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Common Causes of Low Libido during Menopause

Many women going through menopause battle with sexual changes which may range from vaginal dryness and pain during sex to difficulty achieving an orgasm. But by far the most distressing symptom is the loss of sexual desire. Low libido can impact your sense of self as well as your relationship with your partner. Common Causes […]

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The Causes of Low Libido during Menopause

Sex is something we may laugh about, even brag about, but if it’s becoming a problem in our lives and our primary relationship, it’s usually the last thing we want to talk about. For many midlife women experiencing the “joys” of menopause one of the most distressing symptoms is the loss of libido. Unlike hot […]

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I’ve Been Rolfed – Part 1: The What, Why and How of Rolfing

Although Rolfing has been around since the 1960s not many people have heard of it. That is slowly starting to change, especially as Olympic athletes and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow help spread the word. In the UK there are only 36 Certified Rolfers, so it is a therapy that is still small but growing. What […]

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I’ve Been Rolfed – Part 2: How Rolfing Changed My Life

In Part 1 of I’ve Been Rolfed I explained what Rolfing is and how it works and my reasons for deciding to try it. In Part 2 I look more closely at how my body changed and my physical awareness grew over the course of the treatment and what I ultimately gained from being Rolfed. […]

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The Health Benefits of Knitting

As a child I hated sewing classes at school. Until I realised that if I said I’d left my sewing at home, the teacher would give me needles and wool and tell me to knit a square. I loved knitting; it relaxed me, gave me a purpose – to knit as fast as I could […]

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The Menopause Almost Destroyed My Relationship

Angie Macdonald was unprepared for the profound effect menopause had on her health and relationship, until she discovered testosterone. In February my partner and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary. But back in 2012 I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. Depressed, irritable and easily stressed out, I found myself experiencing heart palpitations, hot […]

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Why I Love Walking

Severe reactive arthritis in my early 40s left me unable to walk properly for a couple of years. Now fully recovered, my love of long distance walking has transformed my body and my life. Imagine if I could no longer walk. How would I cope? That was the thought that ran through my head some […]

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Finding My Body’s Way with Nia Dance

It’s a Saturday afternoon in East Dulwich. Outside it’s pouring with rain, but inside Push Studios, I’m with a group of women moving to music. I’m barefoot and sweating and feeling utterly free in my body. Most importantly, I’m having fun! My quest to be Fit by Fifty had brought me to a two hour […]

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Fit by Fifty: A Litany of Injuries

Things are not going according to plan. My goal is to be Fit and Fab by Fifty but the more I try to get fit, the more I injure myself. Fit by Fifty: A Litany of Injuries In the last few months I have torn the rotator cuff in my right shoulder and put my […]

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The 2-Day Diet: Feeling Great but not Losing Weight

My quest to be Fit (and Fab!) by Fifty continues. In a little over a year I will be celebrating my half-century on the planet and my aim is to look and feel the best I can. No fitness plan would be complete without a diet and this year the diet I’m attempting is The […]

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