According to a new survey, a substantial proportion of women in the UK are not receiving adequate menopause care. Although guidelines recommend individualised consultations for women during all stages of their menopause, this is not being adequately practiced.
Researchers surveyed 2904 women using a questionnaire delivered through social media to evaluate the perimenopause and menopause care in the UK.
A total of 79 per cent of the respondents had visited a healthcare professional regarding perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms. Of them, 44 per cent visited their regular general practitioner. Forty-three per cent reported being disappointed or frustrated with the care received and 70 per cent had no awareness of NICE guidelines on the diagnosis and management of the menopause. Antidepressants for low mood associated with perimenopause or menopause were prescribed to 40 per cent of respondents, of which 66 per cent were offered antidepressants in place of hormone replacement therapy. Seventy-two per cent did not receive any advice on lifestyle choices. On a scale of 5, the overall rating of women’s experience of receiving evidence-based, non-biased perimenopause and menopause care was 2.52.
The authors said: "There is a desperate and urgent need for more evidence-based menopause care and wider education campaign in primary care."