More than 50% of women hide menopause from their partner

In 2024, menopause remains a topic shrouded in secrecy and discomfort. Studies reveal that women often conceal their experiences of menopause both at work and within their relationships. But what’s even more striking is that many women don’t even confide in their partners about this significant life change.

According to a recent British study commissioned by the brand TENA and conducted by OnePoll, over half of the surveyed women admitted to initially hiding their menopausal symptoms from their partners. Shockingly, 43% of the 2,000 women surveyed expressed feeling “completely alone” as they navigated through the challenges of menopause.

It’s not just about keeping it hidden from partners

Trapped within the confines of societal taboos, women often suffer in silence during this phase of their lives. Nearly 8 out of 10 participants revealed they had not discussed their menopause with anyone. What’s more? A staggering 76% of women admitted to not seeking support from healthcare professionals even after recognising the initial signs.

These silences stem from various reasons: “25% cited the difficulty of broaching the subject due to perceived societal taboos. Additionally, many women harbour fears of judgement from others. Surprisingly, 10% of respondents confessed to being so overwhelmed by the changes that they chose to ‘pretend’ they weren’t happening when the first symptoms surfaced,” as reported by The Sun.

The fear factor

Menopause continues to be a largely feared and misunderstood phenomenon, with 39% of surveyed women expressing trepidation towards it. Recognising this pervasive silence and stigma, TENA has launched an awareness campaign in the United Kingdom under the banner #LastLonelyMenopause, urging women to break the silence and seek support.

A conversation worth having

Our society often associates menopause with ‘middle age’ and views it as a decline rather than a natural transition. However, by opening up about menopause with those around us, we can break free from this cycle of isolation,” says British presenter Lisa Snowdon in the Daily Mail.

But amidst the challenges, there is a silver lining for many women. The study revealed that 47% of respondents identified certain “benefits” associated with menopause. These include the relief from menstrual pains and premenstrual syndrome, as well as the freedom from the mental and financial burden of purchasing sanitary products.

As we navigate through this journey, let’s remember that we’re not alone. Together, let’s foster a culture of openness and support, where women can freely discuss their experiences and seek the help they need.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire Belgium Flemish
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


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