August 18, 2022

Ladies are flocking to costly non-public menopause clinics because of the lack of NHS care accessible, a survey has instructed.

The ballot discovered that, up to now 12 months, 5 occasions as many ladies sought paid-for medical assist for signs akin to scorching flushes and sexual discomfort in contrast with the earlier 12 months.

In July 2021, simply two per cent of ladies admitted choosing non-public therapy. Now this determine has jumped to 1 in ten.

The outcomes of the survey of practically 1,000 girls by non-public On-line Menopause Centre suggests this pattern could also be resulting from dissatisfaction with NHS companies.

4 out of ten girls rated their NHS expertise of menopause care as poor or very poor, in contrast with only one in ten in 2021.

Almost a 3rd stated they didn’t really feel supported by their GP when it got here to their menopause well being.

Dr Philippa Kaye, a high-profile GP who focuses on enhancing girls’s well being, stated the rise in demand may be due to celebrities akin to Davina McCall advocating for extra help for menopausal girls.

CAMPAIGN: Davina McCall (pictured) has been calling for higher assist for menopausal girls

‘Elevated public consciousness is encouraging extra girls to hunt therapy – that is good because it means extra are asking for the assistance they want,’ she stated. 

‘However, on the similar time, GP companies are below great strain resulting from workers shortages. NHS ready occasions to see a menopause specialist will be as much as a 12 months.

‘This has created an ideal storm the place sufferers could select to pay to obtain therapy at a non-public clinic.’

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There has additionally been a regarding enhance in girls being prescribed antidepressants as a therapy possibility, with 5 per cent receiving it in 2021 in contrast with 13 per cent in 2022.

Dr Kaye stated: ‘Antidepressants can be utilized to deal with menopausal signs, however for nervousness and despair within the perimenopause they shouldn’t be supplied as a primary line therapy.’

The survey discovered that greater than 70 per cent really feel there may be not adequate menopause info freely accessible to them.

Dr Kaye added: ‘Ladies’s well being stays under-supported and that may result in girls feeling as if their issues in regards to the menopause are dismissed by well being professionals, together with GPs.

‘I want to see extra impartial information on this topic, notably on the explanations for going non-public, so we are able to enhance entry to menopause therapy for everyone, regardless of their potential to pay.’