All Butter Lemon Shortbread 115g
Edinburgh Christmas After Dinner Coffee Craft Bag 113g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Verdict

I was absolutely delighted with the Christmas Sky Hamper and I have no doubt you would be too or indeed whoever was lucky enough to receive this luxurious hamper from you.  It was filled with delightful handmade and unique food items that are not that common in the shops making this hamper an ideal gift for someone this Christmas.  An additional bonus is the vintage style chest that can be reused after all the goodies have been eaten!

You can view all the hampers on offer from Prestige Hampers and see which one you will buy this Christmas!

 

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6 UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS YOU NEED TO BUY THIS CHRISTMAS

Have you bought everything you can think of as a Christmas present?  Want to find something a little bit different?  Have a look at my unique Christmas Gift Guide items for some inspiration.  I’m sure you will find something that will help you surprise something this Christmas!

 

Retro Gaming

This retro plug and play game is awesome.  It has a library of over 200 retro games which all you have to do is plug and play.  A must to share with your kids what your favourite games were growing up!  A great talking point.  Head over to Find a Gift to get yours.

 

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Doris & Co

Doris & Co is a British company who English creamware pottery and home wares using old fashioned methods traditional to England. They have stunning pottery for all tastes.  Their From Small Acorns mug is beautiful and just want you need to help your dreams grow in to reality!

 

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Child’s Farm

Baby bedtime kit  – £12.99 from Childsfarm.com
A perfect gift for parents of a newborn this Christmas! The baby bedtime gift set contains 3 large bottles of essential baby lotions and washes, and routine information to help make bedtime for baby easy. This range from Child’s Farm is amazing, it has been specially developed to care for baby‘s delicate skin – even if it’s prone to sensitivity and even eczema. So mild and gentle is the range that it is suitable for newborns & babies with sensitive skin and even newborns & babies with eczema prone skin.

 

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Wonderbag

I first came across the Wonderbag when it was tested on The Gadget Show.  The Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary, non-electric portable slow cooker. It continues to cook food which has been brought to the boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of additional electricity or fuel.  How unique is that?  An ideal present for those who love camping or glamping or just a day out!

 

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Braun

Trusted brand Braun have two products that are idea for those who love grooming.  The Braun Multi Grooming kit offers face and head trimming all in one package.  You can get yours here. I mean with beards being so fashionable, it’s a great gift to help with grooming!

For women you can purchase the Braun Silk-epil 9 Skin Spa which combines an innovative sonic exfoliation brush for epilation excellence.  But don’t take my word for it, you can purchase it now to find out how wonderful it is.

 

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Coffee Gator

 

These Coffee Gator products are an absolute must for any coffee lover!  The Gator Pour Over Coffee Kettle allows you to make the perfect cup of coffee with the right amount of water at the right temperature to ensure a delicious note and aroma to your coffee.  The Coffee Canister is also a must to insure your ground coffee or beans are kept fresh and fragrant for a perfect cup of coffee every time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR TEENAGER & GIVEAWAY

I am delighted to be sharing with you my Ultimate Gift Guide for a Teenager.  I struggle when it comes to buying for teenagers so this year I thought it best to share what I have found.  Hopefully it will help you make a decision when buying gifts.

I’ve also located the best place to buy the gifts in terms of price.  So head over now and get your gift sorted.

 

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Pentel EngerGel Pens

A stunning array of coloured pens from Pentel which are a force to be reckoned with in terms of quality and variety.  Ideal for making lists and writing down goals. You can get yours here.

 

 

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The Makery

What a fantastic idea The Makery is!  You can buy little kits ranging from the Knickers one to a lampshade.  Will keep ideal hands occupied for hours!

 

 

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Find Me A Gift

A fantastic website Find Me A Gift where there are a fantastic array of gifts on offer.  For me, this leather journal is a must for writing down ideas, setting goals and making dreams.

 

 

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Perfume

A beautiful perfume gift, Ari by Ariana Grande.  A beautiful fruity scent and in such a beautiful bottle.  Would look beautiful on any dressing table.  A great price at £22 in Superdrug.

 

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Grooming

The perfect gift for your hero with Gillette Mach3 Turbo Justice League limited edition gift pack. Includes Gillette Mach3 Turbo men’s razor, 2 blade refills and an exclusive virtual reality headset.  What’s not to like about this excellent gift?  Only £8.66 from Superdrug.

 

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Skin Care

Skin Genius make a fantastic range of skin care products ideal for teenagers.  The SkinGenius range is designed to tackle skin troubles and best of all it contains no junk!  An ideal gift to present to a teenager to help with their skincare routine.  You can buy yours here.

 

 

I hope these gifts give you some inspiration this Christmas as much as they have me 🙂

 

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THE LITTLE BIT OF LUXURY ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFTS YOU NEED TO GET NOW

Finding it hard to find a gift?  I’m here to help you with my Little Bit of Luxury Ultimate Christmas Gifts you need to get now!  I hope you find something a little bit different for a unique and inspiring present for your loved one or to treat yourself.

 

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Beefayre Luxury Candles & Diffussers

A stunning array of candles and diffusers made in England which use sustainably sourced ingredients made of natural ingredients where possible. There are no parabens in their products either!

 

Bath oil

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Olverum Luxury Bath Oil

This has to be – hands down the best bath oil EVER!  A bold statement I know but it is the most luxurious bathing experience using Olverum. An aromatic blend of essential oils which combine to ease stress and relax tension in both mind and body, bringing you back to your complete and natural self.  Head over to their website to purchase this awesome product!

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Natural Spa Factory Teen Can

What a wonderful idea!  A sturdy tin packed with pampering products for young skin care lovers. Ideal for tough to buy for teens!  Head over to the Natural Spa Factory to find out more.

 

 

 

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Quiet Rebellion Luxury Socks

These are such quirky socks and while they may appear serious they have a funky hidden pattern! Designed in London these are the most luxurious socks I have come across!  Head over to Quiet Rebellion to find yours!

 

Some unique and inspiring gifts that add that little bit of luxury. Head over to www.elfeelgoodsvintage.uk to find out where to buy them.

 

 

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