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Report on 2nd #hormonehour

by Leah. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.

#hormonehour Thursday 21st April 2016

This was our second #hormonehour hosted jointly with Bridget Hargreave.  Our first tweet chat had taken the form of a Q&A with Dr Michael Craig, director of the National Female Hormone Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital.  With our second tweet chat we wanted to try for a general discussion about female hormones and their impact.

Below we’ve summarized some of the key themes from the chat.  If you want more detail on the tweets you can find most of them from #hormonehour by searching under that hashtag.

The inconsistency of healthcare for women across the UK. 

  •  @menopauseuk has started to look at mapping the support for women going through the menopause and have started an online forum for people involved in providing and planning menopause services.
  •  https://menopauseuk.org/

NICE Guidelines

  • Recent NICE guidelines are of help, with strong evidence based guidelines, but @menopauseuk confirmed that there are still huge gaps in care & understanding.
  • The report indicates that there needs to be more research done into alternative health hormone therapies as in some cases they can have a detrimental affect when combined with medication.
  • NICE report: Menopause: diagnosis and management – Nov 2015
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23
  • This guideline covers the diagnosis and management of menopause, including in women who have premature ovarian insufficiency. The guideline aims to improve the consistency of support and information provided to women in menopause.

Shame attached to discussing hormones and their impact

  • Hormones have a big impact at so many life stages – but women don’t always talk about this.
  • This Australian Ad shows how prejudiced people can be about women on their periodshttp://tinyurl.com/jqjqdpt 
  • Menopause is still a very stigmatized topic, complicated by attitudes to female ageing and sexuality (@Menopauseuk)
  • Challenges young women going through puberty, seen frequently by Doctors (@drhannahshort)
  • Important to educate about the emotional impact of hormones as well as the physical, should be part of the sex ed at school

Menopause is an individual experience, different for everyone and it’s important to acknowledge the positive side of changes

Partnerships/campaigning

  • Important to develop partnerships across women health sector to advocate for these types of changes
  • The lifting of the VAT on tampax showed a definite move forward in women’s issues being taken seriously & showed the power of people’s advocacy/campaigning
  • Idea to look at more joined up partnerships around #hormones #women #health perhaps looking at the model of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance