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‘80% of women ‘unprepared’ for menopause’

Eight in 10 women feel ‘unprepared’ for experiencing perimenopause and menopause, researchers have found. And 56 per cent say they are ‘fearful’ about what to…

Eight in 10 women feel ‘unprepared’ for experiencing perimenopause and menopause, researchers have found.

And 56 per cent say they are ‘fearful’ about what to expect – rising to 71 per cent among 18 to 39-year-olds.

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A survey also found that 63 per cent of women yet to experience the menopause did

Harley Street aesthetics consultant, Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar, who commissioned the study ahead of World Menopause Day said: “It’s clear that there is a gap between knowledge and awareness of what signs can be prevented on the skin and body. Awareness needs to make way for empowered preventative action.”

According to the survey, the symptoms women were most keen to prevent were increased sweating (51pc), sagging of facial contours (38pc), increased wrinkles (33pc) and acne (32pc).

They were also concerned about dark circles around the eyes, dry, itchy or puffy skin, or dulled complexion.

When asked how the impact of potential skin issues caused by perimenopause or how menopause might affect them, 57 per cent of the women surveyed said they feel anxious and stressed, while 48 per cent avoided social events and 45 per cent were even reluctant to have photographs taken.

Dr Yusra said: ‘I don’t think women understand enough about the signs of perimenopause and menopause on the skin, and the affects that hormonal changes can have.

“If you don’t understand the signs, how can you know how to adapt your skincare regime and better understand treatments available?

“Menopause can affect every area of a woman’s life. If you lack the confidence in how you look, a considerable knock-on-effect can be felt, especially if employers don’t understand.”

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