It’s nearing the end of 2022 and it feels like friends, families, and workplaces are only just embracing conversation about the menopause and perimenopause. It can often be met with embarrassment and a huge lack of knowledge and information!
At a time when veterinary professionals are in such huge demand and are so stretched in practice, employers are having to fast-track their policies and procedures to ensure they can attract, engage, and retain talent.
The 18th of October is World Menopause Awareness Day. The menopause is an issue of importance not only for women of all ages but for men as well. It is an unavoidable physiological process for women, with symptoms negatively affecting their physical and mental health. The average age at which the menopause begins is 51, but this is not set in stone as some women start to experience peri-menopausal symptoms whilst still in their 40s.
The most common symptoms of the menopause are fatigue, irritability, insomnia, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. It is important to emphasise that although there are common symptoms, each woman will experience the menopause differently, including its symptoms and duration, from 1 to 20 years.
The impact of the menopause on physical, mental and work health is not to be taken lightly. With the retention crisis our profession is going through, we must open spaces on how we can help women to stay in practice, as many leave their jobs due to lack of understanding and flexibility while going through the menopause.
We bring you a panel on the menopause; with Dr Claire Gillvray, Liz Barton, Belinda Steffan, Alison Daubney, Rob Williams and facilitator Kathryn Bell for an hour of open and honest conversations about menopause, and why now is the time to talk about it.
The learning objectives of the webinar are:
- Increase awareness and understanding of the menopause
- Discover the impact of the menopause in the veterinary profession
- It’s time to change the narrative – find out how
- Tips and advice on how to support conversations about menopause in veterinary practice
- Actions to highlight and celebrate best practice workplace policies
If this is a topic that interests you, you can also listen to our podcast with Clare Knox. Clare is going through the perimonopause at just 36 and thriving! The podcast discusses the difference between perimenopause and menopause, its symptoms and the importance of talking about it in the workplace and ensuring team leaders have the knowledge, awareness and confidence to support those going through it.
To access Belinda’s articles mentioned in the webinar, search for ‘Belinda Steffan’ at www.googlescholar.com (free access)
To purchase a toolkit of different resources on the menopause have a look here