I am available to work with you, either on a personal basis or through a workshop, but I do regret that I can’t undertake to give a personal response to every question I’m asked, either via this website or on social media.
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.
Three Campaign Aims:
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.
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.
Already achieved: 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.
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)
Recently I spoke at the Newson Health menopause education day for healthcare professionals . It was such an informative day and great to see a room full of health care professionals, all keen to improve their menopause knowledge.
Diane was interviewed down the line for BBC Woman’s Hour earlier talking about the latest situation on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Under the headline ‘Catastrophic’ ongoing shortages of HRT and contraceptives are unacceptable and continue to harm women, say professional bodies” the Daily Mail has warned Health Secretary Matt Hancock thousands of women are being harmed by shortages. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the British Menopause Society and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Read more about Daily Mail warns Health Secretary over HRT shortage and quotes our campaign[…]
The Daily Express newspaper has published an article quoting experts supporting our claim that family doctors are wrongly prescribing antidepressants instead of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to menopausal women because they do not have sufficient training to spot the condition.
Di Danzebrinks’ moving account of her shock introduction to menopause – and why she used that experience as a catalyst to become a campaigner – is the subject of a major opinion article in the paper this week.
Over the weekend I wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock with some key questions about menopause care, If you would like to write to the health secretary there is a template letter in the resources section of this website.
Di Danzebrink joined presenter Nana Akua on BBC Three Counties Radio for an update on how the menopause campaign is going.
The British Menopause Society has released a really helpful series of short videos with menopause experts talking about all aspects of menopause.
Hi everyone, the start of a new year and a new Parliament would seem like an opportune time to contact all our MPs to ask what they are doing about the HRT shortage and the wider campaign issues. If we all did it thousands of letters and emails would arrive in MPs offices over the next few days.
Last September DI Danzebrink was delighted to be asked to give the closing keynote speech at the British Assoc for Counselling & Psychotherapy annual conference and then to write an article for their magazine. Read it here.