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'As nurses, it’s uncomfortable to admit that we’ve been as confused as everyone by HRT scare stories'

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For NHS Change Day we are asking nurses to take three actions to improve menopause health and care

Our campaign to #changethechange is one of the grassroots campaigns being featured as part of NHS Change Day 2015. It officially launches on Tuesday 10th March, and our aim is simple: to get people in the NHS talking about menopause.

Considering the menopause comes to pretty much every woman, and considering how many women work in the NHS – including in some pretty senior roles – you might think menopause would be firmly on the agenda already in terms of its impact on women’s health and employment.

Not so.

So what is it that makes menopause one of the last healthcare taboos?

Anne Cooper, lead nurse for informatics at NHS England, says embarrassment and negative attitudes to female ageing must take some of the blame. And as nurses, it’s uncomfortable to admit that we’ve been just as confused as everyone else by the scare stories about HRT.

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That’s why it’s so fantastic that we have been joined in this #changethechange campaign by an organisation that leads the way in providing trusted, clear, accessible health information. Cochrane UK have designated this week Menopause Week on Evidently Cochrane. A series of six guest blogs on the menopause, from women brave enough to share their experiences, is backed up with the latest evidence on treatment choices.

We are also delighted that healthtalk.org have done a special update of their menopause section, highlighting women’s personal experiences of menopause.

For NHS Change Day we are asking nurses to take three actions to improve menopause health and care:

 

 

 

Action 1: Get together Join a new online community for everyone interested in improving menopause services.

Action 2: Get the Facts Expert advice is that the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks for most women who start HRT near the time of menopause. We are asking health professionals to commit to getting the facts about menopause:

- Visit menopauseuk.org

- Don’t miss the brand new material provided by Cochrane UK as part of their Evidently Cochrane blog.

- And pop to healthtalk.org/menopause to see more about real women’s experiences of menopause.

Action 3: Get menopause on the agenda. We need to talk about The Big M, especially in the NHS. We are asking you to commit to putting menopause on the agenda for discussion at your team meeting, your directorate meeting, or your board meeting. The two infographics here are a great conversation starter.

 

Join in the conversation and help #changethechange. We’ll be talking on Twitter @menopauseuk @ukcochranecentr @healthtalkorg, along with our Menopause Week champions: @anniecoops, @drhannahshort @SarahChapman30@JuneinHE and @GussieGrips

 

Hear from Natasha North talking about how her personal experience of early menopause convinced her of the need to #changethechange:

 

 

Further information about Menopause UK’s #changethechange campaign can be found here http://menopauseuk.org

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