The Cost of the Menopause

By Elisa Cottarelli | Team MM

Talking about money is difficult, and talking about the menopause is difficult.

So naturally, talking about the cost of the menopause is even more difficult. But it can be a significant cost for women and it’s something that is important to know and plan for, especially since the menopause can last for many years. The cost of HRT from the NHS is the normal cost for a prescription (currently £8.80 per item), though some women are prescribed two different types of HRT and therefore pay double the cost. Private health clinics offer HRT as well, that can be more tailored to the individual, which can sometimes be a better option for women who don’t react well to the standard HRT. However, the price of private prescriptions (as well as private consultations) is typically in the hundreds, and so is a reasonable option for very few. Although many women have had difficulties getting their GP to prescribe them HRT through the NHS, it’s an affordable option when you can get it. While the price of HRT through the NHS is manageable, the cost of treating the menopause can be high if HRT isn’t effective, or isn’t an option.

While each individual treatment might not be expensive, when it all adds up there can be a hefty price tag…

Many women can’t or don’t take HRT, and try to treat their symptoms individually through alternative treatments. With 34 very different symptoms of the menopause, from headaches to high stress to joint pain, there are tons of different treatments you may need to tackle the menopause, each at their own price. While each individual treatment might not be expensive, when it all adds up there can be a hefty price tag on the cost of menopause treatments. Take, for example, two related symptoms: insomnia and night sweats. What’s the cost of a good night’s sleep? The cost of cooling bedsheets and pillowcases alone can add up to hundreds of pounds, plus the cost of any additional special product you use (cooling eye masks, essential oils, sleep therapy sound machines, etc.) And those are just two simple symptoms! Trying to tackle bigger symptoms like chronic anxiety and chronic stress takes a lot more time and unfortunately, a lot more money, given the price of therapy and similar treatments.

It’s also important to bear in mind that there is an element of trial and error with regard to treatment…

That said, this article isn’t designed to add even more stress to your life. It’s just very important to be aware that the menopause carries some financial cost so that you can be prepared. It’s also important to bear in mind that there is an element of trial and error with regard to treatment – so be patient with yourself and your body. The menopause doesn’t have to be so costly, and with the right management of symptoms and treatments, it can be fairly cost-effective. Some of the best treatment for menopausal symptoms – regular exercise and a healthy diet – can be very low-cost! You don’t need a fancy gym membership to get an effective workout in, nor do you need to spend so much money on groceries to get healthy, clean food.

All in all, you can most definitely go through menopause without having to stress about money.

If you do find that you have started to spend more than you’d like on treatments for the menopause, consider cutting things out of your budget, especially those that aggravate your menopausal symptoms. Alcohol, cigarettes, eating takeaway food, and the like are not only expensive, but aren’t good options during the menopause! If you’re concerned about spending more money on treatments, it’s worth sacrificing that bottle of wine or packet of cigarettes.

All in all, you can most definitely go through menopause without having to stress about money. Nonetheless, it’s worth considering how much you’re spending on treatments and how you can adjust your budget to accommodate. It’s also important to prioritise. What is most important is your overall wellbeing and if you need to spend a bit more money of taking care of that, and a little less money on other non-essentials in life, then that’s a worthy sacrifice. Health is wealth!

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