The Menopause Conversation this World Menopause Day
Menopause symptoms found to be killing women’s careers
Dr Louise Newson’s not-for-profit, Newson Health Research and Education, recently conducted a survey with 3,800 women which revealed menopause symptoms such as memory loss and anxiety, and a lack of support are ruining women’s careers, with women being forced to take time off work or even leave their jobs.
The findings presented at the prestigious RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool on 14th-15th October reveal:
- 99% of respondents said their perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms had led to a negative impact on their careers, with more than a third calling the impact ‘significant’.
- 59% had taken time off work due to their symptoms: 18% were off more than 8 weeks.
- Reasons for taking time off included reduced efficiency (45%), poor quality of work (26%) and poor concentration (7%).
- Half (50%) of those who took at least 8 weeks off work resigned or took early retirement.
- Overall, one in five (21%) passed on the chance to go for promotion they would have otherwise considered, 19% reduced hours and 12% resigned.
- Worryingly, 60% of women said their workplace offered no menopause support.
- 5.2% of women who had a sickness certificate issued for time off work had ‘menopause’ cited on their certificate, while more than a third had ‘anxiety’ or ‘stress’ documented.
- And just one in four (26%) women discussed their hormones with their doctor, with 29.7% prescribed antidepressants. This is despite NICE guidance stating antidepressants should not be prescribed for menopause-related low mood.
On the 14th October, we see Dr Newson featuring on news broadcasts by the BBC and Sky, where she discusses these findings.
World Menopause Day 2021
As part of ITV Lorraine’s menopause discussion on Monday 18th October, Dr Louise Newson joined Lorraine Kelly herself and Lisa Snowdon to discuss the perimenopause and menopause.
For years, HRT has been viewed as the “high risk” treatment option for the menopause, but this World Menopause Day we see Dr Newson tacking this myth in Women’s Health Magazine.
We see education be at the forefront of Dr Newson’s messaging this year, as she tells The Sun about the work she is doing with the NHS as an advisor, her FREE menopause training programme for healthcare professionals with Fourteen Fish, and how patients can educate themselves through evidence-based and non-biased information on the recently launched www.balance-menopause.com website for World Menopause Day, the free balance menopause support app, and Dr Newson’s latest book ‘Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause’ – a Sunday Times and Kindle Best Seller.
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