Three years ago, I had no idea I had any sort of menopause until eventually I dragged myself off to the doctor. I had been feeling weird, dizzy, very hormonal, spaced out, anxious, aching all over and it got so bad that I had to go find out what was causing it.
For many women experiencing menopause symptoms, antidepressants are NOT the answer. Dr Louise Newson ran a survey and found more than half of the women she had spoken to had been offered antidepressants by their GP. Why do so many GPs prescribe them?
While there is still a lot of work to do if we’re to break the stigma around the menopause, it’s good to remember just how far we’ve come. We explored how the menopause was viewed in times past and what the word ‘menopause’ actually means.
Ever wonder why HRT is so controversial? Following the Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002, which showed risks of cancer, heart disease, and stroke for women, prescriptions for HRT fell by nearly 80%.