Doctors have criticized Davina McCall’s claim that women switch to HRT because of menopause

DOCTORS have hit back at Davina McCall’s claim that menopausal women are falling short on hormone therapy.

They argue the change is “over-medicated” and said it should instead be viewed as a normal part of aging.

Doctors have hit back at Davina McCall's claim that menopausal women fall short on hormone therapy


Doctors have hit back at Davina McCall’s claim that menopausal women fall short on hormone therapyPhoto credit: Rex

Davina shed light on the debilitating effects of menopause and the benefits of hormone replacement therapy in her latest Channel 4 documentary, Sex, Mind and the Menopause.

It came as pharmacies ran out of essential treatments and ministers were forced to devise a rescue plan amid our own Menopause Matters campaign.

The London GP, ​​Dr. Rammya Mathew said she “applauds” the top presenter for highlighting issues.

But the allegation that many women have been denied treatment by their GP has led to doctors being abused, she added.

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dr Mathew wrote in the British Medical Journal: “This can easily lead to a narrative that the country’s GPs are underqualified and underqualified and that women are badly let down because of our incompetence.

“However, the truth is that many about-faces have been made regarding the safety of HRT that have had a profound impact on practitioner confidence.

“Women’s symptoms cannot always be attributed to menopause, and while the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks for most women, this is not always the case.”

Another BMJ article argued that Brits are too quick to treat menopause as a medical issue, making women afraid of it or believing they need treatment.

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Experts from King’s College London, Australia and the US said not all women suffer when they miss their periods in middle age.

They said women could benefit from “normalizing menopause and emphasizing positive or neutral aspects such as menstrual freedom, pregnancy and contraception.”

According to surveys, 90 percent did not feel affected by physical changes and 42 percent were even happy to go through menopause.

Caroline Nokes MP, Chair of the Commons Women’s and Equality Committee, said: “If hot flashes, night sweats, unbearable itching, insomnia, anxiety etc. can be avoided, I am amazed that the BMJ is telling us to just go ahead with it .

“For many women, HRT can be a real game changer, which is why we need constant availability, better understanding from some healthcare professionals, and support, not criticism.” Doctors have criticized Davina McCall’s claim that women switch to HRT because of menopause

Sarah Y. Kim

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