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Hello and welcome to The Merry Menopause Book Club, the podcast that brings you the authors of the books written to inspire us, educated us and guide on our journey through midlife. Created and hosted by me Jo Fuller, Menopause and Menstruation educator and founder of the Merry Menopause. In each episode, I will be chatting to the author of a book that has inspired me, educated me and got me thinking. I'll also be giving away a copy of the book in discussion over on my Instagram account @the ...
 
Episodes help Midlife Women with health, relationships, confidence and finances. Interviews with Experts or Jean sharing her experience PATTERN INTERRUPT - Brief talks by Jean about the unseen effects of the COVID-19 Lock-down on our lives now and into the future. She predicts the consequences will fall most heavily on Midlife Women but provide them with great opportunities too.
 
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My last guest of Season 2 is the wonderful Sarah Chadwick author of The Sweetness of Venus - A History of the Clitoris. Challenging today’s definition of female sexuality, The Sweetness of Venus is a provocative, straight-talking and rigorously researched history exposing the denial, misunderstanding and brutality endured by this taboo body part. S…
 
My guest on the penultimate episode of S2 is Emma Bardwell registered nutritionist and member of the British Menopause Society. Her evidence-based approach, coupled with an ongoing interest in Perimenopause and Menopause has made her one of the go-to names in women’s health. Emma is deeply anti-fad and doesn’t care for restriction, believing in pos…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Sophie Fletcher clinical hypnotherapist and author of Mindful Menopause. Sophie specialises in women’s wellbeing at transitional stages of their lives and her focus is the body and mind connection, exploring thoughts and feelings that may arise at times of vulnerability giving practical, everyday tools that make a di…
 
In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking to Kim McCabe, author of ‘From Daughter to Woman’ a guide to parenting girls safely through their teens. Kim is a child development expert and founder-director of the non-profit organisation Rites for Girls. She studied psychology at Cambridge University, before training as a counsellor for distressed…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jackie Lynch author of "The Happy Menopause" and host of The Happy Menopause Podcast. Jackie discovered the power of nutrition 15 years ago when she followed personalised nutritional advice and experienced first-hand the dramatic changes in her energy well being and performance. This led her to give up her senior cor…
 
In this episode, I am in conversation with Dr Philippa Kaye, GP and author. Philippa has a weekly column in Woman magazine and you may recognise her from her regular appearances on ITV’s, This Morning. The M Word is a complete one-stop guide to the Perimenopause and Menopause, covering everything from understanding symptoms and managing relationshi…
 
In this episode, I talk to Ruth Devlin, Registered Nurse and founder of Let’s Talk Menopause, which she set up in response to the conflicting advice she received during her Perimenopause. Ruth has gone on to raise awareness and provide accurate and helpful information on Menopause, through her courses, guest speaking at events and appearances on TV…
 
In this episode I talk to one of the pioneers of natural menopause management Maryon Stewart. A font of knowledge and true expert in the field of hormones, PMS and Menopause. Her latest book is six week self coaching programming and I guarantee you after listening to this episode you will be informed, inspired and ready to take control of you wellb…
 
In this episode I chat with Dr Annice Mukherjee top hormone consultant with over 30 years of experience helping women achieve hormone balance and renewed vitality before, during and after the menopause. Join as we discuss Dr Annices own personal journey following her breast cancer diagnosis at 41 and an induced chemical menopause. Why menopause is …
 
In this episode, I chat to Tracey Cox, author, psychologist and TV personality about sex and how to adapt to the changes as we age. Fifty-plus looks nothing like it used to. Many of us I hit half a century with little sign of slowing down, but like it or not, something happens to us sexually post 50. Please join us as we discuss:- Tracey’s realisat…
 
In this episode, I meet Annie Auerbach for the second time since the first publication of Flex in 2019. To mark this year's publication of Flex in paperback Annie has added an extra chapter, Flex in Flux to deal with the assumption that working from home during a pandemic is Flex. It is not. Flex at its best is an ideology for a more inclusive futu…
 
Changing Partners in Middle Life In this Expert Interview for the New Midlife Woman Community, we have Heather Garbutt who is a renowned Love and Relationship Coach. She and I are discussing one of the most important issues that face women in middle life. As we experience the midlife transition, we find our needs from our love partner change as we …
 
Getting Healthy for the Peri-Menopause This is first of our Expert Interviews. Philippa Bennett is a Nutritionist and Homeopath who talks to us about the physiological changes going on for us during the Perimenopause and how nutritional supplementation and homeopathy can drastically reduce the unpleasant physical symptoms of the perimenopause and u…
 
Recently Jan Morris died at the age of 94 after living a remarkable life both as a man and a woman. I would like to think of her as a role model for me and many others who are not happy being consigned to one or other gender by a narrow minded society. Jan made her transition when attitudes were more rigid than they are now and overcame prejudice a…
 
There is a formula or recipe for good communication with Midlife Men, and anyone else. In the first episode we looked at the first ingredient which is Attention. We look at tactics for getting and keeping a man's attention and adding the next ingredient which is Intention. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Facebook. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Inst…
 
The New Midlife Woman Community aims help women overcome the obstacles and challenges that can hold a midlife woman back from taking the opportunities that are available to her in the second half of her life. As a start I have chosen Talking With Midlife Men because many of the problems a midlife woman has to deal with are caused directly or indire…
 
The Future is Feminine is the last episode in my Pattern Interrupt series. It examines how we and many other working people may find things have changed in the post Covid-19 world. We may find our usual work opportunities have shrunk or even disappeared. How can we replace or supplement those earnings? And what are we going to do about the pressing…
 
The term Pattern Interrupt come from Life Coaching. When a Coaching client is giving a lot of excuses about why their life is not as they would want it to be, and whose fault it is, the Coach asks an incisive question. This causes the client to stop in their tracks and look at the situation from a different viewpoint. The Covid-19 lock-down is havi…
 
The term Pattern Interrupt come from Life Coaching. When a Coaching client is giving a lot of excuses about why their life is not as they would want it to be, and whose fault it is, the Coach asks an incisive question. This causes the client to stop in their tracks and look at the situation from a different viewpoint. The Covid-19 lock-down is havi…
 
The term Pattern Interrupt come from Life Coaching. When a Coaching client is giving a lot of excuses about why their life is not as they would want it to be, and whose fault it is, the Coach asks an incisive question. This causes the client to stop in their tracks and look at the situation from a different viewpoint. The Covid-19 lock-down is havi…
 
How are you getting on with your 'loved one' during the Covid-19 Lock-down? The term PATTERN INTERRUPT comes from Life Coaching when an incisive question changes the way the client sees a situation. Pattern Interrupts happen in real life too. The Covid-19 lockdown is a major Pattern Interrupt for us all. In this episode we look at our relationship …
 
If you have children living at home the pattern of their lives and yours will have been interrupted and shaken up. This can be challenging. Are you providing structure and routine to keep them occupied and stable? If you have done this well, I predict your children will remember this as a Golden Period of their lives, because they had so much acces…
 
Marian Bourne - Nutritional Expert, Therapist and Coach - tells her story and talks about the work she does, particularly with Midlife Women. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Facebook. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Instagram. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Linkedin. Visit my website for more info. http://lovemidlifewoman.com/…
 
Midlife Women need to take more control of their intimate relationships with Midlife Men and ensure that their needs are met. Jean is a launching a programme called Living with Midlife Men. To find out how to join, email her jean@lovemidlifewoman.com Connect with Jean Macdonald on Facebook. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Instagram. Connect with Jea…
 
Introductory interview with Dr Gill Barham about the three areas that midlife women have to contend with and how Gill helps midlife women achieve Elite Health. PLEASE NOTE a glitch has appeared on the recording at 1 minute 50 secs. Gill is talking about the Menopause being a natural process and that we shouldn't automatically medicate for it, as we…
 
In this 3 minute extract from an interview Adrienne sums up so well the situation midlife women can find themselves in unless they take positive action to avoid or escape it. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Facebook. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Instagram. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Linkedin. Visit my website for more info. http://lovemidlifew…
 
Julie Kerr who is a Bulimia Recovery Coach and Mentor. Julie has learnt some fundamental principles which can be applied by all women with a bad relationship with food. She is the author of ‘Are your Dieting Strategies Killing You?’ We discuss why more midlife women than ever are struggling with food and how they feel about their bodies.I also be a…
 
For this interview I am fortunate to have the Public Speaking Coach Marion Bevington. Marion’s slogan is Stage Fright Away! There are many other occasions however when Midlife Women have a need to speak up for themselves and find their authentic voice.I will be asking Marion about her journey to becoming a Speaking Coach and how she has helped midl…
 
Many midlife women are now afraid to display their femininity in order not to appear weak or reduce their credibility. Unfortunately this can make them assertive and demanding in their relationships which puts off high calibre men and often attracts men who are needy or predatory.Nicki Vee the renowned Intimate Relationships Coach has evolved a pro…
 
Interview covers why Jean wrote her book 'Love Sex and the Midlife Woman' to help Midlife Women clarify their needs; define themselves as a Midlife Woman, finding a new partner in midlife, and plans for the New Midlife Woman Community Connect with Jean Macdonald on Facebook. Connect with Jean Macdonald on Instagram. Connect with Jean Macdonald on L…
 
As we grow older we find memories that persist which we wish we could forget. They remind us of mistakes and embarrassments, or other deeper bad experiences. Even when we think we have dealt with them or suppressed them, they can manifest themselves in the form of stress and nameless anxiety.My guest on the radio show is Susan Leigh – therapist & a…
 
Are you facing a difficult decision in your life? Or are you ducking and weaving to avoid making a decision? It happens to us all. That is when we need guidance from a Crossroads Coach. Marian explains why so many Midlife Women come to a cross roads with difficult decisions to make. From her experience she tells of the consequences to our health an…
 
Midlife Women have different needs as they move into the second half of their lives. They need to make up for what nature provided when they were younger. Midlife women should take special care of themselves not just to stay healthy, but to improve their ‘Wellness’.Gill Barham is a Women’s Elite Health and Lifestyle Coach. Gill is also the author o…
 
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