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In April 2012 I hadn’t given menopause a second thought, I was only 45. Twelve months later I had become completely consumed by it.
Founder Diane Danzebrink has appeared on ITV’s Lorraine, Victoria Derbyshire on BBC2, ITN News at Ten , the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and many others relating to her experience of menopause
Approximately 13 million women in the U.K are either peri- or post menopausal. Symptoms can last up to 15 years. Over 60% of women experience symptoms resulting in behaviour changes. 1 in 4 women will experience severe debilitating symptoms. Read more of the facts here.
About the campaign
Too many women are suffering in silence and those that do seek help are often left frustrated and disappointed when medical professionals fail to recognise their menopausal symptoms or recognise their symptoms and either refuse to prescribe HRT or prescribe them incorrectly. Too many women are being told that menopause is just a natural phase of life and they will just have to get on with it. Natural it may be but I challenge anybody who has not experienced the debilitating effects that it can have to just get on with it! Equally demoralising for a woman already struggling with a host of symptoms is to be told that she must be depressed and despatched with a prescription for anti depressants. There is still much fear and confusion around the subject of hormone replacement therapy amongst both doctors and women and 67% of women recently surveyed said there was a general lack of support or advice for those going through menopause.
More than 60% of women experience menopausal symptoms
Approximately 38 per cent of women seek help from a GP
One quarter of those who visited a GP say the possibility of the symptoms being menopause related is missed
One third of women who visited a GP were not made aware of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Many of the women I counsel are very emotional and frustrated because they have been turned away, fobbed off or not listened to. This Daily Mail article discusses why so many GPs refuse hormone replacement therapy?
Menopause – Sorry “Superwoman” Liz, your brush strokes are simply too broad and clumsy. An open letter to Liz Jones of the Daily Mail.
Dear Liz Jones, You might feel that your menopause has made you a superwoman; sadly, your article certainly doesn’t represent the experience of many women in the UK – including my own. Your judgemental commentary disrespects these women and their experiences, as it does for those women plunged into ‘medical menopause’ as the result of treatment for cancer.
A YouTube video of Di’s recent Good Morning Britain appearance has been viewed more than 4,000 times. Di was with presenters Richard Madeley and Charlotte Hawkins to debate menopause in the workplace with Daily Mail journalist Liz Jones, who wrote a critical article on the subject.
Diane took to the airwaves on ITV’s Good Morning Britain breakfast show today to take part in a discussion about the case of a menopausal woman who was unfairly sacked by her employers – the Scottish court service – then compensated and reinstated after a tribunal which found she was suffering from a ‘disability’.
DI with Meg during the event
Menopause Support’s Di Danzebrink was one of a group of expert speakers at “MegsMenopause conference”, described as “a day of taboo-busting, open conversation and the latest in scientific research on the menopause” in London earlier this week.
Di Danzebrink joined Meg Matthews for an interview at BBC Radio Five Live a few weeks ago while Meg was guest-editing a programme there. Meg has since posted this short video titled “Five things not to say to a menopausal woman” – worth a look!
Recently Di Danzebrink spent the day in Glasgow delivering Menopause Awareness training to the fabulous team at Womens Aid.
The BBC has released details of the Body Language series for BBC3, to be broadcast later this year. More detail about the schedules can be seen here. Di Danzebrink was invited to contribute to the series with her experience of early menopause. Watch this space to find out when her contribution will be broadcast.
Writing in Today’s Daily Telegraph, Diane Danzebrink has set out the reasons why she became a menopause counsellor – and a passionate campaigner for the rights of menopausal women. In the same week she crossed swords with the President of the Royal College of GPs in a Radio 5 Live interview, DI has now taken Read more about The Hidden Cost of Menopause – Diane writes for the Daily Telegraph[…]
Couples are losing their relationships and women their jobs because of symptoms of menopause, and the situation is so severe the economy is being affected, Diane told a Northern Ireland audience on the BBC Radio Ulster afternoon show today. Responding to an initiative by the Northern Ireland Police Service to develop a code around the Read more about Relationships and jobs being lost because of menopause, Di Danzebrink tells Radio Ulster[…]