Episode 134: Normalizing menopause with Prof Martha Hickey
My guest, Professor Martha Hickey, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University. She is in active clinical practice with a research expertise in menstrual disorders and menopause. This is such an important conversation about normalizing menopause. It may be difficult for some women but it is a completely natural transition in a woman’s life. Martha is a leader in developing national guidelines for menopause management in Australia and New Zealand and also in developing a new model of care for managing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer. She was the lead author on an article about normalizing menopause in the British Medical Journal which ruffled a few feathers last summer.
We talk about:
- Why her BMJ article proved so contentious
- Misinformation about menopause that she’d like to correct
- The ‘official’ symptoms of menopause
- Martha’s view on HRT and what it can be used for
- Narratives around menopause and HRT in the UK and elsewhere
- Working out what’s fact in a sea of information
- HRT and breast cancer
- Martha’s Flesh After Fifty exhibition
- How older women are viewed in society
- Older women in aboriginal art
- Martha’s hopes for menopause and older women
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