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Menopause Classes for Emergency Services

In Diane, Featured, Health & Wellbeing, Menopause by Diane Richardson Clarke4 Comments

I was intrigued to read this in the Daily Mail a few days ago, menopause classes for emergency service staff is a HUGE step forward in educating people about menopause and how it can impact women.  I would be quite interested to attend one myself, it’s not something we’re taught about in school and if you’re my age I doubt your mother talked about it either!

You may remember some time ago we ran a post about new NICE Guidelines on menopause (just click the bold text to find out more), and then later another post about Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, who had called on employers to  create a culture where women feel comfortable discussing the menopause in the work place and called for guidelines to be drawn up for businesses so they can help staff deal with the issue.

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Prof. Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Office

Prof. Davies recommended the Faculty of Occupational Medicine produce guidelines for employers to help them provide support to women who need it during their menopause.  It would appear these menopause classes are the outcome work and the menopausal woman (you can find the full article and newspaper reports by clicking on the highlighted text).

At the time I was very excited that the menopause was being recognised and written about, I am even more excited now because it would appear something is actually being done in the workplace to raise awareness and bring the subject out in the open.

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Dr Louse Newson, who dubs herself the “Menopause Doctor” will give staff in the police and fire service, tips on how to help those they suspect are going through the menopause, she said in the Daily Mail article:

‘There is a problem with policewomen working through the menopause and policemen not understanding them.  Menopause is taken as a bit of a joke. The attitude is, “You’re a bit moody.” But it can affect women very seriously – and it’s time we destigmatised it.’

She also said too few people realised that mood swings and debilitating fatigue could also be triggered by changes in hormone levels.  ‘Having a culture at work where it is possible to talk about the menopause will help’

You can read the full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3909366/Police-officers-firefighters-given-menopause-classes-teach-help-female-colleagues-going-change.html#ixzz4Q5zroAcH.

I can see both sides of the argument, broadcaster Jenni Murray, warned of the dangers of implying that the menopause could make a woman less able to do her job.  However, I do feel if discussed in the correct way, with facts and figures, it can only help women to be in control of their own menopausal experience and not to feel guilty or embarrassed about the symptoms it can bring.  A step in the right direction to break the taboo!

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Love

Diane xx

Comments

  1. Yvonne Bruton

    You would be welcome to attend one of the workshops.. in Birmingham dates in Jan and Feb.. We were really surprised and disappointed with some media response that misses the point! This is good business sense as well as great for our staff, and would love you to present a more balanced view!

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      Diane Richardson Clarke

      Hi Yvonne

      What a wonderful offer, I would be delighted to attend one of the workshops and write a piece on it. I will email you direct so we can get it arranged. Thanks so much for getting in contact, we have a real passion to break the taboo’s around the menopause and were so excited the emergency services are trying to help people get a better understanding.

      Diane

  2. J

    There are very helpful UK website that can give advice to women about the menopause and for those going through an early menopause. ie menopause matters, menopause exchange. British Menopause Society (BMS) which is joined to the women’s health concern. Manage my menopause and the daisy network for premature menopause.
    There are several specialist menopause doctors and specialist nurses.

    The RCN dose special menopause diploma courses.

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      Diane Richardson Clarke

      Thanks for getting in contact and for sharing other forums where women can get more information on the menopause, all information is so helpful and the more places reliable information can be found, the better. We are sharing an article written by Dr Louise Newson and I think you will see from her credentials that she is highly qualified in the field, I think it’s very exciting that we are getting more menopause specialists, it’s been a taboo subject for so long and at last there is more discussion around the subject and more places for women to go to for advice. We were aware of the BMS, Menopause Matters and the Menopause Exchange and will be checking out the other sits. Thank you!

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