The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and ovaries stop producing eggs. According to the NHS this usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as oestrogen levels decline.
To raise awareness and improve understanding of the menopause, Dr Petra du Plessis hosted a series of presentations, discussing the menopause process, symptoms, treatment options and how it is diagnosed.
“The menopause is a natural part of ageing, and it happens to all women, yet it isn’t widely spoken about,” said Dr du Plessis.
“According to a survey carried out by menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson, four out of five women report experiencing symptoms and one in four will have severe symptoms yet less than half will seek help from their doctor. It is very important that we normalise talking about the menopause to help raise awareness and encourage those experiencing symptoms to seek support if they need it.”
The presentation evenings, attended by over 100 people, highlighted how employers can help those experiencing the menopause through flexible working arrangements and workplace adjustment. Making lifestyle changes such as exercising more and changing diet as well as treatment options, including prescribed medication and complementary therapies, were also discussed in the hour-long events
Please click on the link below to view the presentation Dr du Plessis ‘walked’ people through.
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