One woman is making it her mission to make menopause matter. Diane Danzebrink, who underwent a total hysterectomy six years ago, has started a petition to call on MPs to help improve life for those going through the menopause. “A few months after my surgery I fell in to a very deep, dark place where I came very close to ending my own life”, she says. Thankfully she had the support of family and friends, but it made her realise just how little support is out there for menopausal women. She was surprised, as we are, that GPs receive little, if any, mandatory menopause education during their training, which, as Diane puts it “is shocking when you consider that it is a stage of life that 50% of the population will experience.”
She is now calling on on Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women and Equalities, Jackie Doyle-Price and Steve Brine from the Dept of Health and Social Care to work together with the NHS, the Royal College of General Practitioners and medical schools to make comprehensive menopause training a compulsory part of GP education and to expand menopause services throughout the UK. We couldn’t agree more. Currently, almost 16,000 people have signed the petition, which leads us to hope that Diane will get her wish. Sign the petition here.