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Charlotte - Interview 03- Menopause

Age at interview: 54
Brief Outline: Following heavy bleeding, Charlotte was referred to a gynaecologist and prescribed the drug Zoladex to induce the menopause. This led to severe hot flushes. Bleeding returned after treatment ended, however, and Charlotte is now considering a hysterectomy.
Background: Charlotte is a university professor. She is married with two adult daughters. She started the menopause at age 47. Ethnic background/nationality' Welsh/Caribbean.

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Charlotte encourages other women to push for the menopause services they want.

Charlotte encourages other women to push for the menopause services they want.

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 I think that to others I would say “You direct the process you’re in”, “You tell your GP what you want”, “You ask those questions about services of your GP and even if they’re not there so that we do get them through our demand of them”. So it’s good to ask for a woman doctor if you would prefer a woman doctor. Or it’s good to ask for half an hour with the nurse just to talk about it. So, sort of pushing the services forward through our demand I think is important. And get a good gynaecologist that you feel confident in and stay on his or her books through the process. Try and be able to go back to them even if things are going okay, you can still go back.

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