Superpreparation was accused of “making money” on the “disappointment” of women due to the fact that the NHS did not diagnose them perimenopause after a health retailer launched new reviews for women costing £ 99.
This week, the main store unveiled what it called the UK’s first perimenopausal health check-up service – with a test that includes a blood test that examines key hormone levels and health areas that can be affected by menopause.
Perimenopause refers to the period that precedes menopause – hormones at this time often fluctuate, and sometimes there are symptoms of menopause.
Menopause experts told The Independent Superdrug offers a service to be provided by the Health Service, arguing that the healthcare retailer is taking advantage of doctors ’ignorance of menopause and perimenopause.
Most of the 3.4 million women between the ages of 50 and 64 in the UK will experience menopausal symptoms – from palpitations to hot flashes, vaginal pain, mood swings and more.
This was announced by Carolyn Harris, who heads a parliamentary group specializing in menopause The Independentshe was wary of Superdrug surveys because the firm provides “extortion” services to which women should have free access through the NHS.
Ms Harris, who is a Labor MP from Swansea, said: “It’s scandalous. They take from women £ 99 for a diagnosis that they should get for free at the NHS.
“Blood tests alone are not a reliable way to diagnose, and even if hormone deficiency is detected, patients will still need to see a doctor for treatment – just as they would do without analysis. The results of this test will also not determine the treatment offered by the doctor.
“It’s a big store that is trying to take advantage of the fact that menopause has increased in recent months, and make money on demand for diagnosis and treatment.”
Ms. Harris warned that all blood tests for hormones are inherently unreliable because hormones fluctuate depending on the time of day and what condition your body is in at the moment.
She added: “Even if the test comes back and says you don’t have perimenopause, the doctor will want to do your own test.
“Doctors are not going to prescribe hormone replacement therapy – a treatment used to relieve menopausal symptoms – based on a personal blood test.
“I am very worried about this. There are so many women who are frustrated as doctors say they are not menopausal or perimenopausal. Women can turn to this as a panacea to fix everything. “
Ms. Harris said she is always worried about any organization or firm looking to make money on services that people should have free access to.
The politician warned that Superdrug is “making money” on women who are vulnerable due to the fact that doctors cannot recognize that they are menopausal. Ms. Harris was surprised by the lack of awareness among doctors about menopause, as she noted that about 41% of medical schools do not include menopause in the curriculum.
Superdrug perimenopausal screening not only checks for hormones, but also examines calcium, magnesium and vitamin D levels as they can worsen menopausal symptoms, and examines their cardiovascular health and thyroid profile. Ms. Harris noted that all of these tests are available for free at the NHS.
Katie Abernathy, a menopausal specialist, said The Independent: “The problem is that a blood test alone cannot effectively diagnose menopause – the diagnosis should be based on a person’s symptoms and his personal history.
“This new health test highlights the barriers faced by menopausal people: ignorance and lack of available, accessible support from menopausal experts.”
While perimenopause usually begins when a woman is forty, women begin perimenopause at different ages.
This was announced by the chairman of the British Menopause Society Haytham Hamoda The Independent: “I don’t think patients or women should go out and buy these tests because the leadership of the National Institute of Health and Care (Nice) does not recommend conducting tests to confirm menopause.
“The diagnosis of menopause should be based on menstrual symptoms and changes.”
Dr. Shahzadi Harper, who specializes in perimenopause and menopause, said hormonal blood tests are “excessively low” because she explained that there is no blood test that would tell you whether you are perimenopausal or not.
“It’s more about your symptoms than the blood test,” she added.
Dr Harper argued that Superdrug “enjoyed menopausal awareness like others”.
She added: “Perimenopause is a good time for a general health examination, and this screening includes some basic tests. You should always go and discuss your symptoms with a healthcare professional. Women should undergo a general health examination when they reach mid-life. ”
The new screening is due to a lack of hormone replacement therapy, which is used to alleviate the physical and psychological symptoms of menopause, covering the UK.
More than a million women in the UK are estimated to be addicted to some form of hormone replacement therapy by the National Institute of Health and Medical Services (Nice).
A Superdrug spokesman said: “We would welcome the NHS to have a comprehensive service available during the perimenopausal period.
“We launched a perimenopausal health check service to help increase accessibility, choice and support for people when it comes to their health. The service checks basic hormone levels and, importantly, other important health areas, including cardiovascular health, thyroid profile, vitamins and minerals.
“The service gives people the opportunity to get professional advice and consider strategies to deal with symptoms that can significantly improve their quality of life.”