“I would like to see the implementation of a national awareness program around the menopause and the peri menopause so that women can understand better the implication of the symptoms on their health and well-being. Coupled with some form of professional development training for GPs so they can assist women better in this area. My experience showed me that GP knowledge in this area is not at a level which ensures that NZ women receive the best care they can.”

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I am currently passing through menopause- hopefully coming out the other end. I found the past 6years to be quite debilitating with no assistance or knowledge other than what I could find on google search. My GP (female)  and Breast consultant (private mammograms, also female) were not helpful with giving advice on solutions or understanding how long it would last. My work suffered as I dealt with the symptoms which included feeling like I was living in a fog, no short term memory and anxiety which I have not had before. My marriage has also suffered as I try to deal with something that everyone believes doesn't exist. 

by Jritchie on March 05, 2023 at 08:38AM

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  • Posted by NickyM March 06, 2023 at 08:42

    GPs need more information on menopause symptoms and treatment options including non-hormone options for breast cancer patients. More research into causes of menopause symptoms is required and more open kōrero in workplaces about how to support and not shame employees experiencing menopause.
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