Source: AARP Menopause study, December 2019
This online survey of 599 men and women age 45 and older was fielded from December 6 – 12, 2019. The sample was drawn from AARP’s proprietary online panel (age 35+).
There is a need for dialogue and education. Many study participants say they are not prepared/knowledge of menopausal process/symptoms.
Two in five (40%) premenopausal women in the study say they are not prepared for the menopausal process and one-quarter (26%) say they are not knowledgeable about the process.
Menopause doesn’t just affect women; the men in their lives are impacted as well:
While men and women differ slightly on the numbers, they agree that sleep, sex, personality, and romantic relationships are the top four areas of life impacted by the change.
Most bothersome symptoms cited for females: weight gain; males (bothersome for them as a companion): mood swings
Although bothered by many symptoms, there are specific ones for which they are more urgently seeking relief. Men and women differ slightly on this; women are most bothered by weight gain, fatigue, sleep problems, mental fog and hot flashes. The men in their lives differ somewhat, with their partners’ mood swings and reduced libido making their top 5.
80% of women are interested in learning about a tech device for symptoms.
At the same time, only 30% of menopausal study participants have sought relief through prescription medication: In a related study from AARP, we found that only about 6 percent of women choose Hormone Replacement Therapy for relief of their menopausal symptoms.
Source: AARP Menopause studies, 2017 and 2019