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Menopause Matters at Southend

25 June 2019

Miss Nidhi Tripathi (pictured), Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, is putting Southend on the map as a go-to hospital for menopause training.

Thanks to Miss Tripathi's considerable expertise, Southend Hospital is now registered to train consultants, GPs and specialist nurses in listening to, advising and treating women experiencing a wide-range of symptoms related to menopause and peri-menopause.

"Every woman who has periods will experience menopause," explains Miss Tripathi. "It may happen as part of the natural aging process or unexpectedly early either spontaneously or as a result of surgery or treatment. Considering that, I continue to be surprised that menopause isn't talked about more often and more openly, although that does seem to be slowly changing.

"Women who come to my clinics tell me how difficult it can be to access the information they want or need to help them understand the different ways that menopause can affect their physical and mental health. 

"I'm passionate about educating health professionals to recognise menopause symptoms - which can be many and varied - and help women take decisions on the best way to manage their symptoms for their immediate and future health.

"There are a lot of myths and misconceptions around menopause and HRT (hormone replacement therapy) as well as changes in the way that NICE recommends that symptoms should be treated, so up-to-date training is essential to enable health professionals to give great advice to the women that need it."

One of the trainees, Miss Saadia Noreldeen a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, praised the training she received at Southend: "The best thing about the trainer is not only the knowledge or excellent consultation skills but also the friendliness and being very approachable. It was the best learning experience since I have done my scan training in 2009. I have learnt so much in a field that I had very limited baseline knowledge.  The learning, based on problem solving and interacting with patient, has helped me to see patient issues live and in a real environment."

Pictured:  Miss Nidhi Tripath