Menopause HELP!

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.

Why the contribution is important

Going through this journey myself, I can attest to the fact that there is not much information or support from GPs. I had to see a number of specialist doctors to get the help I needed and this was not an easy or cheap process.

by PauletteNorman on March 07, 2023 at 10:56AM

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  • Posted by loocoo123 March 07, 2023 at 17:11

    Kia ora Paulette, as someone who is entering this phase of her life, I completely agree with you and support the assistance and improvements you are looking for. Specialist advice is often expensive, over-subscribed, and, if you live outside of the main urban centres, likely to be some drive away from home. Half the population of Aotearoa will experience peri-menopause and menopause, and a good proportion of those women may need specialist advice and support delivered in culturally aware and sensitive ways. Ka pai, Paulette!
  • Posted by FionaClayton March 07, 2023 at 21:11

    Completely agree. I now know thanks to private health care and specialist medical knowledge and my own grim determination , that the many symptoms I have experienced EXCEPT hot flushes was menopause. Women who don’t have this private healthcare access need GPs trained to join the dots. To not do so manifests as a huge loss to communities and the economy when this is not prioritised in the health system. It’s a matter of equity.
  • Posted by Lorax March 11, 2023 at 12:55

    Another agreement here - I had to walk away from my career despite repeated questioning. It is a shocking waste of training and productivity, and that’s not even mentioning the personal impacts.
  • Posted by Kiera82 March 14, 2023 at 01:11

    Agreed, hormone imbalance in anyone sucks and causes job losses and other issues in life, GPs need more training in this,

    Also, treat trans people in the same way because the brain is meant to run on one type of hormone and if it isn't then it and the body won't work properly together like it should, that's just my 2c as a trans person
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