Hot topic: 80% of women are unprepared for menopause, study finds

Hot topic: 80% of women are ‘unprepared’ for menopause…and only 17% know how to prevent symptoms, study finds

  • More than half of women surveyed say they are ‘afraid’ of what to expect
  • Of the 2,069 UK women aged 18-74 surveyed, 80% felt unprepared
  • As for the treatments they would consider, HRT gel or tablets were the most popular

According to researchers, eight out of ten women feel “unprepared” for perimenopause and menopause.

And 56% say they are “afraid” of what to expect, with that figure rising to 71% among 18-39 year olds.

The survey also revealed that 63% of women who have not yet experienced menopause did not realize that symptoms can appear up to ten years before their last period.

Of the 2,069 British women aged 18-74 surveyed, 80% felt unprepared and only 17% said they would know how to prevent signs and symptoms on their bodies.

Eight in 10 women feel ‘unprepared’ for perimenopause and menopause, researchers say

As for the treatments they would consider, HRT gel or tablets were the most popular (38%), followed by skin strengthening treatments to improve hydration and anti-wrinkle injections.

Harley Street aesthetics consultant Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar, who commissioned the study ahead of World Menopause Day tomorrow, said: “It is clear that there is a gap between knowledge and understanding. awareness of the signs that can be avoided on the skin and the body Awareness must give way to reinforced preventive action.

According to the survey, the symptoms women most wanted to prevent were increased sweating (51%), sagging facial contours (38%), increased wrinkles (33%) and acne (32%). %).

They were also concerned about dark circles around the eyes, dry, itchy or puffy skin, or a dull complexion.

As for the treatments they would consider, HRT gel or tablets were the most popular (38%), followed by skin booster treatments to improve hydration and anti-wrinkle injections.

As for the treatments they would consider, HRT gel or tablets were the most popular (38%), followed by skin booster treatments to improve hydration and anti-wrinkle injections.

Other survey findings included that perimenopausal women felt more anxiety and stress about skin and body issues than postmenopausal women – 67% vs. 60%.

When asked how the impact of potential skin problems caused by perimenopause or how menopause might affect them, 57% of women surveyed said they felt anxious and stressed, while 48% avoided events. social and 45% were even reluctant to have photos taken.

A 41-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with post-menopause at 14 and had skin treatment with Dr Yusra, said: “I don’t think women understand the signs of perimenopause enough. and menopause on the skin, and the effects that hormonal changes can have If you don’t understand the signs, how do you know how to adjust your skin care regimen and better understand the treatments available?

“Menopause can affect all areas of a woman’s life. If you lack confidence in how you look, there can be a huge ripple effect, especially if employers don’t understand.

Jessica C. Bell