Menopause is a subject that is not often discussed openly but recently a public conversation has begun with the help of some high profile women including Davina McCall and Michelle Obama.

Healthwatch North Tyneside carried out research into support available in North Tyneside and published our findings in a report. Women told us they would like more information available to enable them to make informed choices about treatment, both medical and non-medical, and access to support from women with experience of menopause.

It’s worth talking to a GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you’re experiencing symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age.

They can usually confirm whether you’re menopausal based on your symptoms, but a blood test to measure your hormone levels may be carried out if you’re under 45.

Information and Support

Here are some webpages offering support and advice:

Rock My Menopause - Menopause Information

NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/

Age UK: Six things to know about menopause

Menopause Support: https://menopausesupport.co.uk/ and their symptom checker

Miss Menopause: https://www.missmenopause.co.uk/ blog and she offers a Facebook group you can join.

Women’s Health Concern: https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/

Tyneside Women’s Health

Balance Menopause Library

The Balance App – available to install on Google Plan and the App Store.

The British Menopause Society: The BMS Menopause Toolkit