Menopause Statistics and Trends for 2021/22
Speaking of data, let’s look at the worldwide numbers and the UK around “the Menopause” with a capital M. All the data seems to point to the fact that we still haven’t got to the bottom of this tricky hormone-fuelled life event.
The same study also found that 50% of women had confirmed that menopause impacted negatively on their home life. In addition, 50% of women said menopause has impacted negatively on their sex life.
A similar scenario occurs in the US, with 73% of women saying they did not treat their menopausal symptoms.
These findings reveal that there’s a huge need for information, education, and a support network to help women cope with menopause as it impacts every aspect of life ̶ both at home and work.
Reliable Information Needed
Next up were:
Hot flushes (66.5%) Cervical cancer (64.5%) Non-hormonal therapies for menopausal symptoms (64%) Laboratory tests (63%) Joint and muscle pain (62.5%)
The main sources of information were audio-visual media (57%), obstetricians (55%), friends (52%), family ( 52%) and the internet ( 51%).
The two main challenges were not knowing how to correctly access information (38%) and not being aware of reliable sources of information (36%).
All the above findings point to a dearth of trustworthy health information, or conversely an overload of information. The problem may well be that more and more people need to learn how to critically evaluate information.
Menopause In The Workplace
In the workplaces that do help: 5% offer free advice 3% have policies in place 3% of line managers are given relevant training.
The same study found that almost three quarters or 73% of women reported having hot flushes, while 63% said they regularly felt tired or drowsy.
48% of women said they suffered from low mood, 47% struggled to concentrate and 43% had trouble with their memory.
As a result of this, 34% of women said that they had developed depression and anxiety, while 29% had significantly lost self-confidence.
With an estimated 1 billion women worldwide experiencing menopause by 2025, there may be a huge opportunity for what’s termed “femtech”.
So just how big is the menopause market?
Menopause In The Market
Initially, femtech focused on postpartum care but indications are that it will move into all areas of women’s health. Let’s hope menopause gets the femtech makeover, it certainly is highly eligible.
What is femtech and why is it important?
Back in Britain, menopausal women and their pounds sterling are of growing interest to marketers and campaign managers.
According to an editorial outlining the corporate British brands developing policies to support employees going through menopause. These policies also aim to educate their entire workforce on issues surrounding menopause.
UK Leads The Way
Just last month, the UK established the UK Menopause Taskforce to coordinate and work together on support for women across all nations, held their first meeting.
Making Gina available without prescription
This is the first time HRT has been considered for sale over the counter, marking important progress in ensuring women can more easily access menopause treatment.
The task force will tackle issues surrounding menopause, including increasing access to treatment and ending the taboos and stigmas that still surround conversations about menopause, including in the workplace.
Every single one of us has a mother, and if we’re lucky a grandmother, we have women friends, cousins, aunts and women besties. We can all help by talking about our own menopause journey or struggle ̶ not only to the women in our life but to the men in our lives, and our colleagues too.
Let’s have the M conversation.