Ageing well through the menopause

Written by SHFPACT on . Posted in Menopause Blog

Whether you're dreading 'The Change' or looking forward to the freedom it can bring, for most women in their midlife years, menopause is on the menu.

And while this life stage may bring changes and challenges, there are positive steps that women can take to improve their health and wellbeing during this time.

How to bring your A-game to your frame

Written by Jean Hailes on . Posted in Menopause Blog

We tend to think of our skeletons as a never-changing frame. However, just like other parts of our bodies, our bones are constantly being broken down and renewed.

Bones, just like muscles, are living tissue and need to be looked after. And an important part of bone care is physical activity, to enable them to gain strength and remain strong throughout life.

But what exercise or physical activity is best for bone health? You may have heard of the term 'weight-bearing exercise', but what does the term actually mean? And how do you get the most bang for your 'exercise buck' when it comes to bone health? Here, we'll answer these questions and more.

The issue with bioidentical hormones

Written by Ruth McPhail | Griffith University on . Posted in Menopause Blog

In recent years, bioidentical hormones have gained popularity as a more 'natural' alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and difficulty concentrating.

Bioidentical hormones are based on extracts such as yam and soybean, hence their 'natural' appeal. However, claims that they are safer and more natural than HRT – also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) – are misleading and not based on scientific evidence.

The most common menopausal symptoms

Written by SHFPACT on . Posted in Menopause Blog

Professor Susan R. Davis discusses several of the most common menopausal symptoms.


Find out how menopause may affect your life and what The Canberra Menopause Centre can do for you.

The transition to the menopause can vary in length depending on the woman but troubling symptoms can occur 1-3 years before the last period . In the postmenopausal phase of a woman’s life symptoms like hot flushes can continue for the first couple of years and beyond.


Unfortunately some women can experience hot flushes and night sweats well into their 60’s. For many women, these changes will have little impact on their lives; however, some women may experience symptoms severe enough to affect their health and well-being, and disrupt their lives. Some women might feel anxious about reaching the menopause and mourn the loss of their fertility and youth.

Where to find support and information about menopause in Canberra

Written by Emma Davidson | on . Posted in Menopause Blog

This article about The Canberra Menopause Centre at SHFPACT was written by Emma Davidson and first published on the

Whenever we ask women for areas of health that they wish they had more information about, the subject of menopause comes up. Women want to know what to expect, what’s normal and when you should see your doctor, and ways to manage symptoms. But finding reliable information was not easy in Canberra – until Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT opened the Canberra Menopause Centre.

Do you need help or advice with Menopause

Call 6247 3077 during business hours Monday to Friday to make an appointment.

SHFPACT has been providing services in Canberra for over 40 years. SHFPACT is a not-for-profit, non-government, membership-based organisation, and is a member of Family Planning Alliance Australia - a network of independent, state-based reproductive and sexual health organisations - and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) .