Don’t suffer in silence: join the Menopause Revolution

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Friday 29 October 2021

Tags: health care, MP support, menopause, family life

Women gathered in Parliament Square in London on Friday in support of the Menopause (Services and Support) Bill which was being debated by MPs on the same day.

The Bill is backed by MP Carolyn Harris and aims to get HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), a treatment for the perimenopause and menopause, exempt from prescription charges in England. HRT is already free in Scotland and Wales. In a campaign victory the government agreed to reduce prescription charges.

So, as a charity supporting families, we think this is a good opportunity to share some resources and get talking about the perimenopause and the menopause.

Key stats about the menopause

  • The average age for menopause is 51.
  • 1 in 3 women don’t visit their GP about menopause.
  • One in two women over 50 break a bone because of osteoporosis.
  • Only 1 in 10 women are on HRT in the UK.
  • Nine out of 10 women feel the menopause had a negative impact on their work.
  • There are more than 30 symptoms including memory problems, mood changes, loss of confidence, itchy skin, changes in sex drive and hot flushes.

Let’s talk about the menopause

We started to talk more about perimenopause and menopause at Contact after watching the Davina McCall programme on Channel 4 earlier in the year. The programme highlights why it’s so important to get talking about the impact of the perimenopause and menopause on our working and family lives. 

We have set up a staff support group, and we are working on a menopause at work policy. 

Ways Contact can help you

Book a Listening Ear appointment – no topic is off limits, so if you are struggling with your symptoms or need to talk, we are here for you.

Join the menopause discussion in our Facebook group. The power of connecting with other parents will help you feel that you’re not alone. Don’t suffer in silence.

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