How do you feel about the definition of menopause? A team of international experts is calling for a new one.
In line with the theme of today’s National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Summit Menopause and Beyond, a team of international experts has called for a new definition of menopause to be created as well as more research and improved treatments.
Led by Monash University Women’s Health Research Program head Professor Susan Davis, their published comprehensive review summarised menopause knowledge and encouraged individualised, holistic treatment that addressed symptoms and systemic body changes. It also called for more education on the timeline and treatments of menopause as they are under researched.
Among other things, this would encompass those without regular periods before menopause, who used certain types of contraception like IUDs, and who had hysterectomies.
“The road to menopause is not difficult for all, but for some, symptoms may be severe or even disabling and disruptive to work and family,” the Australian, Italian and US-based authors wrote.
Other key takeaways include:
The Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) have said safe, effective and evidence-based treatment options are available to treat menopausal symptoms, yet most women are not accessing them.
“In previous generations, women were expected to deal with it quietly but today’s women expect information and treatment options.”
Professor Davis and her colleagues underlined the importance of research outside high-income countries, the impacts of menopause on working from home and in an office, as well as the impacts on people with less traditional career paths such as caregivers and volunteers.