FPM x MWF – The Menopause: Not just a woman’s issue – Raise Awareness (Day 1)

Thursday 7 October 2021

Despite being a natural part of growing older, the menopause is often associated with stigma and taboo.

This stigma results in a lack of discussion with many people not learning about the effects of the menopause until they experience it themselves.

This absence of education also means workplaces are inapt to support people who are experiencing symptoms.

To tackle this stigma and to raise awareness about the topic, FPM and Medical Womens Federation (MWF) will be hosting two joint webinars on the topic.

These webinars are aimed at people who want to find out more about menopause, learn what it is and how it can effect people, and explore ways to make the workplace more comfortable for those experiencing menopause symptoms.

Key dates

The Menopause: Not just a woman’s issue – Raise awareness.
Thursday 7 October 2021, 12:30-14:00 GMT+1

The Menopause: Not just a woman’s issue – What can we do? 
Thursday 14 October 2021, 12:30-14:00 GMT+1

Bookings are closed for this session

Day 1 - Agenda

Day 1 of the webinar series will introduce the menopause and the perimenopause where the panel will discuss the issues surrounding the definition of both these conditions, particularly as perimenopause is not formally recognised.

The panel will also consider the spectrum of symptoms experienced by people and the cultural dimensions that are often overlooked. 

The challenges faced by menopausal people in the workplace and the possible impact on their careers will also be explored.

Session 1 – Raise Awareness – Speakers & Chair:

Chaired by Professor Chloe Orkin, Professor of HIV Medicine, Queen Mary University London and the Vice President of the Medical Women’s Federation.


Ms Lauren Chiren, Authority on Menstruation & Menopause at Work, Executive Coach assisting Finance & Legal Professionals to switch stress & anxiety to calm, focus & confidence, International Speaker, Facilitator & Trainer.

Ms Stella Duffy OBE, Award-winning novelist, trainee Existential Psychotherapist and doctoral researcher into the embodied experience of postmenopause.

Dr Nneka Nwokolo, Senior Global Medical Director, ViiV Healthcare, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine.

Dr Rebecca Lewis, GP with a special interest in menopause.

Dr Pauline Williams, Head of Global Health R&D at GlaxoSmithKline

Booking Information

Bookings will close at 10:00 on October 7 2021.

Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or you would like to be invoiced, please email events@fpm.org.uk 

Joining Instructions will be sent periodically. Final reminders to be sent on October 6 and 15 mn before the event begins.

Please note: this workshop will be held on Zoom.


If you attend this course you can use it as CPD for your appraisal. To do so you’ll need to provide:

  • evidence (certificate of attendance), and
  • reflection, specifically a couple of paragraphs on what you learnt, what effect it will have on your current practice and how it relates to Good Medical Practice.

Upload these into your portfolio and self-allocate your CPD points at 0.25 credits per 15 mins.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during FPM/MWF events and training are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. We value inclusivity, equality and diversity, and work hard to promote these whenever possible in all of our activities. We welcome your comments and feedback: events@fpm.org.uk