A new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of our sister charity the British Menopause Society (BMS) has revealed that one in two women in Great Britain (aged 45-65 who are currently experiencing or who have experienced menopausal symptoms go through the menopause without consulting a healthcare professional.

This is despite women surveyed reporting on average seven different symptoms and 42% saying their symptoms were worse or much worse than expected.

The online survey found that:

  • Among those who have not consulted a healthcare professional for their menopause symptoms, more than a third (35%) believe it is something they should have to put up with
  • The majority of women surveyed experienced hot flushes (79%) or night sweats (70%), but many experienced symptoms they did not expect
    • 22% of women surveyed experienced unexpected sleeping problems / insomnia, 20% difficulty with memory / concentration and 18% joint aches
    • It is also interesting to note that 35% said they experienced vaginal dryness, with 18% of those experiencing this symptom saying it was unexpected
  • The impact of these symptoms has been widespread with half of women surveyed saying their menopause symptoms have affected their home life, their social life (36%), and work life (36%)
    • 50% of women surveyed also reported that their sex life was affected, experiencing reduced libido (32%), reduced sex life (22%), painful or uncomfortable sex (16%) and 10% stopped having sex altogether.

Full details of the survey can be found on the BMS website.

Summary infographic: National Menopause Survey 2016 – The Results [PDF, 155KB]

For help and advice see our range of factsheets Menopause: Giving you confidence for understanding and action

In the press

Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause: Many say they feel the change is something they just have to ‘put up with’
Mail Online

The menopause myth buster every woman should read
The Telegraph

Half of women do not seek medical advice over menopause symptoms, survey reveals
ITV News

Are menopausal women getting the right care?
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC TWO