Leeds entrepreneur has launched an online pharmacy dedicated to improving access and treatment options for women going through menopause.
In the lead-up to World Menopause Day on 18 October 2022, a Leeds entrepreneur is using her personal experience and medical knowledge to help others going through menopause.
A qualified prescribing pharmacist, 42-year-old Melissa Sookia knows all too well
about the lack of support and affordable treatment available for women suffering
from menopausal symptoms.
It was whilst offering a menopause service at her clinic that Melissa noticed a huge gap in the market after seeing the significant improvement in patient wellbeing, mood and sex drive within a matter of weeks of receiving treatment.
Speaking about the reasons for setting up LIVVE, Melissa said: “With 13,000,000 menopausal women in the UK, it’s time to cut through the deafening silence on this topic and get past the shame society has placed on it.
“I went through perimenopause when I was 40 and after a few appointments with my
GP was left feeling underwhelmed and frustrated by the treatment options and
advice I received.
“There was so much more I could offer with the knowledge I had about menopause
and my role as a prescribing Pharmacist that no one else was doing.”
Within just a few months, Melissa had completed her training with the Marion Gluck Academy and became a member of The British Menopause Society.
LIVVE launches later this month and provides treatment for all 48 symptoms of menopause. Patients can access all the information and support needed to live an empowered life, as well as the freedom to talk openly about their feelings and concerns.
The platform will provide both a consultation service and an online pharmacy all in one place, users can enjoy just one point of contact, enabling patients to receive a more tailored, personal approach to their menopause care and medication.
Being online, the costs and time for consultations is kept down and thus allows for treatment to be more readily available for those in need.
Ahead of the launch, Melissa said: “Pharmacists are a key part of the solution. They are experts in offering practical help and making decisions about which medicines to prescribe and dispense. The online nature of LIVVE enables us to offer a responsive and cost-effective service
“I am beyond excited to be able to utilise my skills and experience to create
something that can make a difference, that’s affordable and can help women.”
To find out more about LIVVE, take a look at their website.
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