IP Ability, Menopause, Remote access meeting, Women in IP

An informal online get-together
about the menopause

Tuesday 25 April 2023
12.30 – 1.15 pm


It’s time we talked more about menopause and perimenopause, and how to support one another through them.

Attendees joined us for our second “Menopause matters” coffee date-style gathering, open to anyone who wanted to drop by and have a chat. It was a safe space to talk about (peri)menopause without shame or censure, to share experiences as well as ideas for making our working lives more menopause-inclusive.

You can find out about our first “Menopause matters” event here.


What was the theme?

In this event, we encouraged discussions around (peri)menopause symptoms and the different coping strategies and/or treatments that people have used.

Whether you had knowledge or experience to share, were keen to ask questions or pick up some tips, or simply wished to listen to learn more out of interest, then you were very welcome to join us.

We used breakout rooms to allow people to talk in smaller groups.

If there’s another topic you’d like us to cover in a future coffee date, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to include it in the programme.


Who was it for?

Our “Menopause matters” get-togethers are for everyone who works in the UK’s IP sector. All genders and all ages are welcome, as are people from all roles and career levels. You might be going through (peri)menopause yourself, or already have done so, or just want to know more for the future. You might be joining us to find out how you can support family, friends and colleagues who are going through (peri)menopause.

Feel free to invite a friend or colleague to come along with you – someone in a different role or at a different career level, perhaps, or a colleague who’s not yet involved with IP Inclusive. They’ll be most welcome!


Important disclaimer

Please note that we did not offer medical advice at this event, just exchanging experiences and ideas. Everyone’s menopause symptoms will be different, so please seek specialist medical advice before undergoing any form of medical or alternative therapy, rather than relying on things you hear in informal discussions.


More events and resources…

We hope to organise more of these coffee dates throughout the year. Watch this space!

We’ve also published a set of resources to help you find ideas and support on this important, but so long avoided, topic. You can download that here. And we’ve established a LinkedIn group for UK-based IP professionals who want to exchange news, views and ideas about the menopause: it’s a private group so just send us a request to join and we’ll do the rest.



This event was free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive on the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoyed the event, please consider contributing to our 2022-23 fundraising campaign. For more information – including about corporate donations – visit our fundraising page.

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