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Breaking the menopause taboo: more must be done to support doctors, says BMA

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 06 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3107
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Employers should take a proactive approach to normalising the topic of menopause and should spread awareness of the impact that symptoms can have on doctors’ work, the BMA has said.

On 6 August the association published a report on the issue,1 including the findings of a survey that received 2000 responses from BMA members.

Of the respondents, 93% (1860) said that they had experienced symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, loss of confidence, and debilitating hot flushes as a result of menopause, and 65% (1300) had experienced physical and mental symptoms. Of the 1860 respondents, 90% (1800) said that the symptoms had affected …

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