Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause: Many say they feel the change is something they just have to ‘put up with’

Article by Ben Spencer for Mail Online

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  • More than two in five women said symptoms were worse than expected
  • Over a third confessed they felt they just had to put up with menopause
  • Doctors warned women are missing out on advice on easing symptoms
  • Others said there is little awareness about treatment and support options

Half of women going through the menopause suffer in silence and avoid talking to a doctor because of the stigma surrounding the change, a report warns.

More than two in five said in a survey that symptoms of the menopause had been worse than they had expected.

Yet half had not consulted a doctor – more than a third of whom said they felt the menopause was something they just had to ‘put up with’.

Doctors last night warned that women are missing out on advice about lifestyle changes that could ease their symptoms. Others said that there is still very little awareness among women of the treatment options and support available because of long-lasting misconceptions.

The menopause usually strikes women in their late 40s or early 50s and is triggered as the body starts producing less of the hormone oestrogen.

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