A year since the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Menopause launched its hard-hitting inquiry report, the Group is calling on all Political Parties to commit to the following 7 reforms ahead of the next General Election. 

An overview of APPG’s reforms includes:

  1. Menopause Health Check at 40
  2. National Formulary for HRT
  3. Incentivising GP menopause diagnosis
  4. Mandated menopause action plans in large companies
  5. Licensing of female-specific testosterone
  6. More funding for menopause research
  7. Review and improve specialist care provision

    The APPG’s ‘Manifesto for Menopause’ can be read in full here

     

    The APPG’s ‘Manifesto for Menopause’ will be launched at a celebratory breakfast reception in Parliament to mark World Menopause Day, in partnership with the Menopause Mandate and Hello! Magazine.

    Menopause Mandate today also reveals new findings from a survey of over 2,000 women that:

  • 96% of menopausal women’s quality of life suffered as a result of their symptoms, and almost 50% took over a year to realise they might be peri or menopausal;
  • Only 12% were diagnosed by a healthcare professional, with a huge 60% discovering they might be menopausal through their own research, and with only 24% having had a positive GP experience;
  • Of working women, 64% said menopause negatively impacted them at work, yet as few as 29% of their employers had a menopause policy.

The Government’s Women’s Health Strategy, published last year, failed to address the complex and varied challenges that women face when going through menopause. After working closely with medical professionals, employers, treatment providers and most importantly women, it is clear we have a long way to go. The APPG’s reforms are vital to ensure all women have the support they need in our healthcare system, in the workplace and in our communities.

We look forward to welcoming high-profile figures to the breakfast reception including Carol Vorderman, Cherry Healy, Mariella Fostrup, Levina Mehta, and many others.

The celebratory event is kindly sponsored by small, women-run menopause wellness brands: Living M, BioCare, Forage Botanicals and Biogenic Wellness. Thanks also go to Holland & Barrett, The Better Menopause, and Gold Collagen for their contributions.

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the APPG on Menopause said:

“I’m proud of how far we’ve come since we launched the Menopause Revolution two years ago. The tireless effort of so many wonderful campaigners has firmly put menopause on the political agenda.

While there have been some major successes, such as the cut to HRT prescription costs, we still have many hurdles to tackle to ensure women suffering through menopause get the support they deserve. Day-in-day-out I hear stories from women who can’t get a diagnosis from their GP, who can’t get HRT due to a lack of supply, who have left their jobs due to a lack of support, or who simply don’t know where to turn for help.

With an election expected next year, we are calling for all Political Parties to commit to these reforms in their own election manifestos, and change the way menopause is treated by the next Government. This can’t go on and the time for action is now.”

Mariella Fostrup, Chair of the Menopause Mandate said:

“We agree wholeheartedly with the recommendations from APPG and would encourage all political parties to support them. With 16 million women over 45 going through peri- menopause it’s a constituency that would be foolish to overlook with an election upcoming.

We’ve said from the outset that it’s simply crazy, both economically and in terms of expedience, that the 40 + health check, an invitation that we all receive, doesn’t include information on menopause, the one challenging and inescapable experience every woman will have to navigate. On the bright side… it’s an easy fix.”