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RCOG welcomes new documentary about the menopause

News 12 May 2021

A new documentary about the menopause which is being presented by Davina McCall is being welcomed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Menopause Society for breaking down taboos.

Davina McCall: Sex, Myths, and the Menopause will be aired at 9pm tonight on Channel 4. Davina, who was 44 when she experienced peri-menopausal symptoms, says she "felt like she was losing it - hot flushes, depression, mental fog". Now she tells her menopause story, busting midlife taboos from sex to hormone treatment.

Commenting on the documentary, Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“We are pleased there will be a documentary on prime time television highlighting the menopause and the challenges women face accessing support. 

“The menopause will affect every woman at some point in their life and should not be viewed as a taboo subject. Misinformation about the menopause and its effects can lead to many women not receiving the treatment or help that would otherwise be available to them, leaving them suffering in silence.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put further pressure on women as they have been faced with limited access to the help they need. Waiting lists are increasing and this means women have to manage their symptoms for longer before receiving treatment. We know the sooner women can receive treatment, the quicker they can start enjoying their lives again and the more chance further health problems will be prevented.

“When it comes to the menopause there is no one size fits all. That’s why it is vital women receive reliable, accurate education and information so they are aware of the options available and can make choices about their health.” 

Haitham Hamoda, Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), said:

“We recognise a barrier to accessing support is feeling confident and comfortable speaking to a healthcare professional. While access may vary, we want to reassure women that most GPs are very experienced in offering menopause care and can refer women where necessary to specialist menopause services. 

“During the pandemic, health services have been using innovative ways to continue providing women with the help they need, such as virtual support, which we hope will continue moving forward.

“If women feel they need more support, they can access information on the nearest menopause service to where they live through the BMS search facility 'Find your nearest menopause service'. This will provide information regarding menopause specialists included in the BMS register which contains more than 160 specialists. 

“The BMS has also launched a national menopause training programme where trainers receive a formal qualification in menopause care and a menopause trainers register aimed at increasing the number of menopause specialists."

 Notes to editor

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