While it’s essential to acknowledge the progress made in celebrating women’s achievement, there is more work to be done with equity and inclusion in both the workplace and healthcare. 

Particularly underfunded and under-researched is menopause care. Menopause brings a profound change to women’s physical, mental, and emotional health, relationships, and work life, yet it has not been openly discussed until recently. Historically, menopause related symptoms were trivialized, and women going through the transition did not receive enough attention and proper diagnosis and treatment. Confusion about menopause and proper menopause care still persists.

According to North American Menopause Society, 81% of physicians in training reported having limited training in menopause care, and 50% said low comfort with managing menopause symptoms.

Only 1 in 5 women in the US received a referral to a menopause specialist. Of the 60% of women who seek medical attention, 75% of them are left untreated. Statistics from other countries also show this care gap.

Women of menopausal age are the fastest growing group in the workplace and are often at the peak of their career. 4 out of every 10 women in the US said menopause symptoms interfered with their work, and 17% of women said they have actually quit a job or considered quitting due to menopause symptoms. The statistics in the UK also point to the lack of support and education.

People with lower educational level and socioeconomic position suffer from more severe symptoms, indicating the need for easier access to care.

Closing the gap in funding and research for women’s health, especially in menopause care, is critical. Femtech, in particular, receives only 2-3% of total healthcare investment, with menopause care receiving a tiny portion of Femtech investment.

Today, WellForHer would like to show appreciation for the supporters of inclusion and equity and celebrate together the power and strength of women. 

For the best up to date guidance on menopause care, look for resources on these menopause society websites:

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