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.
The Government's response
Health Minister Nadine Dorries MP responded to the debate. She addressed the Government’s current policy agenda and future ambitions related to the menopause and women’s health.
- The new menopause pathway improvement programme led by NHS England and NHS Improvement
- Guidance on the menopause for employers produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and the NHS Staff Council
- Guidance on menopause diagnosis and management published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
- Relevant forthcoming changes to how UK medical students are assessed before joining the medical register
- The Women's Health Strategy consultation
- Recent updates to education policy relating to how the menopause is taught in schools.
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!”
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."
What is a Westminster Hall Debate?
Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
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.
How Parliament works: Westminster Hall debates.
How your experiences are shared
In these exercises, members of the public who have signed relevant petitions are invited to share their experiences.
Their contributions are passed on to the MP leading the debate, who may refer to them directly in their speeches.
Find other petitions on the Petitions website, or see more examples of public contributions being used in debates below:
Online tours, newsletters, education resources and more
Parliament is currently closed to visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but you can still attend a free tour or a talk virtually – visit our online talks and events page for more information.
Contact your MP
When you or people living in your area are affected by decisions made by the UK Parliament or by the Government, you can contact your MP. MPs represent all the people in their local area, whether they vote for them or not.
Your UK Parliament newsletter
Sign up for a regular newsletter packed with the latest info on free activities online and around the UK to help you get involved and make a difference.
Regular updates on Health and Social Care
For research, reports and other publications on this or any other policy area, subscribe to Topical Updates from the House of Commons Vote Office.
Visit our learning pages for award-winning free education services for schools, colleges, communities and home educators.
You can see upcoming debates and other parliamentary business on Parliament's What's on page.
You can watch all debates on parliamentlive.tv.