Today, the UK Menopause Taskforce, co-chaired by APPG Chair Carolyn Harris MP and Minister for Women’s Health, Maria Caulfield, held its inaugural meeting.

The taskforce is comprised of senior politicians and clinicians and will focus on how the Government can further support those experiencing menopause across the UK. The taskforce was announced as part of the Government’s response to the second reading of Carolyn Harris’ Menopause (Support and Services) Bill in October last year. It will tackle issues surrounding the menopause, including increasing access to treatment, and ending the taboos and stigmas that still surround conversations about the menopause, including in the workplace.

Menopause APPG Chair and Co-chair of the UK Menopause Taskforce, Carolyn Harris MP, said:

“I am delighted to be co-chair on the newly formed Menopause Taskforce alongside the minister. Improving support and services for those experiencing symptoms of the menopause is something that I am passionate about.

Insufficient education and awareness of its impact alongside historic taboos around openly discussing its symptoms has meant that for too long women have suffered and struggled to access the help that they need.

The taskforce will bring together Parliamentarians from across the UK as well as professional bodies, menopause specialists and experts by experience to raise awareness of the issues and co-ordinate our response in order to improve support and services and ensure better menopause experiences for women in the future”.