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Ep 12 - Sexual Health in Menopause: How to Help Your Vagina with Sam Evans and Dr. Charlotte Gooding
Episode 126th September 2022 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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Now I wonder: What do you call your ‘down below’, your ‘front bottom’?

I am so excited to be speaking to two fantastic ladies today: menopause specialist and GP Dr. Charlotte Gooding and Samantha Evans, co-founder of Jo Divine, an online sex toy company.

We talk about vaginal health, how this can be affected in menopause after cancer and what we can do to find symptom relief.

Vaginal atrophy

Painful sex

Vaginal dryness

Urinary symptoms


Lubes, sex toys

The lot…

Sam has a professional background in nursing, works with many healthcare professionals in the NHS and private practice and I love her open manner. She is also called the the Lube Queen - and she’s just brilliant!

This is Jo Divine and you can also find Sam on instagram here

Charlotte Gooding is a GP with a special interest in Menopause care. Charlotte is based in a NHS GP practice in Newcastle where she is lead for Women’s Health. She is also a member of the BMS and works in private practice at Menopausecare

I really wanted to speak to Charlotte today as I think her special interest in sexual health and vaginal health is just great.

You can also find Charlotte on instagram here

Here are the highlights:

(04:31) We don’t teach people the accurate names

(05:50) Sam the Lube Queen

(10:08)  What happens to our vulvas and vaginas when the oestrogen levels drop?

(16:03) You need an intimate regime

(22:28) The difference between water-based and oil-based lubricants

(30:56) When would I need to start a moisturising routine?

(32:55) Vaginal oestrogens

(41:54) Sex toys

(58:10 Laser treatment

About Dani:

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me.

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

Connect with Dani:

Instagram @healthywholeme 

Facebook: @healthywholeme 

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For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website:







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