Today, October 18th, is World Menopause Day (WMD).
Concerningly, Menopause: UK & Worldwide Statistics & Trends For 2022/23 finds that:
50% of women in Great Britain aged 45-65 years go through menopause without consulting a medical professional
73% of women in the US say they don’t treat their menopausal symptoms
50% of women had confirmed that menopause impacted negatively on their home life
69.5% of women said they needed health information on breast cancer
50% of women said menopause had negatively impacted their sex life
34% of women said that they had developed depression and anxiety
And at work:
90% of women say their workplaces offer NO help for menopausal women workers
Of the firms that do offer support:
5% offer free advice
3% have policies in place
3% of line managers are given relevant training
73% of women reported having hot flushes at work
63% said they regularly felt tired or drowsy at work
29% have lost self-confidence because of memory difficulties
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and wellbeing.
WMD is all about supporting women who are feeling lost and are going through menopause or perimenopause.
No two person has the same experience and being aware and able to recognise your own symptoms is the first step to managing them.
This year’s focus is ‘Menopause: Misinformation and management’. For more information, please visit https://thebms.org.uk/news/world-menopause-day-2023/