We were joined by over 40 guests in the gorgeous setting of Harvey Nichols’ Brasserie at The Mailbox in Birmingham to hear from menopause experts, consultant gynaecologist Miss Lynne Robinson and GP Dr Shahzadi Harper, with a glass of bubbles and some nibbles on Monday 14th October.
Dr Harper kicked off the conversation, sharing her own story of how she became passionate about supporting women going through the menopause, and how growing up surrounded by females of varying ages inspired her to learn more about symptoms, treatments and lifestyle choices.
Dr Harper and Miss Robinson then discussed symptoms ranging from hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety and depression, brain fog, vaginal dryness, sex and intimacy, and different treatments from types of HRT through to more localised treatments and lifestyle changes.
It was refreshing to hear women in the audience share their stories and talk openly with each other about their experiences and concerns. Guests had the opportunity to ask experts the questions they have previously felt unable to.
Miss Lynne Robinson
Miss Lynne Robinson currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, where she leads the Menopause and Reproductive Endocrine services; one of the largest menopause clinics in the UK, which offers a service for complex patients and premature menopause. She is a member of the British Menopause Society and chair of the West Midlands Menopause Society. Lynne is an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham, has published widely and continues her academic work alongside her teaching and service development commitments.
Dr. Shahzadi Harper
Dr Shahzadi Harper is a dynamic women’s wellbeing and menopause doctor specialising in perimenopause and menopause, vulvovaginal atrophy and vaginal health. Dr Harper has a proactive and holistic approach to addressing modifiable lifestyle choices to improve wellbeing. She graduated from University College London in 1994 and has recently opened her own clinic in Harley Street, London. She is a member of British Menopause Society and has been an advisor to healthcare companies on best practise for women going through the menopause transition in the workplace.
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