VANCOUVER, Oct. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Do you feel you have a strong network to talk to about perimenopause?
Menopause Chicks put this question to 200 women aged 39 to 59 in a survey to assess how women rate their own knowledge of perimenopause and menopause. From who women have on their midlife health teams to what midlife health topics they find most confusing, the results underscore either a lack of information or misinformation amongst most women navigating perimenopause.
Menopause Chicks conducts research with women in its community on a regular basis. Most recent results are available at MenopauseChicks.com/surveyresults.
Survey highlights at-a-glance:
- Over half of respondents self-identified as being in perimenopause.
- 4% said they didn't have a clue about perimenopause; 31% said they knew a little bit. No respondents claimed to have a "very good" or "excellent" understanding of perimenopause
- Women like to get information about their own health online (77%), from friends (68%) and from books (48%). 61% rely on their family doctor or other primary healthcare provider.
- Women are confused about hormone therapy, what all the controversies are and what tests are available to help them.
- 70% of women said they don't have anyone to talk to about perimenopause (or that they would never talk about perimenopause with anyone!)
Average age of respondents: 49.9
Shirley Weir, founder of MenopauseChicks.com said: "Confusing, conflicting information seems to be the source of a lot of frustration amongst the women we talk to in our community. This, and a distinct lack of conversation around the topics of perimenopause and menopause in general, would seem to contribute to women being unprepared for changes that can occur in this life phase. We want to change this by giving women a trusted space to learn, and to connect with other women on similar journeys. Our promise is to empower women to become their own best health advocates and offer support so they can navigate perimenopause-to-menopause with more confidence and ease."
Weir is the community manager of a private facebook group with over 3400 members. Last month, 81% of the group was active generating more than 8000 queries and comments.
About Menopause Chicks:
MenopauseChicks.com empowers women to navigate perimenopause and menopause with confidence and ease. Founder, Shirley Weir is on a mission to connect women to unbiased information, to midlife health professionals—and to each other, through her private online communities (on facebook & Curatio.me). As a women's health advocate, Shirley is reframing the menopause conversation from something that has been traditionally viewed as negative, into a milestone worthy of celebration. Shirley hosted the first-ever "menopause graduation party" in 2016 and was a speaker at TedXGastown Women. In 2017, she received a YWCA Women of Distinction award.
SOURCE Menopause Chicks
For further information: Shirley Weir, 604.817.1497, shirley@MenopauseChicks.com