#womenshealthmonth - The Menopause

All women go through the menopause, the ‘change’, ‘that time of life’, whatever you call it. Women sit within one or other camp – been through it & out the other side, going through it, dreading it, ignoring it or too-far-away-to-even-care. You might even be looking forward to it – no more painful periods!

Some women are lucky and breeze through it but most of us experience symptoms that can affect our lives, some more dramatic than others. A small number of women experience early onset menopause which can leave you unable to conceive at an early time of your life. Some menopausal changes can also be brought about by cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

More women are opening up about their menopausal experiences which has brought a new awareness to the workplace. Alison Wilson, Health and Wellbeing Practitioner at Solent NHS, is excited to be working for a new menopause service being rolled out to all staff working in the NHS and Primary Care services across Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.

Alison has seen an increase in the numbers of women looking for support. “So many of our staff felt alone with their symptoms, that no one shared their experiences or understood the day-to-day anxieties. This new self-referral service has been set up to give NHS staff expert help and peace of mind. Staff can access advice and 1-to-1 support around menopausal symptoms (whether for themselves, partner, or other staff they manage). They can receive advice on a range of questions including lifestyle changes and HRT, and for more difficult symptoms, the service can advise on when to contact your GP or get more specialised help”.

To access this service, NHS staff within HIOW can contact HWSS@hhft.nhs.uk

If you are looking for information or have questions about menopause, visit the patient arm of the British Menopause Society at https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/.

For women experiencing Premature Menopause or Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, visit https://www.daisynetwork.org/