This is part 2 of a 2-part interview with Dr Fatima Khan, a Menopause Specialist, discussing how menopause and hormonal imbalances affect women’s career from as early as mid 30s. I go into detail about Fatima’s training in my introduction on part 1, so please listen to that episode first (Ep.26) to learn more about her background, and most importantly, to listen to her introduction to the issues we will be unpacking in this second half of our discussion.
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In this part 2 of the interview with Dr Fatima Khan, we talk about the stress that comes from juggling career and family life, from deciding when/if to have kids, and considering if you will be able to cope with it all. It’s palpable how much Fatima is concerned about women’s wellbeing and her concern about how stress and anxiety is impacting not only our career progression, but our overall health. Fatima worries that right when we reach the career level that we aspire, we encounter the stigma of women not being effective leaders or decision makers. Her goal is to ensure hormonal inbalances are not affecting women at this time, that they are under control so women feel in control.
I interviewed Fatima at the very beginning of covid, so also I had the opportunity to ask her about the anxiety brought about by the lockdown and how it can impact us as well. Below is a list we prepared for you to help you maintain your wellbeing during these challenging times.
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Dr Fatima Khan is a member of the AGORA Medical Specialist Centre and Medical Education team, based in Melbourne. At the time this episode goes live, as we are in lockdown mode due to COVID-19, the Australian Government has enabled doctors to see patients remotely via telehealth. So this is a great opportunity, if you are based in Australia and would like to book an appointment with her. I will list the contact details for Fatima, and other Agora Medical Clinic in the episode show notes.
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