Your experiences of support for menopausal symptoms

How the public's stories were heard in a Westminster Hall debate

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On 9 June, Carolyn Harris MP led a Westminster Hall debate entitled Support for people experiencing menopausal symptoms.

In preparation for the debate, she asked about your experiences of the issue.

Over 700 members of the public responded to the survey, and several were quoted directly in the debate.

Thank you statement from Carolyn Harris MP

Contributors' stories quoted in the debate

Watch the full debate on

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You can also read the debate transcript on Hansard.

The Government's response

Nadine Dorries MP, the Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, responded to the debate. She addressed the Government’s current policy agenda and future ambitions related to the menopause and women’s health.

 Watch or read her full speech for details on topics including:

Women’s Healthy Strategy consultation

The Government are seeking your views to help inform the development of their Women’s Health Strategy. Find out more and submit your response:  Women's Health Strategy: Call for Evidence.

Deadline: 13 June 2021. 

Your feedback

If you contributed to this exercise, please give us feedback about your experience on this two-question survey:

“My sincere thanks to all of you who took the time to contribute to this exercise. Your stories have really helped to bring to light many of the issues which I wish to address during the debate.
“Do tune in – links to watch the debate and read the transcript will be published on this page. Thanks again!”
Carolyn Harris MP

Introducing the debate, she gave the following statement:

"Whilst all women will experience the menopause, every woman’s experience will be different.  Some will barely notice any symptoms, but for others the suffering can be unbearable – stressful, debilitating and completely life-changing.
"Support for women who are suffering is key, yet sadly lacking in many areas and so I am calling on those who know best to provide information on what more needs to be done.
"Be it fully funded treatment, better diagnosis, public health education or workplace support – what would make menopause more manageable for those who are suffering?
"I will use the evidence in a Westminster Hall on 9 June in which cross-party MPs will discuss support for women experiencing menopausal symptoms."
Carolyn Harris MP

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How your experiences are shared

Many thanks to all those who shared their experiences of this issue. The deadline for submissions has now passed.

In these exercises, your contributions are passed on to the MP leading the debate. They, or other MPs taking part may refer to your stories directly in their speeches.

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Due to COVID-19 measures, Westminster Hall debates are taking place in hybrid form in a designated committee room. MPs are able to take part virtually or in person.

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