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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01534

Improving Support and Ending the Stigma of the Menopause

Submitted by: Collette Stevenson, East Kilbride, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Rachael Hamilton, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Douglas Lumsden, Rona Mackay, Gillian Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Michelle Thomson, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba, Elena Whitham
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

That the Parliament recognises that World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October; understands that around 400,000 women in Scotland are of menopausal age; acknowledges that most women will experience menopausal symptoms and in a variety of ways, which, for some, may be severe and have a large impact on their lives; notes that these symptoms can include memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, hot flushes and pain; further notes the encouragement given to women to access the support and advice to which they are entitled, such as through their GP and primary care team; welcomes the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan which aims to alleviate women’s health inequalities and ensure that women can access specialist menopause services; notes the view that many women could benefit from flexibility from employers to manage menopausal symptoms and that employers should consider introducing a menopause policy to best support women in the workplace; understands that South Lanarkshire Council was the first local authority in Scotland to implement such a policy; acknowledges that there continues to be a taboo and stigma surrounding the menopause; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to launch a public campaign to remove this and raise awareness of the symptoms of the menopause; notes the calls for young women and girls to be empowered through high-quality education on menstrual health, and further notes the view that awareness-raising of the menopause will help its impact be better understood and addressed.