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29 October 2021

Our Collective Voice: “Every treatment I’ve tried, I’ve had to pay for privately first”

I started getting joint pain in my late 40s and, after numerous tests and appointments, it was concluded that it could be the menopause. There was a reluctance to write a HRT prescription so I booked a private appointment with a specialist online. I talked them through my history and they agreed to write me a prescription. When I needed to get it refilled, I took it into my GP who then wrote me my next prescription on the NHS. This really helped my joints but I then started to get other symptoms.

I went back to my GP to ask for treatment but I was told there was nothing they could offer. I booked myself another appointment with the private specialist, who told me there were plenty of options I could try. The first prescription didn’t have a huge impact but I tried a different medication and my symptoms became manageable. Essentially every treatment I’ve tried, I’ve had to pay for privately first. I know how lucky I am to be able to do this. What happens to women who can’t afford this luxury?

Reflection

•Do you think socioeconomic status should have an impact on the menopause treatments available?

•If this happens within menopause treatments, do you think it happens in other areas of women’s health?

We have obtained permission from the author to publish their story as part of the Our Collective Voice campaign.

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