Facts about menopause
Approximately 13 million women in the U.K are either peri- or post menopausal Symptoms can last up to 15 years
What support can I get?
If you would like help and advice on the numerous issues covered on this website, the following resources are available for individuals, businesses whose employees may be facing problems, and counsellors and coaches who may have had no training..
In the media
I have appeared on Victoria Derbyshires show, ITN News at Ten , the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and a number of others talking about menopause
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.
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)
Dr Louise Newson
***UPDATE: Monday 24 July – the Facebook ad is now running following a lifting of the “ban”. No contact has been received by the team despite the fact Facebook assured the Daily Mail they had been in touch. *** The Daily Mail has taken up the cudgels with Facebook over the banning of our menopause Read more about News media enters the fray – but Facebook’s “apology” has not reached us![…]
Facebook did not defend their decision to ban our advert for an upcoming workshop on Menopause in Tetbury in October when the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire invited them to appear on her morning news and current affairs show. Instead a former company employee was left to defend the platform. Di Danzebrink was there to take part Read more about Facebook declined to face us on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire[…]
We were horrified to get a message from Facebook over the weekend that they had banned an advert for our upcoming workshop at Westonbirt. According to the message – pictured here – our planned advert “did not follow Facebook advertising policies”. “We don’t allow adverts that promote adult products such as genital surgery, non-surgical breast Read more about Menopause would appear to be the Last Taboo for Facebook[…]
Menopause Support founder Diane Danzebrink and GP and Menopause Expert Dr Louise Newson will guide you through the minefield and answer your questions. You won’t want to miss this upcoming event.
The average age for the menopause is 51, but shocking new statistics show that one in 20 women in the UK goes through it before the age of 40 – with doctors often struggling to find a reason why. Here’s a story in The Sun newspaper about five women who reveal the trauma of being unable Read more about Five women’s experience of menopause – some in their teens[…]
Di was interviewed by presenter Eddie Nestor about her experience of menopause as part of a live phone-in Drivetime show. See it here.
During February there was a flurry of media activity around the programme Kirsty Wark presented on BBC Scotland about the menopause. I was interviewed alongside Kirsty on the Victoria Derbyshire programme the day before transmission and later in the day on Radio 5 live Drive. The reaction both live in the studio and after transmission Read more about I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…..[…]
We all think that it’s time women who are struggling with the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of menopause get more support from GP’s the NHS and the government. I spend a lot of time talking directly to women and hearing their first-hand accounts of the problems they often have in getting information, advice and Read more about We need help – so here’s a personal plea to two high-ranking women government ministers[…]
Di and her husband Martin were interviewed by BBC Radio Five Live on Thursday 16th February as part of a drivetime discussion on menopause and living with the symptoms. A short clip can be seen below – scroll down for the full programme.
Diane appeared with Kirsty Wark on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2, talking about her personal experiences of menopause.
Diane appeared with Kirsty Wark on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2, talking about her personal experiences as part of a general discussion on menopause. A clip from the programme is below. You can see the full programme on the BBC iPlayer.