GPs and the Menopause [with sign language]

Dr Louise Newson discusses the difficulties some women face when seeking treatment for the menopause from their own GP.

Video Transcript:

I am Dr. Louise Newson. I am a GP and Menopause Expert in West Midlands.

It is very hard for women for they might see a trusted GP who they’ve known for absolutely years and then they approach talking about the menopause and I have seen people that are told “Well, it’s the menopause. What do you expect? This is what happens”. And it’s not always male GPs that talk like that. It can be females as well.

I think it is very hard for the women to have the confidence to talk to a medical professional and then get told “You don’t need treatment” or “Here’s some anti-depressants” and that can be very hard when their esteem is low anyway.

So quite often in practices they do have a doctor that is more interested in the menopause and women’s health, so a woman could ask the receptionist if there is a doctor in the surgery who is more interested in the menopause. Sometimes it could be the practice nurse – it doesn’t always have to be a doctor – and a lot of practice nurses are able to prescribe…that would be worth finding out.

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