Menopause counseling rooms will come to Holland & Barrett stores on high streets across the UK from TODAY
- The health food retailer is training 4,000 employees to provide lifestyle and diet advice
- These staff will be able to recognize symptoms and help women who seek help
- This comes after research found that two-thirds of women said they don’t talk about it
The Mail on Sunday could reveal menopause counseling rooms on major streets across the UK from today.
In an effort to get women to talk about their symptoms and seek help, Holland & Barrett is training thousands of staff and opening counseling rooms in hundreds of stores across the UK.
Recent research by the retailer revealed that nearly two-thirds of women said they didn’t talk about menopause, with 61 percent citing a fear of being “judged” and treated differently as the reason.
And one in three said they experienced a negative reaction, such as shutting down a conversation, when they talked about what they were going through and how they were feeling.
Holland & Barrett has trained thousands of employees and opened consulting rooms in hundreds of stores across the UK
Recent research by the retailer revealed that nearly two-thirds of women said they don’t talk about menopause
What is the dish?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman experiences before and after her period stops and she is no longer able to conceive normally.
Some women go through this period with few, if any, symptoms, and about 60 percent will experience symptoms that lead to behavioral changes and one in four women will experience severe.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness that leads to discomfort during sex, disturbed sleep, low sex drive, problems with memory and concentration and mood swings.
Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing as much estrogen and no longer release an egg each month.
In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, according to NHS.
Holland & Barrett is now training more than 4,000 staff across UK stores to recognize symptoms, be able to advise on lifestyle and diet choices and understand the different stages of the menopausal cycle.
Store managers will also receive training in prevention and the roles of hormones in menopause.
Another 18 menopause counseling rooms will also open across the country and will provide a private space to speak with a qualified menopause counselor.
A new range of day and night perimenopausal supplements is also being launched to offer women an alternative to HRT – the most popular treatment for menopausal symptoms.
During the trial, the women showed significant improvement in feeling weak, impatient and feeling tired. Vasomotor symptoms were also measured and there was a 67 percent reduction in hot flashes over 12 weeks.
‘Real progress has been made in recent years to bring menopause to the forefront of the conversation,’ said Fiona Sweeney, Head of Wellness Science at Holland & Barrett. in the media.
However, while awareness has improved, there is still much work to be done to help women feel heard.
“We know that everyone’s journey is different, and while we don’t pretend to know what an individual’s experience feels like, we can promise to be there to listen, support, provide guidance, and invite others to join us in that promise.”
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