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Ep 72 - How to Make Your Vaginas, Vulvas and Bladders Happy
Episode 7215th November 2023 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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Problems with sex, vaginal pain, irritation, bladder symptoms and urinary tract infections are very common in menopause after cancer. Our guest experts today are sexual health educator and Yes ambassador Lavinia Winch who will talk us through all of our non-hormonal options, from moisturisers to lubes, to how to wash, and what ingredients to use or not to use. We are also joined by the wonderful Dr Carys Sonnenberg, a menopause specialist, who will advise on the role of vaginal oestrogen and will talk us through all the types available to us.

I’m also joined by a whole group of amazing ladies from our community who will have a chance to ask their questions - and it is always very special for me when we bring together our community of women with our fabulous experts!

This is a super practical episode, a little longer than our usual episodes - it is full of tips and both experts share a wealth of information.

A HUGE thanks goes to YES not only for making such great products that can really help with so many symptoms but they are also sponsoring this podcast. Thank you @yes for all you do for the women in my community.

Remember you can get some of the YES products from your GP or go HERE for their full range and lots of great info on their website.

YES has kindly given us a discount code to use. 

Go to their website and enter code HEALTHYWHOLEME for 15% off

And here is a little note from Dr. Sonnenberg to you:

I want to encourage women to be examined if possible, as some women struggle on and the diagnosis is not GUSM it’s lichen sclerosis or lichen planus which need steroid treatment. There are non hormonal treatments for bladder stability that would be fine post cancer and for nearly every woman vaginal oestrogen is safe in one form or another. I see women who deal with terrible bladder problems and leak constantly and don’t get help, maybe post hysterectomy for cancer. We can do lots of things to stabilise the bladder and to keep the vagina and vulva healthy.

You can find Dr. Sonnenberg here

And Lavinia’s email for further signposting is here:

Episode Highlights:

[10:12] Bladder and urinary symptoms in menopause.

[15:35] Sexual health, relationships, varied experiences, self-care.

[24:26] Lack of knowledge leads to lack of options.

[27:38] How we should wash our vaginas and vulvas.

[29:20] Vaginal moisturisers and lubricants. 

[36:30] You should discuss preferences, availability, and common genitourinary syndrome and understand changes.

[53:51] Bladder diary tracks drinks and bathroom habits.

[54:57] Tips for managing an overactive bladder

[01:00:20] Importance of building body confidence, treatment options.

[01:05:59] Speak up, ask for help in treatment.

[01:11:42]Rediscovering sexual health, pleasure, and intimacy.

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.

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