The fastest growing demographic
Symptoms more commonly associated with menopause10 usually span both phases and can include low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, problems with memory and concentration, difficulty sleeping, muscle and joint pain, recurrent urinary tract infections, headaches and palpitations, as well as symptoms such irregular periods, unusually heavy or light periods, hot flushes and night sweats.
Not surprisingly, these symptoms often undermine performance in the workplace and women’s confidence. For one in four, menopause symptoms are so severe they are debilitating. And many women are forced to take long-term absence — on average 32 weeks — to manage symptoms.11
Yet Bupa research has shown that 45% of women never discuss menopause symptoms with their GP12, and if they do, a gap still exists in women’s health issues. This is because menopause is not a compulsory part of GP training and NICE guidelines only came into place in 2015. As such some GPs can find themselves ill equipped to recognise and manage symptoms in a typical 10-minute appointment.13