Requiem for my sweat pants

I am not a fashionista by anyone’s definition, especially my mother’s. She could take a deep breath and dive into a bin of clothes on sale at Neiman’s and triumphantly come up with an Armani sweater half off. She had monster lung capacity. I look at a bin of clothes on sale, hyperventilate and run.  I hate shopping. […]

Your Stories: a real woman’s account of the impact of vaginal atrophy

Atrophy: it’s not something you want to hear has happened to your vagina   Atrophy, according to the dictionary, means “to gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect”. It’s what happens when your leg has been in a cast then emerges into the light, pallid, spindly and weak. It is not something you want to hear has happened to your vagina. […]

The ’pause that refreshes?

‘Peri-’ and ‘-pausal’: two distinctly different experiences or one long, drawn-out holding cell and then you die?  By Gail Forrest  When it came to menopause, my girlfriends and I were confused. We were never sure which of us was “peri-” and which was “-pausal”. Are they two distinctly different experiences or one long, drawn-out holding […]

I’m bringin’ sexy back

When reader Anna lost her libido, she wanted answers. Now she’s determined to get it back – and share her story  It’s still such a taboo, isn’t it, talking about loss of libido – whether you’re menopausal or not. So here goes. Why don’t I want to have sex with my husband?  I think the […]


What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of a menopausal woman? For most of us, it’s probably a sweating fiftysomething, peeling off layers while simultaneously trying to open a window in mid-January. That’s what a hot flush looks like. It’s one of the most common symptoms of menopause – and probably […]

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Sometimes a hot flush is about more than just a dodgy thermostat…  Why is it so damn hot in here? At Linate airport, the queue for temperature checks is growing. It’s February 2020, just before Italy locks down its first coronavirus hotspots. Outside, snow is falling on Milan, and yet I – always the coldest […]

Lichen Sclerosus & Lipogems

lichen sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus is an auto-immune condition that creates dry and thinning skin around the genital area. Lipogems is a treatment that can help.

Dani Binnington

The brave decision to have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed led into early menopause.