Press Release for the #MakeMenopauseMatter Campaign

Menopause Counsellor, campaigner and founder of Menopause Support Diane Danzebrink will launch her campaign to #MakeMenopauseMatter in Westminster this Thursday, World Menopause Day, backed by the shadow minister for women and equalities, Carolyn Harris.

Diane, the driving force behind the campaign was herself subject to early menopause as a result of hysterectomy – her search for non-existent support at the time left her feeling desperate but determined to help change things for future generations.

Carolyn (pictured left) contacted Diane immediately after seeing her talking about menopause on the BBC last year and invited to her to Westminster to discuss what needs to change. Since then the two have met several times to discuss Diane’s campaign aims which are;

  1. To significantly improve menopause education amongst GP’s – far too many women are suffering as GP’s receive very little, if any menopause education during their training leaving them ill equipped to recognise and manage a phase of life that will directly affect at least 50% of the population.
  2. To raise awareness within the workplace and for all employers to have menopause guidelines in place to be able to support women experiencing symptoms. Too many women feel unsupported at work and currently 1 in 10 leave the workplace due to menopause symptoms.
  3. To introduce menopause education in to the PSHE curriculum for all teenage boys and girls. Every woman and man deserves to understand this phase of life. Far too many individuals and relationships suffer as a result of a lack of understanding of menopause.

Diane has campaigned tirelessly to highlight the failings in menopause care, education and support and Carolyn has been instrumental in ensuring the subject will be discussed in Westminster in a back bench debate, which Diane will attend, on World Menopause Day, Thursday 18th October.

Diane says:

“Women are not looking for special treatment but to be able to access the right advice and support from their GP’s, very often the first port of call when struggling with menopause symptoms. Far too many women are being let down leaving them to try to cope alone with what for 1 in 4 can be debilitating symptoms or to have to seek private advice, which for many is simply out of their reach.

“It is a national disgrace that a phase of life that will affect every woman is not thoroughly taught to every doctor and practice nurse. The repeated GP appointments that women feel they need to make along with incorrect GP referrals to secondary services for conditions related to menopause must be costing an already stretched NHS a fortune.”

“Menopause awareness in the workplace is a win-win situation. If employers want to retain valuable staff members then it is just common sense to provide the right support for staff experiencing symptoms of menopause as they do for pregnancy rather than lose them from the organisation. There are very simple guidelines and adjustments that can be put in place and with more women over fifty in the workplace than ever before, it is vital that this is addressed swiftly.”

“Historically menopause has often been the subject of jokes and even ridicule, it is high time that we taught all our young men and women about this phase of a woman’s life to ensure that as individuals they are prepared and as a society we show greater kindness and compassion when a partner, family member, friend or colleague is struggling.”

Carolyn says:

“It is about time the issue of menopause was taken seriously.  All women who live long enough, will experience the menopause, and for some it will be an unbearable time – stressful, debilitating and completely life-changing.

On this World Menopause Day, we need to commit

  • to educating the next generation;
  • to ensuring that our medical professionals are adequately trained
  • and to introducing mandatory menopause policies within workplaces

so that women can continue with their lives, however severe their menopause symptoms are.”

To contact Diane: info@menopausesupport.co.uk    07711 142241

 www.menopausesupport.co.uk

 To contact Carolyn: carolyn.harris.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 4316