Listening event: Menopause January 2022

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Luton carried out a virtual listening event on 13 January 2022 to understand women’s experience of going through the menopause.  They spoke to 5 women.

Women felt there was a lack of support and consideration for women experiencing hot flushes, tiredness or brain fog at work.

Whilst GPs could be understanding, short appointments meant that women couldn’t explain their experience at length.

All participants agreed that raising awareness about menopause in the work environment is crucial. There is a need for appropriate support measures that are gender sensitive and confidential. Having a flexible working environment for menopausal symptoms was also considered important by participants.

The report contains 6 recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Listening event: Menopause January 2022
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Luton
Date of publication 
Thursday, 9 June, 2022
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 13 January, 2022
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 13 January, 2022
Key themes 
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Focus group
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 
Gynaecological conditions
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.