“For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and science knowledge production, so essentially we’ve ended up with a healthcare system, among other things in society, that has been made by men for men,” Dr Kate Young, public health researcher at Monash University in Australia
WOMEN'S HEALTH SEMINARS
Centuries of female exclusion has meant women’s diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remain a total mystery. This less explored area of health, is obviously of vital importance to us and our female clients. In this series, (which is in development), you will learn how to best support your female clients to access the medical help they deserve, you will also have a much greater understanding of many women's health challenges and tangible skills to support your clients. We will be collaborating with experts to explore Menopause (see below), pelvic floor health, gastrointestinal issues, chronic pathologies including endometriosis & fibroids; we will look at the impact of scar tissue after birth, caesarean section and episiotomy and how these interventions affect other structures, leading to symptoms and pathologies.
1. MENOPAUSE & PERIMENOPAUSE
Supporting the transition
During their 40s and 50s, women may present with a range of symptoms that are linked to the hormonal changes associated with the peri/menopause. This can include erratic and heavy periods, insomnia, hot flushes and anxiety – plus a whole lot more. This seminar will explain the physiological changes that impact women’s lives during this crucial life-stage and give you some strategies to help your clients have a better menopause. We will discuss the pros and cons of HRT, how herbs and nutrition play a key role in holistic treatment, and why stress and burnout increase the severity of symptoms. Education and prevention are key – join this seminar to make sure you have the most up to date knowledge on menopause to better support your patients.
We are honoured to have women's health expert Melinda McDougall to present this seminar.
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Tutor: Melinda McDougall is a registered Medical Herbalist who is passionate about helping women have a healthy, happy menopause. She holds a Master of Science degree in herbal medicine and specialises in women’s health. She has analysed hundreds of research papers on herbal medicine and menopause to find out what really works and uses that knowledge in her busy clinic to help women find natural solutions to their health problems. She is a board director of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and collaborates with a publisher to commission books on herbal medicine.
2. PELVIC FLOOR
Pelvic Floor Health - We all need to love our pelvic floor
Tutor: For the last 22 years, Jane Simpson has had her own private practice, at The London Clinic in Harley Street, where she treats women and men of all ages with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has a special interest in stress incontinence, overactive bladder and urge incontinence, vaginal prolapse, pregnancy and childbirth, the menopause, constipation and bowel dysfunction and sex and the pelvic floor. She has written a book called The Pelvic Floor Bible, published by Penguin Life.
After training as a nurse in Cambridge, Jane went on to become a district nursing sister. She then became a Continence Nurse Specialist in the NHS, and began lecturing and training other healthcare professionals in
the promotion of continence and the management of incontinence. She is a member of The Pelvic Floor Society, The Association for Continence Advice, The International Continence Society, The British Association of Urological Nurses and The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
She is regularly asked to comment in the media having featured in the Times, Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and Channel 5 News. She is also the resident Pelvic floor expert on Mumsnet.
In her downtime, Jane is a passionate cook and a keen gardener. She is involved in raising money for both prostate and bowel cancer and has run the London Marathon and walked Hadrian’s Wall. You can find her at www.thepelvicfloorbible.com and on Instagram @jane_thepelvicfloorbible