Why the menopause needn't be a slippery slope to bad health

Thursday 10th May - 09:50-10:30

The perimenopause and menopause are well known for being a tough time for women. Levels of oestrogen and progesterone in the body fluctuate as the ovaries try to keep up with normal levels of hormone production, causing the symptoms of the menopause.

But it isn’t only the unpleasant symptoms that need to be taken into consideration: the changes in hormone levels that take place during the perimenopause and menopause also lead to loss of muscle mass, as well as an increased risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The good news is that being physically active can help maintain a healthy weight and offset many of these health risks, as well as helping keep menopausal symptoms under control.

This session will explore the latest evidence highlighting the positive benefits of physical activity for menopausal women, as well as the latest recommendations.

Kate Panter, Consultant Gynaecologist

Day 2: 09:50-10:30 Evidence

Kate is a gynaecologist specialising in Menopause; she was an accredited gynaecologist to the 2012 London Olympics and is a specialist advisor to the English Institute of Sport.

Kate rowed in three winning Boat Races for Cambridge University, and rowed for Great Britain first as a junior, then in the World championships in 1983 and at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

She is a graduate in Medicine (1984) from the University of Cambridge; she then trained at St Thomas’s, qualifying as a doctor at the University of London (1987).

She was a fellow at the University of Toronto (1993-1996) where she completed research for which she was awarded a Medical Doctorate by the University of London (2000).

Kate’s primary NHS consultant role was at Kingston NHS Trust (2001-2009). She now has an Honorary Contract at Guy’s and St Thomas’s where she works in a specialist menopause clinic. She is certified as a Menopause Expert by the British Menopause Society (2017).

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2008).

Kate Panter, Consultant Gynaecologist

Toosie Bawden, Women's Health Physiotherapist