All things Menopause, a project aiming to educate women and their family and friends about menopause so they can be empowered to manage their health and their symptoms using self-management strategies but equally know when to seek professional help appropriately.
The project by InforMDMenopause provides evidence-based, relatable information on menopause and perimenopause through a number of free in-person workshops delivered to the community and a free online platform.
Menopause And The City is a Smart D8 pilot from Dr Louise Fitzgerald of Grafton Medical Practice/InforMD.ie. The pilot aims to educate women and their family and friends about menopause so they can be empowered to manage their symptoms using self-management strategies but equally know when to seek professional help appropriately.
Dr Fitzgerald is aiming for Dublin 8 to become the centre of the first city-wide approach to positive menopause education and support.
Dublin-based Dr Louise Fitzgerald said it was “quite shocking to hear that 82pc of women are in some way affected in their work performance by menopause symptoms”.
“Undoubtedly menopause is one of the most talked about health points in the last two to three years. Yet what is not said is the health inequality in menopause care.
“Scratch below the surface and you find an array of expensive menopause products and supplements in pharmacies and health food stores, many GPs not willing to discuss menopause health due to lack of time or training, private menopause clinics limited by cost and waiting lists, and public menopause clinics only available for complex menopause patients.”
While the conversation around menopause is getting louder, there is still a lot of misinformation, Dr Fitzgerald said.
The event was the perfect opportunity to come together and discuss the challenges and experiences of menopause in a relaxed and informal setting. Featuring presentations from Aoife Nic Shamhráin, and Ciara McKenna, menopause doctors, and Clare Farrell, women’s health physiotherapist. .