Lack of individual understanding of menstrual health, due to decades of insufficient educational opportunities, has led to poor long-term health outcomes for menstruators of all ages.
The UK has the largest gender health & education gap of all 20 countries in the UK.
This historical lack of education on hormone health is holding people back from making informed choices. As a result, we are heading for a global healthcare crisis. We no longer need to be discussing the ‘Why don’t we talk about menopause? The focus must be ‘How shall we talk about menopause?’
The education that is delivered currently is not painting a clear picture. It is full of misinformation and misdirection.
The low standard of individual menstrual health awareness creates large-scale quality of life problems such as recurring illness, pain, and suffering, placing a direct strain on the healthcare system and an indirect burden on businesses.
You can’t manage what you don’t understand.
Menstrual health is not an isolated aspect of female physiology.
The timeline of menstrual events from periods to no periods is a dynamic continuum of hormone shifts that affect every system of the body. A shortfall in basic knowledge means the majority of menstruators have little or no understanding as to what the changes, signs, and symptoms mean and how to manage them effectively.
When the time traveled along the hormone highway reaches perimenopause the lack of information over age has even more significance. At the tipping point of hormonal decline menstruators are not prepared to interpret and manage the signs and symptoms, which can then have serious consequences from a health and well-being perspective. This places an additional burden on the health care system, workplaces, and relationships.
The current data shows that postmenopause females are at higher risk than men of the same age for the following:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Bowel Cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
The average age of death of females in the UK is 83, yet the healthy, disability-free life expectancy is 63
Healthy aging is directly related to healthy menopausing