This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Half of women go through menopause in silence

Written by: | Published:

Many women say symptoms are 'much worse' Many women say symptoms are 'much worse' than expected and aren't aware of guidance to help them

One in two women go through the menopause without consulting a healthcare professional, a new survey by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the British Menopause Society has found.

This is depite women surveyed reporting on average seven different symptoms and 42% saying their symptoms were worse than expected. The impact of these symptoms have affected their home life, social life, work life and sex life.

Dr David Richmond, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said that for some women menopausal symptoms can be extremely debilitating and that this survey 'paints a concerning picture' that many women are not speaking about this.

'Every woman’s experience of the menopause is different and we encourage women to talk openly to their healthcare professionals, employers, friends and families about the menopause. There is help and support available and the recently published NICE guideline provides both women and healthcare professionals with clear guidance and information about the menopause and how best to manage symptoms,' he said.

Among those respondents who had not consulted a healthcare professional, 35% believed that the menopuase was something they should have to put up with. The survey found that only 3% of the respondents had heard of the NICE guidelines.

Dr Heather Currie, chairman of the British Menopause Society, said: 'The publication of the NICE guideline represents a much needed first step towards ensuring excellent standards of care for the treatment of women experiencing the menopause.However, the survey demonstrates there is still extremely low awareness
among women of the guideline and misconceptions around the menopause persist.'

More than 200 leading women's health experts gathered at the British Menopause Society's annual conference on 19 May to discuss recent research advances and the impact of the NICE guideline on adressing the needs of women experiencing the menopause.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.