West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined the Shadow Labour Women and Equalities Minister Carolyn Harris MP, in calling for the Government to recognise that women are not looking for special treatment when suffering symptoms of the menopause, but just asking to be able to access the right advice and support to help them through the menopause period.
The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, designated Thursday 18 October 2018 as World Menopause Day. World Menopause Day is a worldwide awareness call for women suffering physically and emotionally when approaching, during and beyond, the menopause.
The average age of menopause is 51 with symptoms usually occurring between the ages of 45-55, lasting between 4-8 years.
One in four women considers leaving the workplace due to symptoms while one in ten women do leave employment.
MP Rosie and the Shadow Minister are campaigning for, and say that under a Labour Government, women can expect:
* A commitment to educating our young people – girls and boys – within the school curriculum so that for future generations the menopause ceases to be a taboo subject or a joking matter.
* Improved public understanding of the menopause and its symptoms so that women no longer feel they need to suffer in silence.
* Better training for medical professionals so that doctors know how to diagnose and best treat the symptoms to make women’s experiences less painful and less distressing
* A pledge to work towards mandatory menopause policies within workplaces so that women can carry on with normal life, however severe their menopause symptoms are
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Millions of women will experience the menopause at some stage and I am pleased to be part of this campaign to raise the profile of it and show how we need government and employers to recognise that it’s not about gaining special treatment, but simply to have a better understanding of it in order to better support women.
“I have written to large local employers in West Lancashire to ask if they have menopause policies and how they look to support women through this time and ensure they are treated fairly and respectfully in continuing to carry out their employment.
“I have also contacted our local health bodies to ensure they are appropriately trained in how to diagnose and best treat the symptoms.”
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Carolyn Harris MP said:
“It is about time the issue of menopause was taken seriously. All women who live long enough, will experience the menopause, and for some it will be an unbearable time – stressful, debilitating and completely life-changing.
On this World Menopause Day, we need to commit
* to educating the next generation;
* to ensuring that our medical professionals are adequately trained
* and to introducing mandatory menopause policies within workplaces
so that women can continue with their lives, however severe their menopause symptoms are.”