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Menopausing: Book of the Year, The British Book Awards 2023, and Sunday Times bestselling self-help guide, to help you cope with symptoms and live your best life during menopause

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Commenting on the findings, MP Carolyn Harris said: “Women aren’t asking for a lot – we make up 51% of the population and we all go through the menopause.

And, whilst there are pockets of really good practice out there, too few employers are providing any form of support for the women who work for them.The conversation is getting louder, but while some lucky women joyously “sail through” the menopause with little more than red clover tea, the reality is that 80% have symptoms – from brain fog to anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, exhaustion, vaginal dryness and stiff joints – and most (like me) don’t tell their employers, partners or each other. The Menopause Charity works to improve women’s and healthcare professionals’ understanding of the menopause.

I would have appreciated more advice for people who have had breast cancer, as for us, there is no magic pill. Oestrogen was the oil I needed in my engine, but a year later, I got a bad batch of the compounded hormone lozenges, which turned out to be from an unregulated pharmacy, and ended up having bleeding and then cervical and uterine biopsies.But, there is still plenty of information in there that would apply to any person interested in learning more about the menopause. Or at least Google and gain a better understanding of the things the women in your life are going through because it sucks. As someone who has personally benefited from antidepressants and professional psychiatric care during this phase in my life, I strongly believe that the book should have acknowledged the efficacy of these treatments and emphasized that women should not disregard them in favour of HRT alone.

In the film Davina will fearlessly tackle the midlife taboo that can destroy women’s jobs and relationships, and will look at the lack of understanding and misinformation that still exists around the menopause. They accused the government, which last week announced a new HRT tsar amid widespread shortages of the drug, of “paying lip service” to women and women’s health.In light of the findings, the report recommends amending the Equality Act 2010 to ensure menopausal women are protected from discrimination at work. The TV presenter spoke frankly about her own experiences of menopause, revealing that she started getting symptoms when she was 44.

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