By Nicole Debevec
Talk about a firebrand. Diane Danzebrink is a psychotherapist, a menopause expert and a well-being consultant who challenges leaders in the United Kingdom to do better by women experiencing any phase of menopause.
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Her website, MenopauseSupport.co.uk, is filled with advice addressing menopause on both personal and professional levels. But more than that, the site is a virtual advocate for women experiencing the not-so-pleasant manifestations of menopause who suffer silently because either 1. They’re told menopause is a natural process, so accept it, get over it and move on; or 2. They’re frustrated by medical professionals’ seeming reluctance to properly diagnose and treat menopausal symptom.
Danzebrink isn’t bashing the health profession, but notes “much fear and confusion” around hormone replacement therapy among doctors and their patients. Her site noted the 2014 Nuffield Health survey that found 67 percent of women surveyed said there was a general lack of support or advice for those going through menopause. (https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/article/one-in-four-with-menopause-symptoms-concerned-about-ability-to-cope-with-life)
In her blog posts, listed as “Latest” on her site, Danzebrink unapologetically champions countless peri- and menopausal women – tackling journalists and newspapers, members of Parliament and the always present double standard that exists for maladies afflicting men versus maladies afflicting women. (Blogosphere case in point: If menopause made a man’s penis shrivel up and fall off at 51…. .)
While this blog concerns her video on a BBC project, Danzebrink has women nodding their heads in smoldering agreement when she muses, “ … it has become clear that education for health care professionals on the subject of menopause is poor and sometimes nonexistent and many GP’s, often the first port of call, are simply not equipped to help.
Again, she isn’t dissing individual doctors, but places the blame at the feet “of those who set the curriculum for their training” and the clinical commissioning groups throughout the U.K. that don’t “demand compliance with the recommendations in the clinical guidelines published in November 2015.”
**I want this woman on my side. You want this woman on your side. With the work she’s doing, I feel as though she’s already there. **