New health clinics to offer relief to women in NSW

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As she recovered from the operation, the hot flashes and brain fog set in.

“I had this emotional response that was next level. I was looking out the window and I saw a cat and I was crying because I love cats,” she said.

According to Regional Minister for Women and Health, Bronnie Taylor, many suffer in silence from the severe symptoms of menopause.Credit:oscar colman

Hormone replacement therapy is helping suppress her symptoms and she will continue treatment until she reaches her 50s.

“When I was going through this at first, I really wish I had a menopause center to go to,” Hendriksen said.

“To have this accessibility to doctors, other [health professionals]other people who are going through the same thing and have a place where the information is so accessible…it’s so crucial.

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According to data compiled by the Australasian Menopause Society, around 50% of women experience significant symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, headaches, brain fog, loss of memory for words, body aches and pains. body aches and insomnia.

One in five women experience severe or prolonged menopausal symptoms.

Regional Minister for Women and Health, Bronnie Taylor, said “many women suffer these symptoms in silence and do not seek the support and treatment they need”.

“We want to break the social stigma around talking about menopause and encourage women to share their experiences,” she said.

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The centers work with existing osteoporotic refraction prevention services – which aim to care for people with their first minimal traumatic fracture and intervene to prevent future fractures – to identify women who would benefit from more specialized care in treatment. of their severe menopausal symptoms.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the Menopause Services Network would support 5,500 women each year and also help them manage the longer-term risks associated with menopause, including osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke. high blood pressure.

“These services offer both in-person and virtual care to give women choice in how they receive care and manage their symptoms,” Hazzard said.

Associate Professor John Eden, reproductive endocrinologist and director of the Sydney Menopause Clinic, Royal Hospital for Women, said that “most women with severe menopausal symptoms do not receive treatment, but these unpleasant symptoms can be managed in a safe and efficient manner”.

The state government has also launched an awareness campaign and menopause toolkit to provide clear information about perimenopause, menopause and how to access services in New South Wales.

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